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The Japanese Beetle! for June 14, 2004
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June 16, 2004
I hope you can't see it, but I completely redrew the figure of Ken in the first panel while inking today's strip. The original drawing was a bit squashed - Ken's neck was way too small and he was tilted at an odd angle. I corrected that in the inking process, lowering his shoulders and correcting his proportions so that he wasn't as stocky.

           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H  E  LO
ANGELS     0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2   4 11  1   7
PIRATES    0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   2  6  0   5

W: S. Shields (5-0)
L: S. Torres (4-2)
S: F. Rodriguez (5)

HR: ANA - G. Anderson (4); PIT - C. Wilson (15)
Music: The Darkness, "Stuck in a Rut"

June 18, 2004
So on Wednesday, eMouse and I went down to the World to see The Aquabats. Good show, even if it started out slowly. Some local ska band was the opening act, and I swear to god it felt like this was the first time they'd even performed for a live audience. They weren't exactly awful - no one was booing them off the stage, the way they'd done to the Aquabats' opening act a couple of years ago - but they weren't good either.

Things improved dramatically when Lederhosen Lucil took the stage. Not much dancing, but the crowd seemed to be tickled by her whole act. Then things got loud when The Planet Smashers came out, but even though they had a great set they didn't do much for me personally.

When the Aquabats started performing it almost seemed like we'd slipped into an entirely different nightclub. The volume went up again, and everyone and their mother was dancing. I'll say this for the 'Bats... As much as I love their CDs, the live shows are a completely different beast that just has to be experienced. I can't recall the last time I had so much fun at a show - and I'm not exactly a music person.

Music: Lederhosen Lucil, "Apricota"

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