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The Eclipse

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Okja

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PBS

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2016

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Watson Ikea

You either get this one in two seconds or you don’t. – It’s an all-or-nothing joke.
If you’re still confused it’s too late.

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Five Years Online


Although I started drawing my “Watson” comic strip in 2006, I didn’t start posting strips online until October 30, 2010. I spent a lot of time working with different ideas about the strip, trying to find the right balance between sweet and snarky. I also experimented with different ways of drawing the strip, too. From 2006-2009, my inking technique was still very elaborate (a bad habit I picked up in college), and I spent a lot of time “over-inking” early strips to make sure all my lines were crisp enough to split an atom. Over time, I realized that laboring over tiny details wasn’t as important, and how looser, “funny” lines often looked better. – When I look back at those early 2010 strips that I know think look so bad, I have a hard time remembering how the strips from 2006 or 2008 could’ve looked any worse, BUT they really did.
That said, I can’t believe how much the look of the strip of Watson had changed in the short five years it’s been online.

In 2016, Watson will celebrate 10 years since its initial inception.
It’s hard to believe how far that floppy-eared dog has really come.

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Marmaduke Tribute

Brad was my friend and I’ll miss seeing him. He gave me a lot of good advice about drawing Watson and I’m glad I got a chance to know him. The cartooning family is a big one and when someone like Brad leaves us it’s very sad. I think it’s fair to say that there would be no Watson had there not been a Marmaduke. Brad made so many people smile. He will be missed.

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Sex Tiger: A and B

In all my time drawing “Watson,” I’ve never been so ruffled by a background that I go back and completely re-do it before I publish the strip. In this case, I did. While the drawings of Clover and Fudgey are cute, there was something wrong with the bottom strip (see below) that I just couldn’t put my finger on; something about the strip wasn’t right. After re-doing the background (as seen above) I realize that I’m still not happy with the way this looks. I have no idea what it is. It may be something lurking deep within my subconscious. Perhaps some unresolved Sex Tiger issues from my own childhood. – We may never know.

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Jurassic World


It took me a minute to figure out how best to work this joke, but then when I finally figured it out the clouds parted. The idea of making another Jurassic Park sequel is very much like making another ridiculous dinosaur in the lab. Whether it’s the studio making the film or the crazy money-hungry people in the film building a new dino-venture, they think they’ve finally figured out how to get things just right, but they never do. – It always goes bad. – They just never learn.

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Gags

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Slaw

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Pez

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Spock

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Clint

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XKCD

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Cuts

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Archive Returning Soon!

 

 

 

The original “Watson” comic strip archive is moving over slowly from the old website.
Snippets from 2011 – 2014 are still moving over.
Never-Before-Seen “Early Watson” Comics from 2006-2009 are also on the way!
Additional strips will be returning in bits ‘n’ pieces in coming weeks.
Please be patient.

 

 

 

 

 

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2014

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Attic

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Falling Leaves

A little heart, a little fun, and a little pie-chart. How can you go wrong?

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Zombie Kittens


This strip is what happens when cute meets scary. It’s a winning combination.

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iSoul

Die-hard Watson fans will know that whenever a new Apple product comes out, I always do a strip about America’s zombie-like devotion to these products; I’m kind of a zombie, too. In previous strips there was a little kind names “Apple Kid” who always got lobotomies and strange surgeries to prove his undying devotion to Apple. In this strip some kid has made the ultimate upgrade: The iSoul, a product that replaces your real soul with some Apple thing that just compels you to shop and shop. I think most die-hard Apple fanatics have this already. — Things would be so much easier if we could just give ourselves over, completely, to Apple. Install the new iSoul and let the pain just fade away.

And, like the new iPhone 5C, this strip comes in more than one color.
Bright white and Traditional Recycled.
Both come with iTunes.

Come back soon.

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CPAP-MAN


This strip is very silly and weird. A “Cpap” machine is a machine people with sleep apnea or upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) wear at night so they can breath. I know several people who wear these at night, all of them lovely people. Sleep disorders aren’t an area of health that get a lot of play in Comics, so I thought this might be cute. The joke here, if you haven’t figured it out, is just a word switch with the “PAC” in Pac-Man to “PAP” in Cap. — Not rocket-science. Just a little letter-jumbling. If you didn’t get it or did get it and found it awful, you’ve hit the nail on the head. – What the hell does Pac-Man have to do with sleep disorders? The answer is: nothing at all.

Congratulations! You’ve made it to ROUND 2.
…Get ready to play again.

