ADDANAC CITY comics and news

May 3, 2009

The NEW ADDANAC CITY

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My ADDANAC CITY comic strip and info blog have now been combined into my all-new ComicPress website!

Now you can read the entire comic history of AC as well as check out the current blog postings (and some older ones, too) in one centralized location.

Click the pic below to take a trip to ADDANAC CITY!

April 7, 2009

ADDANAC CITY Comics~ All a-Twitter

Hank the Heartthrob?

Twitter’s everywhere these days. It seems like anyone who’s anyone has a Twitter account and, boy, are they using it. You’ve got celebrities, newspeople, politicians, and even your average joe logging in on there.

Twitter is also the ideal chill-spot for bloggers and webcomic creators. Anyone worth their salt has made sure that they can relay their latest feelings, ponderings, and opinions instantaneously.

After sitting on the sidelines for quite a while, I decided to join the revolution and see what all the fuss was about. Last week, I signed up (it wasn’t as difficult or mind-blowing as I had feared). Then I went on a search to find all of my favorite people. I’m a newbie right now, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it. I like to let people know what I have upcoming for ADDANAC CITY, and whatever it is I happen to be doing at the given moment.

Twitter’s a great place if you like to be nosy and get up-to-the-minute information on your friends and/or fave celebs.

One thing I have noticed, though, is that Twitter can become very addictive. I find myself stopping what I’m doing just to find out what somebody else is doing. And nine times out of ten, something’s happening. It’s the Land of Instant Gratification; sorta like a ticker-tape of titillating trivia.

I can see how people get swept into it, especially while they’re at work. The ADDANAC CITY comic below depicts such a situation. I hope you enjoy it.

If you are a faithful Twitterer, you can follow the life and times of Hank Addanac and I by clicking here. If your days are as weird and/or interesting as Hank’s, I may end up returning the favor and following you.

Addanac City Twitter comic

April 5, 2009

ADDANAC CITY Comics~ I Beg Your Presidential Pardon…

Sometimes ya gotta take a break from saving the economy

Sometimes ya gotta take a break from saving the economy

My comic strip character, Hank of ADDANAC CITY, encounters a lot of people throughout his young life. He has an extremely bad habit of pulling pranks on the telephone. It’s a good thing that it appears he has friends in high places, because he’s gonna need ’em.

My fellow cartoonist, Bearman, inspired me to try my hand at creating an Obama cartoon. I don’t know if I did as well as he, but I tried. I don’t consider this to be a political cartoon even though it depicts a political figure.

This strip is, by no means, sanctioned by President Obama nor the United States government. I just wanted to have fun, and attempt drawing something different. I thought it would be kinda neat if Hank and Obama had some sort of interaction. Plus, who knows? Obama may visit ADDANAC CITY one day for one of his famous town hall Main Street stopovers.

Aw, man….the repercussions of that…. 🙂

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April 1, 2009

ADDANAC CITY Comics~ Thank You All!

Stiletto-sharp entertainment

I just wanted to take a second to say Thank You to all of my wonderful ADDANAC CITY readers. You’ve helped make March a record-setting month for the AC website.

I’ve only been creating the weirdo escapades of Hank, Christie, and Tim since August 2008, and the webcomic series hardly has the audience and notoriety of the more popular “big dog” comics like Penny Arcade and PVP, but it’s been growing steadily month by month.

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Well, my little unknown webcomic named Addanac City welcomed almost 9,000 visitors this past March with over 100,000 hits and page views. That may not sound like much, but I’m well-pleased. After all, the site received less than 2,000 monthly visitors during its initial release. I just hope that everyone who stops by each day will continue to enjoy reading Hank’s comedic situations.

Once again, thank you all very much for your support!

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March 27, 2009

ADDANAC CITY Comics~ Hank’s Taking Over

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Nothing comes between her and ADDANAC CITY...

Nothing comes between her and ADDANAC CITY...

Boy, it seems like Hank is everywhere. The little seven-year-old terror is wreaking havoc all over the internet. I love drawing the tiny tyke, but this is one kid that I would never wanna meet nor could I tolerate babysitting him.

Hank has done it all, from giving his teacher a live beehive to almost getting his father castrated for mistaken adultery. He’s also left his best friend hangin’ after breaking a neighbor’s window. Yeah, Hank’s a handful, and I’m so glad he’s just an imaginary character.

We can all have a ball laughing at his zany antics as we give thanks to above that we don’t have to deal with him in real life. If you know a kid who’s kinda similar to Hank, all I can say is: “Dag. I’m sorry.” 🙂

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As an adult, I’m thoroughly enjoying the advancements in technology that are taking place in the world nowadays. I’m just thrilling myself silly texting and sending photos and emailing and doing all sorts of wondrous things with my computer and cell phone. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be a kid and have access to all that. I’d probably find some way to cheat in class (not that I condone any such malfeasance). Boys today don’t even have to ransack their parents’ room to find Dad’s old stack of Playboys anymore. It’s all right at their fingertips (get yer minds outta the gutter).

