Breakation 2014
Tuesday — March 11th, 2014

Breakation 2014

Ack… I need a break everybody. I’ll be back in a little while or thereabouts; just need to realign my celestial whatevers or something.

Oh and don’t take no shit from that cow while I’m gone.

dave

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roastytoasty; a coffee table comic

hello everybody, I’m dave; writer and drawer (not the furniture kind) of roastytoasty.com. I’ve been writing and drawing under the banner of roastytoasty since July 2006 so that’s sheesh… 7 years now, flying deftly under all radars and quietly building an online archive of 700+ posts which are broken into eight comic series, some no more than a few pages long, others in the hundreds; all non-sequential, somewhat unconventional and with a pervasive sense of the existential. Each post takes about an afternoon to complete and is complimented by a brief dissertation on the day’s theme generally exploring the essence of our nature and the truth of our existence (but rest assured that the occasional fart-gag will slip through the crack once in a while).

Okay so each of these archives are available to access via the tags section of the site (on the right of the screen); the eight to date are (with short introduction):

Panoramal 2013-
The Panoramal series to me, is the evolution of the original abstract series, Ibarreldk. Although the original was certainly much rougher around the edges there were some great minimal pieces within the collection. Panoramal is the 6-million-dollar version of it; faster, sleeker and now in widescreen; I think this series and its accompanying text is my best work to date.

Man of the Year 2009-2011
In 2010, I posted a comic every day for the year under the Man of the Year title. This caught (usually in three panels) whatever I happened to be doing or thinking at the time. It’s very much like a diary (only one with updates that go beyond the first weeks of January). In retrospect I think there may be an element of quantity over quality over the year but there are still plenty of hidden treasures to be found within its archives.

Auntie Agatha (and the shallow grave of poetry) 2009-
The short-lived (but definitely returning) adventures of our dear, sweet Auntie Agatha as she goes head-to-head with all number of adversaries using nothing but her street-smarts and her rhyming dictionary. The series combines classic arcade style fighting with bare-knuckle extreme “rhyme and punishment” in poetry form.

Fantastiche 2007-
Is where we get a little bit interactive. This series holds fan-art; sketches, sculptures, photos whatever you can think of, send it over to me and it will either be posted or incorporated into a comic. We’ve seen some great ones in the past and I look forward to seeing more real soon. To send me something, email it to dave@roastytoasty.com.

Mooky & Poe 2008
Another short series featuring the six-panel conversational whimsy of Poe, a normal everyday sort of gent and Mooky, his much tolerated imaginary friend who is definitely more maginary than not. Of the comic series I have written, this would be the one that felt most like the standard recurring newsprint-style strip. This series was actually my first produced comics but I waited a couple of years before posting them.

Jeremy 2008-2009
This was a short-run series about an even shorter tree spirit charged with maintaining the extensive grounds of the enchanted forest. Of course it can get a little boring out there with just himself and his rake for company so he sees a lot of escorts in his down-time. Jeremy is a bit of a personal cult-classic for me; I don’t exactly know why, but he always seemed to know exactly how to have a good time; all I really did was tag along just long enough to catch some of the action.

Ibarreldk: 2006-2012
This was first developed as sounding board for those ideas I had that couldn’t fit into the world of Campbell and Henderson. It became a real menagerie of styles and themes ranging from (but not limiting itself to) lap-dancing whales to tap-dancing celery. Because of its relaxed attitude to conformity, it has been the longest running of all of the series.

roastytoasty 2006-2009
The original, mostly monochrome series featuring two children; Campbell and Henderson as they looked to find answers to some of the curiosities that life has to offer. They were also quite partial to slagging off clouds whenever possible, god love ‘em. These were all minimal comics with colour used so sparingly it was more a special effect than anything else but I liked how this series took shape and how we evolved from these origins.

