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October 11, 2002

Maneater comic for October 11, 2002

The key difference between the comic published in The Maneater and online on this date was the crowd. Since permission had been obtained to include webcomic characters online and not in a medium where the provider could claim copyright, the crowd had to be changed. GPF's Yoshi, Residence Life's Dave and Everything Jake's Jake were replaced with my roommates at the time, Matt and Alan, respectively.

There are others in the crowd, however, that managed to stick around. Skip is in line behind Alan, and Lyn is spying on Todd from the back. There is also some other guy I knew back in college hanging out there. Remember kids: it's easier to cameo other characters or people than to actually invent characters on your own. Especially if you're lazy.

December 10, 2002

Maneater comic for December 10, 2002

The punchline here is straight and to the point, something my collegiate readers preferred. Storyline comics, in general, don't fair well in a college newspaper, especially if the artwork isn't all that great. Still, it was enjoyable drawing Todd hyped up on caffeine.

If you look closely, you can see what look like perforations along the top border of this comic. Up until the second to last storyline of the On the Threshold of a Dream storyarc, the panels were printed out with an inkjet printer that was prone to misalignment.

December 12, 2002

Maneater comic for December 12, 2002

Okay, quick quiz: It's the last comic of your comic strip's run. What do you do?

a) Panic
b) Leave your readers wanting more
c) Cameo other comic's characters as a last ditch effort
d) a and c

It was actually more (c) than (d). if then else obviously wasn't going to be picked up by the newspaper for another semester, so there was no point in (b). The characters in this comic are, in order, "Cool Guy" (Beefy Peaches by Joel Axon), Todd (if then else), Daisy (Eden by Zakary Holmes) and Mr. Powell (Bar Side by Gardell Powell).

This comic, oddly enough, paved the way for a second comic the newspaper picked up quickly, Analysis Paralysis. The focus of that comic was making mountains out of the molehill issues on campus. It also ended after only one semester, but this time due to graduation and not lack of public interest.

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