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Calvin and Hops


This comic is very silly and very straight-forward. If you’ve read “Calvin and Hobbes” then you know Bill (Watterson) has a great sense of humor. I’m about 85% sure that I’m not going to get a phone call about this, but if I do I’ll be sure to blame someone else. Calvin would’ve wanted it that way.

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Open Babar


This strip takes 1 second, literally, to get. If  you don’t get it in the first 3 seconds it’s over. I seldom have strips that are this hit-or-miss. In fact, this may be my most hit-or-miss strip ever. If it’s not your thing, no bother. A new strip will be coming soon. FYI – I thought of this strip while reading a children’s book (not that one) to my kiddo. I was thinking about story book characters and then things that rhyme, and my little joke alarm just went off. …It gets me at strange times. It’s kind of like being Batman, but in a slightly different way.

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Hot Stuff


As if from a true demonic story, I thought of this idea (truly) as I ran upstairs to check on something right before I was about to post another, less funny strip. As soon as I came back to my drawing board I had this idea in my head, it seemed a little funnier than the thing I was about to post, and I had it done in less than 10 minutes. As it turns out, I think this is pretty darn funny. — I’ve saved yet again. I wonder who’s been reading? …Is it getting a little hot in here or is just me?

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The Whos in Whoville


This unusual “Watson” strip is a timely salute to the new, 12th Doctor in the “Doctor Who” series, appropriately depicted as a Dr. Seuss character, “a Who,” by the same name. This strip is only really funny/cute in the context of this TV show and those who know it. It will be very cute for the next few days, but may not have a lot of staying power over time. No bother. I’m sure there will be another comic soon.

And, yes, the “milk ticket” Watsons are still emerging; just one drawing on the back of a Good Haven Elementary milk card. – When will the old strip be back? What about all the fancy colors? …Can’t say for sure. I’m just going where the winds take me.

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S’MORFS


This “Watson” strip is a little different. In the spirit of many things, I’m trying a slightly different approach this time. Beyond telling a joke in the strip, I’m also starting to think about the world of the comic strip and where it might come from. This strip, as you’ll see if you squint, was written on the back of a Good Haven Elementary milk card, an item from the school house all the “Watson” kids attend. …Who made it? Maybe me. Maybe someone else at the school. – Nevertheless, I’m exploring many options in giving my readers something exciting and fun (maybe different) that they’ll really enjoy. I enjoy all of it so I think we’ll all be okay. — Stay tuned for more mysterious developments.

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The Hole Year ‘Round


This strip is about the seasonal (and literal!) “middle” of Summer. Although calendars and astrological charts frequently align, most would agree there’s a point when most school kids think “Oh crap! I can already see September. What the hell have I done with my summer?” I think it would probably be much easier to have your wake-up call be a tumble into a big squishy pit, BUT we’d probably need a lot of pits; parking-wise, I just don’t see it as a possibility.  – Bottom line, Summer – like all good things – does have a beginning, middle, and end. Try to make each day count. Enjoy the weather. Drink your silly iced latte’ with extra squirts, and just LIVE! LIVE! LIVE! — And, keep an eye out for the “middle.” It’s always hungry.

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Here’s Fudgey!

WATSON.DRIVE.IN
This strip is all about movies in the Summer: making movies, going to movies, watching movies; loving movies. Every summer, right around now, I get in a funny mood where all I want to do is be outside at night and look at things that glow. This may be a genetic defect of mine. It may have something to do with 50s B-movies. …I can’t be sure. That said, if you’re feeling a little funny in coming days (and you’re not glowing), I would absolutely suggest going to a Drive-in, dressing your dog up like a space-alien, and/or just doing what feels right. One of the great things about being a kid, especially in the Summer, is that no creative venture, short of setting someone on fire, is ever off limits. Kids go crazy in the Summer and parents know it. They wanna be aliens. They wanna sleep under the bed. There’s a mutant-lobster in the furnace room… These are all par for the course. My advice is for you to embrace these extra-terrestrial vibes from planets beyond and just have fun. That’s what Summer’s for …Correction! — That’s what’s life’s for.

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Tennis Whale


This is based on something that really happened.
Remind me to tell you later. – I was the guy yelling at the whale.
The whole thing looked exactly like this.

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Really Grande Latte


I love Summer. Most days all I can think about is iced coffee, sand, and the sea. I think this strip is a combination of all three. This strip is a little unusual (for me) in that it doesn’t feature any of my usual characters, but I think it’s good to shake things up a bit every so often. – In a benevolent universe, I’d like to believe that all the squid really wants is some scones, but I can’t say for sure. The coffee cannon atop a Starbucks sailing vessel is a truly ingenious idea. If they had Starbucks ice cream trucks that toured around town spraying kids with iced coffee, I think summertime would be just so exciting. — Let’s all work on making that a reality.

