The Japanese Beetle!
The Japanese Beetle! for March 01, 2004
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March 01, 2004
Okay, by now many of you are wondering "what happened to the week of 2/26?" Well, I realized that at the rate I'm currently producing comics it was going to take f'ing forever to fill in the two week backlog. That, and I've received a few e-mails from people who thought the site was on hiatus because they were just looking at the date of the comics. So goodbye to all that.

I still feel bad about skipping a week, though, so I promise you something really nice for when I get all caught up. I have no idea what that will be, but I'm open to suggestions.

Also, I should have a big announcement later in the week. I could probably hint at it, but I kind of want to wait until things are finalized before I spill the beans.

Music: Saint Etienne, "Lose That Girl"

March 02, 2004
I really like the way this turned out, with the exception of the last panel, which could afford to be punched up a bit. So much so, that I'm going to use it as my subject for a "how the strip is made" feature later this week.

In other news, it looks like the Hellboy movie is going to seriously rock. Heck, it's got demons fighting Nazis in it - what more do you want? Look here for some cool photos.

Music: Aquabats, "Sequence Erase"

March 03, 2004
I announced my intentions to do a Hellboy parody on the message board yesterday. Immediately after I posted, I started thinking - every parody I've done has been received badly, from Our Worlds at War to DK2. So I've decided to put it to a vote: are parodies appropriate subject matter for this strip? Cast your vote below!

Music: El Vez, "Rock & Roll Suicide/If I Can Dream"

March 04, 2004
That big announcement I promised on Monday? Well, I was waiting for someone else to make it first, but it looks like that won't be until Monday or Tuesday, so here goes.

Come Tuesday, March 16th, the Japanese Beetle! will be joining Graphic Smash. Graphic Smash is a sister site to Modern Tales that focuses on action comics. And for those of you who haven't heard of Modern Tales, it's a subscription-based comics site.

What does this mean to you? Well, if you hit the site every day, not much. New strips will still appear here from Monday to Friday, and the message board and other content won't be going anywhere. However, the strip archives will move over to the Graphic Smash site, and you'll have to log in to view them. I'll see if I can swing some deal to keep recent strips somewhere here on the site while I play catch-up - that may mean squashing them into one image, or something similar. But I plan to catch up this weekend, and I've got the expresso beans to prove it.

Subscriptions to Graphic Smash are $2.95 a month - for which you get access to thirty comics, which isn't that bad, really. What this represents to me is a chance to expand my readership and finally make some money off the strip - not a lot, to be sure, but we'll see. And the contractual term is about six months, so if it doesn't work out I can always quit in September. But until then, it never hurts to try.

Angered? Glad? Indifferent? Let me know on the Message Board.

Music: Bye Bye Birdie OST, "Kids!"

The Japanese Beetle and all related characters are copyright ©1998-2004 by Dave "The Knave" White. All rights reserved. Any passing resemblance to any actual persons, living or dead or otherwise, is purely coincidental except when it isn't. Really, we swear. Please don't sue us. Published on line by 741.5 Comics.