The Japanese Beetle!
The Japanese Beetle! for May 17, 2004
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May 18, 2004
Okay. I've been a very bad artist recently. First, I missed a strip last week (which will be made up this Friday - double-strip goodness!). Then, in an attempt to get back on schedule, I screwed around with yesterday's strip.

I do this every once in a while - usually in an attempt to increase my productivity, or decrease strain on my drawing hand. If I don't have the time to properly ink a strip, I may just use markers. If I don't have time to pencil, I try reducing the actual size of the originals. That's what I did yesterday, and it never works. NEVER.

I hope I more than make up for it with strips like today's, which I spent twice as long inking with a smaller-than-normal brush. I can see the difference, and I hope you can too.

Book: Voltaire, "Candide (and other stories)" (page 63)
Movie: David Lean, "Lawrence of Arabia"
Music: The Pillows, "Crazy Sunshine"

May 19, 2004
           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E  LO


May 21, 2004
Wow. What a game. Bayani and I traded in our tickets for Tuesday's rain-out for today's game, and at first it looked like a bad trade. The Pirates got behind very quickly, and the fans wer eturning nasty. But they ground away at the Padres' lead every inning, making it a tense and exciting game. And they won! Even better!

No double strip today; sleep intervened. Should have on on Monday.

           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E  LO
PADRES     6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   7  7  1   3
PIRATES    1 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 X   9 14  0   7

W: M. Gonzalez (1-0)
L: B. Puffer (0-1)
S: J. Mesa (12)

HR: SD - B. Giles (7), PIT - J. Bay (1,2), D. Ward (1,2)
Music: The Rolling Stones, "It's Only Rock-N-Roll (But I Like It)"

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