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The W-Files


This strip was inspired by a number of ideas, but I fear it may just be as simple as thinking about Drive-Ins in the summer time. In this instance, I believe I was thinking about monster movies, and corn fields, and flashlights, and it all ended with this. — A little spaceship making crop circles in Watson’s fur. Maybe Watson fell asleep outside. Maybe he was chewing a bone out by the corn. Not sure. …The lighting on this was really fun to do. I have no regrets about this strip. Call it weird. Cringe because there are no word balloons or punchlines. Coming from the mouth of the artist, this is my sense of humor to a T. — If it leaves you feeling cold, alien abduction lines begin right behind the little Tonka truck.

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Google It


This strip is very straight forward. Although the point is subtle, I had intended that Fudgey on the left would represent “knowledge” (or the lack thereof) and Peanut (the kiddo in the glasses) would represent information. The discussion here, I suppose, is what does it mean to actually know something, and of what value “knowing things” is when answers are just a click away. It’s a larger discussion to be had, but not here. – Someone else have it and let me know what happens.

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Tainted Love


Why shouldn’t we have a strip about Spring and Love? After such a long winter, I think a little love is probably a good idea. Unfortunately, Cupid is also a little kid, too, and darn-it if they don’t all love their goofy little texting-pods. Rumor has it, Cupid switched from arrows to suction-cups some time in the mid-70s. I salute his desire to adapt.

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More Snow


Today’s “Watson” is all about the icky snow that just won’t leave us be. After several Spring strips there’s just more snow. While I try to mix-up my topics a bit from week-to-week, I know everyone in the Mid-West is feeling kinda blue about the latest winter storm, and just wanted to toss this one out the have some fun. On the creative end, the new “experimental” style of getting business done is still holdin’ strong and opening new doors. This strip took about 15 min to ink (going slowly sans penciling) and turned out just fine. Clearly, I’ll never get as much crazy detail as I did using my uber-boring, Rain Man-style, but the light, fluffy clouds that enter my studio while drawing this way are well worth the trade-off. Over time, I’m sure I’ll grow into my new hippie shoes. Overall, another satisfying turn. No problems here… Just snow.

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Cold Essentials

Today’s Watson strip is another step in what’s sure to be a long, fruitful path or renewal and discovery. If you’re wondering why Watson looks a bit more like a gazelle than in previous strips you’re not alone. Watson, as well as the rest of the strip, is undergoing a transformation in an unknown, new direction. Rather than hide it from my readers, I’m hanging all my wash out on the line to dry. After two years of drawing (and thinking about) “Watson” in one, I’ve decided to turn my laundry bag upside down, empty out all my drawing socks, and start down a slightly different path. …I’m not the first one to attempt this. If I had to comment on what prompted all this, I’d say: I’d just like the strip to be a little more “free” and more fun to draw. You may not see a real difference, but it’s there I promise you. – More good things are in store each and every strip. Not sure when or where the great transformation will end or stop, but I’ll be sure to tell you when it does. I suspect it will just keep on going. That’s what Art just likes to do.

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Think Like a Tree

I thought of the idea for this strip while standing in the crowd at a Magnetic Fields concert. In case you’re not familiar with them, the Magnetic Fields are a delightful, Byronic-esque band whose songs focus on relationships, break-ups, back-stabbing, betrayal, and appeal to people who wear black pajamas in an non-ironic way. They’re most famous for their 4-CD collection “69 Love Songs,” which I’ve had a wonderful relationship with since September 13, 2002.

All I can say about this strip is that it came from a creative place of fearlessness. I was standing in the crowd rubbing elbows with all these groovy people, and thought “What kind of ‘Watson’ strip would someone who likes The Magnetic Fields write?” The idea for this strip probably emanated from a much more clear-headed way of thinking than I’m used to; it was purely emotional. I’ll try to come back to this sort of thing in the future.

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Drop ‘Til You Shop.


This strip was, of course, inspired by the annual madness of Thanksgiving and the multiple days of shopping (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber-Monday, Tentacle Tuesday, Wobbly Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Fuzzy Friday) that follow it.

Nothing terribly obscure in this one, minus the obvious data that whenever Americans christen a new holiday (We haven’t had a good one since Divorced-Pet Day), they can never do so without negotiating in vast quantities of food and frivolous spending for everyone involved.

One might argue that advertisers are really the ones in control, but one could also argue that…Who smells chocolate?
Is that chocolate?
What time is it?
I need some Ranch dip. …Ranch dip smothered on ice cream.

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Pain

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Rain

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Ink

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Swan

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Vogue

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Elmo

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