A few words about Strip Search Episode 10
I was already taken aback by the response to episode 9. I made many mistakes leading up to my elimination; I failed to consider the judge’s tastes in my answers, was ungracious in the face of critique, and dug myself a hole being over defensive. I stood by what I believed in, though, and instead of ridicule, I was met with an outpouring of support.
Today, however… Today I am blown away. I am flattered. I am humbled. I have to take breaks from reading all the feedback so I don’t cry! I never expected this.
As many of you already know, or have come to notice, I don’t really do strip or gag comics. In fact, I don’t really do comics at all! I used to, and sometimes I’m inclined to, but I often set those ideas aside in favor of illustration commissions or practice. Illustration is how I support myself, so it’s hard to take time away from actively pursuing and honing those skills.
The Cloud Factory, my comic-in-progress, will be illustrative as well; a long-form story comic, online graphic novel, whatever you want to call it. But seeing the decision-making footage for the first time and reading everyone’s reactions has really opened my eyes to the idea of doing more strip style vignettes. This comic was forged under circumstances I’ll never be able to duplicate, so I hesitate to promise any additional stories with those characters, but I’ll keep them close to me. Just in case.
The decision that faced Mike and Jerry was an incredibly difficult one, between two distinctly different art and joke styles, both successful in their own rights. Tavis is a skilled and accomplished cartoonist, dedicated and loving family man, and an amazing friend! I am proud to have done battle with him this day, and can’t wait to see what he does next.
Thanks again for all your support and kind words, and if you were on Team Lexxy, I hope you keep watching my friends!
Today has already been quite a day! How about a new piece of art to take the edge off? This one was a surprise commission from a client for his beautiful wife, lookin sassy in steampunk!
Episode 10 of Strip Search: In which an intense battle is fought!
You’re not going to want to miss this one, guys. Trust me.
Fan art for Strip Search! I drew a bunch of fellow cartoonists. Is this weird? Let’s not make it weird.
Everything about this is amazing!
Might as well leave this here, since I’m already answering asks about it!
Episode 9 of Strip Search: In which I make a spectacle of myself.
fancysuperexcellent asked: Hi Lexxy! I just watched the latest Strip Search ep and, eek! I was really happy that you engaged the fan concerned with stereotypes! I think it's important for creators to be wary of unintentional perpetuations of -isms and how their characters may feed into a broader, hurtful social context. Also, all the points you brought up with Scott were perfect; snark+self-deprecation do provoke picking sides, and the "good guys," aka the people coming to your defense, are angry in your name.
Thank you! They mercifully cut out a lot of my rant, but it’s definitely something I felt strongly about and I don’t regret what I said! Just my overly defensive attitude. I let myself do exactly what I did when AJ hit a sore spot the day before (times about a HUNDRED), and Scott was good enough to humor and engage me throughout. We’re totally cool now, though! We just have different philosophies, as well as different types of audiences and content :>
Showin a little Strip Search gif-love, taken from their panel at PAX East :).
Wow, thanks for making these!
bearslayer asked: Did you get the Strip Search tattoo? Can we see it?
Yep! I have a little bitty one on the inside of my right wrist. I’ll make a PAX post this weekend and show it off for you guys :>
Haha, barely got this done in time but WHATEVER, it’s my birthday and I do what I want!!
It’s only the end of March, but 2013 has already been incredible so far. Strip Search, the webcomics reality show I participated in, is totally taking off, as is interest in my side project, The Cloud Factory. I’ve been getting work from clients I didn’t expect to get work from yet at this stage in my career, and I’ve been spending a lot of time with a great guy whom I love very much!
On top of all that, on my birthday, no less, you guys took me past 3,000 followers on twitter, and 15,000 followers on tumblr! ARE THOSE EVEN REAL NUMBERS??? Also I had a really good sleep today, which I’m going to give you all credit for.
So thanks, everyone, for a great birthday! And here’s to another year of sharing my life with you <3
Happy Birthday Ally
Thank you <3