I got an HPZ2100 wide format printer and a bunch of media to blow. I like printing up some of your comics in bigger wall formats or canvas if I have some leftover. If you send me your regular USPS address I will send you a few. That is snail mail US post office address.
You can check out the printer on flickr at jgury
I see you’ve changed your philosophy a little, while people get used to a lot of things, it’s change that really causes people suffering. It reminds me of a torture device invented in the evil alternate reality of Star Trek that continuously shifts where it tortures randomly in order to insure maximum suffering.
I thought the Devil lady preferred hells women to hells men, or does she like hells men, but only from a sexual perspective?
I have to say, I love every strip in this entire archive. A few of them made me cry, too. Others, laugh until I… well, cried. How one person can be so incredibly witty and insightful.. Is that the word?
Once again Mr Rowntree, you brilliantly sum up people and social situations in a funny, quirky, witty comic. By panel three, I was already hoping the guy would get beaten up (and it reminds me how I used to be that guy too, so global apologies to whoever I may have pissed off, here or anywhere else, and let karma decide the rest).
Anyone noticed how petunias and begonias never get a break in comics? They’re the go-to flowers for jokes. Probably because their names sound funny.
And Green Devil Girl has a name now, or at least a designation, woot! She’s right up there with Seven of Nine in terms of sexyness (+5 geek points to those who know).
You’ve just upped your ante Winston, this is hilarious – and are all 7 yellow shirt versions going to be available in yer new shop? I’m still trying to figure the last word of D76’s crumpled shirTruth – ‘you sad sack of…’ – you should make a competition I reckon.
I’m running out of superlatives to describe your Greatness, so I’ll leave it to everyone else.
I shall devot my life to the sciences so that I may invent a life extending serum. I shall then sneak into your home and secretly inject you with said serum, thusly may I read your awesome comics for all time.
Until I grow bored of how good they are, then its a case of “man murders three, self”
john gury: Cheers, i appreciate the offer, but it’s alright, i wouldn’t have much use for them right now, particularly as i’m out of wall space. I feel bad turning people down, but rest assured i know it’s the thought that counts so thanks for asking, man. A handshake to you!
George: I wouldn’t necessarily infer anything about my philosophy from this one. I will say i certainly agree with Ms. Estar about hell not existing.
Richter: Yeah, you’re definitely right about funny names. You don’t say he was hit by a car, you say he was hit by a chrysler (or a Studebaker!), and you definitely say prize petunias instead of flowers. Until it becomes a cliche, which it probably did 35 years ago, but, uh, oh well..
bachterman: Oh god, the shirt alone is my idea of hell…
Brian: Yeah, i’ve always loved that whole yellow kid talking via his shirt thing, kept meaning to use in a comic.
GerryB: Originally the shirt was blank as she was handing it to him, but then i realized it would be displaying her thoughts while in hand so i tossed something rude on there.
Eth-Zee: I’ve been that person too at various points in the past, so let’s say there’s an element of self-satire.
ZeaLitY: Ha, right on. I’ve run across a couple other cartoon Sphinxes in the last couple of years and they all look pretty much the same (tiaras and wings are optional), which i guess doesn’t say a lot for my imagination but oh well. At least mine doesn’t stare blankly and have friggin’ green eyeshadow.
Oh lord. ‘The shirt that displays your thoughts’? That is my hell.
In a quiet, crowded room i often can’t help imagining that everyone can hear my thoughts and then sure enough they turn to what i want to hide, before i try to drown it all out with some repetitive tune and end up sitting in class with my face all twisted up and my eyes all panicky.
I think you may have tapped into a common human phobia, Mr Rowntree…
This is often the case in my customer support job. Customers will whine and rage that they did not get an order confirmation email and after battling it out with them for 5 minutes you find out the email address they gave originally was wrong then they have to do an emotional 180 and you get a small bittersweet taste of their realisation of their idiocy and pointless antagonism. This shock to the system will only last for a few minutes for them, but for me? It keeps me going for the whole day. Fuck You customers of T***********r.
OMG this is the best comic you have ever done. It is so hilarious I can’t handle it. I think you have fully mastered the art of facial expressions by the way, it makes everything that much better. And I really want a t shirt that reads my thoughts. I’m pretty sure this is my fave it’s so clever it makes me sick. Ha.
Love how you referenced Captain Esther Goes to Heaven at the start there, very nice dude. Constantly impressed, though the scroll-over text is always nice, a bit of your perspective is cool.
Keep em coming dude, and new merchandise please! =P
I’ve discovered your website two weeks ago, and have been reading through your works from recent to past. I have to say this is one of the most excellent work I ever read online. You like to play around with tropes, and still you have some periodical strokes of genius, and I find your work full of imagination and details. I would definitely like to see “what you want to draw” in a longer strip, it is quite expressive indeed. Please keep up with your efforts.
As a member of an american-bullied minority yourself, I have no doubt you will forgive my french-broken English.
We should all be driving electric cars if gas is polluting the world. We should be on a fast track to phase out all gas powered cars in 2 years. That should do it. Easy, right?! Problem solved. Why do I always do this? If I’ve never seen a problem before I always have an idea of how it should be fixed even if it’s been around for years. We all get these thoughts all the time but maybe it’s too much work to pay attention to them because since when do they bear fruit except for our own suffering… Waitaminute! In the movies these thoughts are always right! I must be right about this! Everyone else is stupid! I’m right!
It looks like you took my suggestions about proportion on board. Good job. Your comic looks a lot better. Now all you need to work on is color. I don’t know of a good book for learning that, but studying the Pre-Raphaelites would definitely make your comic a little bit nicer.
I definitely think your comics are some of the best on the web, but I definitely can’t abide net-nannying in any form. Best of wishes. Sorry.
Gotta love how the “can’t win” theme is first used on the demon chick. Whatever she says to the guy, he always has an answer ready so she can’t win. In a way, that’s her own hell.
And, really, that’s what makes this comic brilliant. People like that really are hell. No matter what you say to them, they just don’t listen, they’re adamant in the supreme belief that they’re right. Nobody can scratch them since other people’s fingernails don’t even exist to them.
So annoying. Best thing to do is ignore them and wish there’s a patch of petunias waiting for them down below.
…I’m sorry, but I find it very hard to feel incredibly sympathetic to a professional torturer.
But, you know, that’s just me. You guys can schadenfreude it up if you like. After all, the guy was arrogant and sort of sexist, so he deserves to be beaten to tears, right? Right? The REAL victim here is the demon who has to put up with whining, right? Whining is so much more unconscionable than torturing, right?
Freaking awesome. It could be Buddhist Hell, Reform Catholicism Hell; it could be something BP runs to keep people in line, or say, introduce staff to their vision for an EMEA trading front for American (the continent) States. I do however think the hat on the big guy is over the top.
Heh. That guy is going to win.
Mostly on account of everything he is saying being technically accurate (as long as he sticks to his guns)…
Silly green devil woman is all “Wah! You can’t win because we say you can’t!” … and he is all like “Oh yeah? Watch me!” ….. So hell resorts to violence because it can’t win an argument. Sorta like the sphynx. Sorta like a lot of characters in this comic.
#1. Make idiot of yourself.
#2. Lose argument.
#3. Resort to violence.
The guy is going to get beaten up by the big bloke a lot. He will, however, get used to it as he originally noted. Probably rather quickly too. Easiest victory ever. Troll-faces all round.
It’s actually an easy win. You just keep thinking “a guy is gonna appear behind me enraged”, so you win because you guessed it right. And if they don’t want you to win they’ll have to prevent him from appearing. 😄