Saturday, July 03, 2004

A Fondness for Plaid

Kiri saw this stuffed frog
and was reminded of Spot, or me, or both. It's true that I once had a fondness for plaid.

The Trojan Paper Crane

Spot, on occasion, displays a talent for origami. (He used it to defeat a rogue sheet of paper a few months ago, converting it into a peace-loving paper crane.)

After looking at this origami site, the top photo in particular, I wonder if paper is planning revenge.

I also note that "Christian Elbrandt, Denmark, has folded a 2.77 millimetres long frog using a pocket lens, scalpel and tweezers. The frog achieved a jump of 103 millimetres. Guinness Book of Records, Denmark 1995."

The world's biggest paper crane.

The world's smallest paper frog.

It doesn't bode well.

Shovels and Picks and Letters

Ray speculated
that Spot the Frog has been out for a year or so, which is close, if you take the big picture/grand scheme as your measure. Spot launched January 5 of this year, and is days away from its sixth month anniversary. I currently have 40-some clients, while salespeople continue to entice editors with Spot.

As I've mentioned, prying a strip out of the comics page -- to make room for a new one -- is as easy as forking a tree stump from the ground. It's one thing to charm an editor. It's another to free space in the paper.

Shovels and picks do fine work, but letters from readers offer more leverage.

If you'd like to see Spot in your local paper, let the editor know. If it's a small paper, the managing editor is the person to contact. If it's a bigger paper, the Features editor is the target. If you need help finding their names/addresses, let me know and I'll root them out for you, with my thanks.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Poking Through Litter

Before Spot the Frog, I worked on a dozen or so strips, one a year. Here's a website I put up about eight years ago, featuring a strip called Moveable Feast. The site is fractured, with dead-end links and missing pages. I'd like to remove it but the ISP is forever out of touch. Think of it as litter. Poke around in the remains. Note the curious similarity between Karl the Human and Karl the Carrot.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The Picture I Didn't Show

Of course, if I'd shown this snippet, his name might have been more obvious.

I heard from a reader in Germany about this strip. His nickname is Frosch (frog), and his birth name is Patrick.

Sadly, he didn't mention a friend named Itchy.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Spot Gets Literary

A glimpse of the June 30 strip. I've obscured the book's title to preserve some suspense.