My kids trip out when I regale them with tales of days of yore about telephones that used to have cords on them and how you had to have your phone conversations wherever the phone was kept with whomever was in the room. And don’t let me get started with them on the blessing of owning an Atari 2600.

I know they roll their eyes at me like I did my grandparents when told of the days of walking to school. Times have changed, but I’m doing my darnedest to keep up with those cats and their hep ways.

Gah…I feel so old. Let me get back to watchin’ The Price is Right.

March 25, 2009

ADDANAC CITY comics~ On The Move!

hank-tvADDANAC CITY is continuing to do well. I started AC with 3 updates per week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. After a few weeks of meeting those deadlines, I upped the ante to five days a week. That didn’t seem so difficult. I love creating my comic strip and I hope that it shows in the final results. I’m updating the popular comic strip series seven days a week now. A lot of folks are eagerly awaiting to see when the ol’ boy will burn out from such an intense schedule, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen (I hope).

I worked on countless ADDANAC CITY comic strips long before I ever designed the website. I didn’t want to be just another webcomic that fizzled out because the creator only had ten strip ideas and was overly-optimistic about the concepts pouring in. I wanted to make sure that when I opened “my doors” to the public, I’d be able to carry it through and give them something fresh that will last for a long time.

The reason I’m updating seven days a week is because most syndicated cartoonists do so. They create six daily strips plus one full-color Sunday edition. ADDANAC CITY is full-color all seven days. It’s a little more work, but I think it makes the strip look nicer. A few of you will agree with me.

Every webcomicker has desired to be syndicated at one point. We wanted to be the next “Peanuts”, “Calvin and Hobbes”, or “Bloom County”. We soon found out that it’s not that simple to break into an industry where there only two or three new hires out of over three thousand applicants per year.

However, we can publish our comics on the ‘net. And we can do it unedited and uncensored. We’re tha boss and what we say goes. That’s not always a good thing, though. I imagine you’ve encountered many webcomics that should have taken somebody’s advice on content or even concept. Hopefully, those comics will find their audience no matter how niched.

What I am doing with ADDANAC CITY is seeing if I’ve got the cojones to do like the syndicated cartoonists out there. I wanna see if I can run with the big dogs, so to speak. I may find out soon that seven days a week is too much. It does sorta limit one’s social life: “I can’t go to the movies tonight! I’ve gotta post the new strip!” For the time being, it works for me. I’m glad I enjoy what I’m doing, cuz I’m doin’ it all the time. I just like watching the little world of AC as it grows and improves over time. If I discover that I can’t swing seven days a week or that no one else cares for a daily dose of ADDANAC, then I’m man enough to admit it and drop down to a more reasonable schedule. We’ll just have to see what transpires.

ac-store-logoNEWS ITEM: I’ve just opened up the official ADDANAC CITY STORE.
So far, I’ve got a few t-shirt designs on there. I’ll be expanding the products in the near future. If there’s some Addanac City graphic that you would like on a shirt, just let me know and I’ll see if I can’t get ‘er done for you.

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March 9, 2009

ADDANAC CITY Comics~ Tidbits & Such…

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If you’re reading this blog, then chances are you’re one of the many thousands ones who read ADDANAC CITY faithfully every posted update. AC is in the running for votes on the Top Web Comics website. The site has a ranking system for just about every comic strip on the web today. I don’t expect to hit the number one spot, but I do yearn to get somewhere in the top (or lower) hundreds.

So, if you could, dear reader, would you pleeeeez cast your vote for ADDANAC CITY? It only takes a second to vote. Plus, there’s no personal information for you to give nor is there anything to sign up for. All you have to do is type in 3 letters that denote the graphic you will see on the voting page. You may vote once every twenty-four hours if you wish, but all I’m askin’ for is just one lil’, ol’ vote from ya. Every vote counts.

You can vote for ADDANAC CITY by clicking here.

Thank you. I do appreciate it.

Now, on to some comics!

I’m always reminiscing about something (it’s a habit us old folks have). As a kid, I was a big newspaper comic strip reader. I read nearly all of the classics: Peanuts, Beetle Bailey, Family Circus, For Better Or For Worse, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Cathy, Dennis the Menace, and even Ziggy (ugh…no offense, Mr. Tom Wilson).

I loved anything that would make me laugh. As I have stated in previous blog postings, I did not have access to newspapers often, so I had to make do with whatever comic pages I could procure. Most of the time, a relative saved the funny pages for me until I visited (it made going to see them a bit easier). Old folks smelled funny to me, but I could deal with ’em in exchange for a few minutes of uninterrupted comic euphoria. That’s why I loved the gag-a-day comic strips: I didn’t miss anything pertinent. If I didn’t see Tuesday’s paper, I could still get a joke when I resumed reading on Wednesday. Heck, weeks could go by, but when I returned, I could just plunge in where I left off and laugh myself silly at Charlie Brown trying to kick a football that Lucy held.

