I realize this sucker is probably going to fly over a few younger heads...but maybe not...the joke itself is still solid. I'd love to have been at a school where Nietzsche was the janitor!

And if you're a fan of the movie Blazing Saddles, you know what the actual response to Claire's second statement is. ;)

I'm enjoying where the strip is heading. I'm trying to create an "All Ages" strip that really does suit all ages - not dumbing it down for a younger crowd and not making it too silly for the older crew. Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 once said of his show that they didn't worry that everyone would get every joke but that "the right people would get the right jokes." That's what I'm hoping to achieve here. You'll have to let me know if I'm getting too high-, low-, or Unibrow for everybody. Either way, I'm having a good time.

For those of you wonder, Jim Aparo (the founder of the school) was a Batman artist through the late 70s/early 80s. He was not the flashiest, nor arguably the best person who ever drew the Caped Crusader, but he was drawing him when I was steadily reading Batman. He died a while back, and his colleagues all said of him that he was the most dependable artist they'd ever worked with. That when you gave him an assignment, you knew it would be done, be on time, and be good. That's really something I think many artists should shoot for. It's great to have a vision and excuses as to why this or that can't be done...but something else to have a reputation as someone who gets their work in - and done well - on time.

He's always been an inspiration to me for that, if nothing else. There's also a St. Aparo hospital in Thugs! which you'll see in the forthcoming issue #7.

- Al

News for Coffee Drinkers: Alas, the House of Haha has informed me their printer can't produce mugs of my work for the time being, but we're keeping our fingers crossed they'll be able to sometime soon. Shirts and Totes are still totally available.

Got my first shirts (and coffee mug) back from House of Haha (with the earlier Bounty Road design to them) and I was pretty much blown away. I can tell you to buy with confidence'll get a nice looking product for your money. As if there was any doubt! :)

The latest insanity from Studio Fugazi is now available on t-shirts, tote bags, and hats from the mad, beautiful people at House of Haha!

I told you we'd have Barbrabarian shirts, and other sundry merchandise! This is the first of a couple fun designs I have planned. I'm also going to work on a logo-only design which I think will look really nice on a shirt or mug. I'm really excited about this...I mean something I created is actually going to be worn by people...actual people! :)

Click the links above to see the craziness. And sleep well in the knowledge that by buying something you're supporting not one but two small independent businesses.

BUY MY STUFF: Check that news item above! Some new stuff! Finally! Woohoo!

- AL



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