New Band Vs. Band today!
#Band vs Band
If you missed it last night: here!
This one’s, uh, got a certain amount of Uncomfortably Autobiographical in it — as much as I’d sort of like to put on the front that I’m some kind of cool cynical nonconforming type who thinks weddings are a sham and marriage is an archaic institution…nope. I have definitely held a wedding reception champagne glass with dorky tears in my eyes within the past year.
Vancouver femmy arty-weirdo vegetarian lesbians mid-20s to early 30s, I happen to be siiiingle right now, just sayin’.
#Band vs Band
New Band Vs. Band today, featuring OH MAN, A SURPRISE WEDDING, and my obvious enthusiasm for drawing a bunch of formal wear.
hi! i stumbled across band vs band last week and read it all the way through, twice, with a huge grin on my face the entire time. so yeah, thank you for making comic!
Hey, thanks! Glad you like it!
Internet Keyword Chat: The “Band Vs Band” tag on Tumblr is usually like 75% my posts, 20% other people posting about my stuff (love you), and 5% stuff about real battle-of-the-bands events and debates on topics like, say, whether The Beatles are superior to The Rolling Stones. Understandable.
The list of searches that lead people to the comic site, though — that’s pretty consistently a surrealist wackyland, and it tends to be heavy on phrases that include character names (mostly Honey, Turpentine, and Arsenic) in ways where clearly the original meaning was a substance, not a person.
#Band vs Band
Nick “Arsenic” van der Schaaff: lefthanded, easygoing, pansexual, seemingly competent guitarist, natural bluehead, Satan fanboy.
This quick thing came out of doing little sketches tonight based on taking mirrored webcam reference photos of myself with my guitar. I do this quite a bit to look at poses, and it’s always a tiny little bit weird to interpret it into a drawing where neither the human nor the guitar have at all similar bodies.
(it actually IS a really similar guitar to what Turpentine has, though!)
I've been reading your comic for a while now. I'm not really sure why. It's not the type of stuff I'm usually interested in at all, but I enjoy it a lot. Your grasp of lettering leaves me floored regularly, and makes me want to improve even harder. It looks like it developed very organically for you.
Thanks — glad you like it, even if you didn’t expect to (and it’s definitely not for everyone!)
The lettering did develop quite organically, I think….this all really came from a place of getting more and more interested in the side of expressive handlettering that embraces some spontaneity and imperfection, and how that can integrate with images and storytelling, and maybe at some point there *isn’t* a clear line between drawing and writing.
I have a background in typography, and forbidding the comics from containing any fonts was partly also giving myself a challenge.