Saturday, March 22, 2014


A few thoughts as we conclude our episode:
  1. I think my Lenny and Jack were both pretty good, but I just couldn't get Mike Logan's hair right. Next time.
  2. One of the perils of straight-to-paper cartooning is the inability to edit. I referred to the victim alternately as "Arthur" and "Alvin".  If I could fix it, I'd stay with Arthur, it's more Law and Order-like. Likewise, "Ben Garrison" quickly became "Stephen".
  3. Also, never name two of your protagonists similarly (Grumman and Garrison). You're just begging to mix them up. 
  4. When I started this comic, my original plan was to create a one or two page quick parody (similar to my WEST WING cartoon). Hence, I didn't give much thought to the murder weapon, so I tossed in the Cub Scout knife just to be goofy. Then I started thinking how fun it would be to draw an entire episode of LAW & ORDER straight (it was), but I was stuck with my goofy murder weapon. Hopefully I was able to pull a half-decent L&O-like plot out of my haste.
  5. I don't think the real show used "dunk dunk" half as many times as I did. Often the characters will just say where they're going, and the scene will cut dunk-less. But lord, I do love me the "dunk-dunks".
  6. I may do this again someday. It was a lot of fun!

Monday, March 3, 2014


In which the plot thickens, and Jack and Claire find themselves up against the very wolves of Wall Street! Will justice prevail? (You have seen the show, right?)

And if you're joining us late, you can start at the beginning and play along as Lenny, Mike, Jack and Claire strive to bring a murder case to a close!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Return with us now to the Clinton-era nineties, when Lenny Briscoe and Mike Logan brought down the bad guys in tough, sardonic style! Tonight's episode: "Be Prepared" 

Sorry to say, there's a commercial break! But there'll be more LAW AND ORDER this week!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lucy Outtakes

LUCY'S POST-HOLIDAY REPORT was the longest and most time-consuming comic created for this blog, which is one reason there was such a long gap between entries, and it went through several drafts and sketches before it was finished. Each page was fully inked and lettered at least twice, and the dialogue was refined throughout the process. This was a different working method than the usual scribbled-out Spiral Notebook Comics, and it's one I hope to tighten and improve as I move on to bigger projects, such as an upcoming graphic novel I've been writing.

None of this is unique to the way comics are created, and my meager, messy efforts don't take anywhere near the time and effort as those of a typical pro. But I thought you guys might be interested in seeing some of the working sketches and roughs for the comic. (click the thumbnails to enlarge)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Special Guest Spiralist: DAVE WEIL!

I saw these posted on Facebook and loved 'em at first sight, and thought they would fit right in on this blog.

Dave is the host of Top Pop on Radio Free Nashville. Give it a listen, it's great!