Sure, a lot of these comics(the majority, in fact) were formulaic. You knew Charlie Brown was gonna get played by Lucy. You knew Sarge was gonna wax ol’ Beetle’s @$$. You knew Mr. Wilson was not gonna appreciate Dennis’s antics. For me, that was okay. These comics were familiar to me, they were dependable. I could count on them every edition. So when I hear someone say that ADDANAC CITY isn’t doing anything that hasn’t been done before, I don’t fret. Sure, there have been other “bad boys” in the comics before, but nobody has ever done it quite like Hank.

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I adored those type of comics. Give me something to laugh at and I will be back. That’s what I try to accomplish with ADDANAC CITY. The joke may seem familiar, but I always try to execute it with a fresh approach. Plus, someone else may not have heard the set-up or punchline before. Think of it this way: We’ve all heard the joke “why did the chicken cross the road”, right? It’s a moldy-oldie. But, remember, there are people (kids, even) who have never heard that joke. Somebody has to school them of the classics. Somebody has to tell it to them so they can groan 20 years later at the staleness of it. Nostalgia always returns. We’ve all seen Scooby Doo, but they’re makin’ babies every second who’ll see Scoob as something brand-new to them.

One thing I didn’t like in the comic pages were the serials (or soap opera-style stories). I’m not saying anything was wrong with them, it’s just that I didn’t care about these characters or stories. Mary Worth could take a flying leap as far as I was concerned. Maybe if she had snappy patter or told a joke or two, I would have taken her more seriously (or sillier). I didn’t understand why the newspapers had such serious-type comics in their paper. I believe that, as a kid, I couldn’t truly appreciate what those cartoonists (storytellers?) were attempting to do.

So, I figure Hank wouldn’t understand it either. I thought this would be a good strip illustrating my point. I would read Doonesbury when I was younger, too, and not comprehend one iota of it. Loved the art, but considered Garry Trudeau’s creation to be somewhat over my head. It was only until I got older that the series started making sense to me. Doonesbury is freakin’ hilarious now in reflection, but it didn’t do diddly for me as a kid. The following AC comic is a tribute to those who felt like I did. Enjoy.

AC 93

March 6, 2009

ADDANAC CITY News~ Guest-Strips pt. 2

I created a guest-strip a few weeks ago for another cartoonist friend of mine, Matt Stout of Big Sandy Gilmore. BSG is an hilarious series that features some of the funniest animal characters to come along in a while. I was glad to be able to help Matt out during crunch time.

Here’s my guest-strip.

You can catch Big Sandy Gilmore every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I believe. Tell Matt I said “hi”.

Another webcomic series that I’ve been reading for a few months comes from a guy who started on the internet around the same time as I. Tommy Pritchard’s comic Relative Truths features a family who lives together, loves together, and sometimes gets on each other’s nerves. Sounds like a real family, huh?

Tommy needed a break to devote more time to his lovely wife and children, so I pitched in for an inning. This is my Relative Truths guest-strip. Check out Tommy’s comic series every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

I would like to say “thank you” again to all of the wonderful webcomic people who have allowed me to crossover my characters with theirs and make an attempt to continue the fun and zaniness that drew me to this medium in the first place. My hat’s off to you!

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February 24, 2009

ADDANAC CITY Comics~ Bad Influence

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It seems that Hank has a teensy-weensy problem with truancy. And he appears to be a bad influence on adults as well as youngsters. I wonder if this school bus driver got to keep his job. He’d better not spend that twenty all in one place.

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February 20, 2009

ADDANAC CITY Comics~ A Sucker Lost Every Minute

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Well, as some of you can see, I’ve changed the look of the blog around a little bit. I know, I know….it took me forever to try to bring a bit of class to an otherwise uncouth collection of misguided ramblings, but sometimes I’m a slow learner. Especially when it comes to all things internet-related. I guess them’s the breaks for a Graphic Arts major who graduated in 1994 (right before that thingamajig they called a computer became all the rage). So, now, I have to learn all of the things that are currently mandatory in our higher institutions. I’ll get it. Trust me.

Now on to this ADDANAC CITY comic strip below.

I’ve always said that I love the dichotomy between Hank and Christie. When those two get together, the comedic possibilties are endless. This particular comic strip is about sharing. I suppose the moral would be:

“It’s better to give up a little than to lose everything.”

See? I got a little Confucius in me (get yer mind outta the gutter, please).

Well, I hope you enjoy the strip and I hope that Hank learned a little something about either
1) Sharing or
2) Suffering the wrath of a woman scorned.

AC 47

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