Well that’s each series and what they’re about; I’ll be back soon with more blogs based around the comic and I have a few new things to put in place for 2014 but for now at least, here’s the walk-through.

dave

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Introducing Mr.Tag Page Button!

Hey everybody, we’re coming up to the end of the year now with only one month to go (give or take). For those of you just joining us, you’ve got about 330 comics to catch up on this year alone! To assist you on this journey I’ve added a TAG PAGE BUTTON just under the comic on the right (under the “Search” window) so you can bookmark whichever page you get up to in the archives and pick up where you left off at a time more convenient to you. I’ll get back to you on the future “random comic” button but as you can see it’s still in the lowercase stages of development.

dave

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We Have Tshirts!!

I made a lot of promises a long time ago regarding Tshirts and the time has come to put my designs where my online Tshirt distributor is and make good on those promises! There is now a link for roastytoasty based merchandising so to all who asked, I have delivered (or will deliver…at competitive prices). For those who can’t wait till the end of this blog to find out more, click here: http://www.zazzle.com.au/roastytoasty

One of the advantages of running the store through Zazzle is that the Tshirts are CUSTOMIZABLE! All of the designs you can see in the roastytoasty store can be placed on any shirt you like which means you can tailor your style and price to match your taste and budget! All you have to do is click on a design and choose your style and colour on the right of the screen. Any questions, let me know.

Now that I’ve started, you should be seeing a few more but if there’s something you’d like to see but haven’t yet, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Oh and a big thanks to all friends of roastytoasty and apologies for taking so long to make these available!

yours sincerely,

dave

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Bags Not

My friend Tennille and I went to the shops for some anticipatory emergency New Years supplies and stopped in at a bookstore along the way. It was one of those bookstores that spring up from time to time in whichever empty shopfront they can find and are gone before you realise that the last page of the book you bought is missing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Chemistry of Love

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a wife must be in want of good fortune. Ok, maybe not universally acknowledged but in my current state of romantic singularity it doesn’t hurt to pretend that it’s all those “relationship” jerks that are missing out on a life worth living well. Bahaha! Who’s laughing now? Not me…as I strut proudly around my bedroom in nothing but socks, eating ice cream from the tub with the end of a shoe…not me…

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It’s Not a Problem Unless You Make it a Problem, Sister.

Let me transport you to another time. The year is 1939 and the world is on the brink of war.
A young Adolf Hitler is throwing his weight around Europe in army form whilst an even younger nun, Maria (in human form) has found that being a governess is not what Mary Poppins would have us believe.

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An Acknowledgement to a Distant Cousin Once Removed

Imagine you’re a by-the-book kind of cop; the kind that keeps to himself but gets the job done. Now imagine that you get into work one morning and the Captain starts screaming for you in his office because the commissioner has been breathing down his neck for your balls in a vice. Not very pleasant at all especially when he wants your gun and your badge and wants you off a case you weren’t even aware you were working on. Now let’s replace the cop with a planet and the Captain with the International Astronomical Union and the book…well that can stay the same but it will have to be edited and re-published and the gun with a…this metaphor is getting out of control… What I’m trying to get at is that Pluto never hurt anybody so why strip it of its title? Or alternately, it’s about time that useless rock did something useful with itself and maybe this is just the motivator it needs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Man Behind The Curtain

So since I have nothing to write about as such, I thought I’d tell you all a harrowing tale from my own neurotic back-catalogue. My day as an Altar boy. When I was a young boy, I lived in a fairly religious family, in a fairly religious neighbourhood in a fairly religious town. At school we learnt Religious Education and at church we learnt Religious Education. I don’t remember there being much else on at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

Brrr…It’s Cold in Here…

As Summer slips away from us here in the Southern Hemisphere and the trees are losing the will to leaf, we have started to hit that transitional phase in which we’re still wearing our summer clothes in defiance of the chill that is coming. The downside of this act of defiance is that we’re all starting to get sick again. Read the rest of this entry »

He’s Unfit – But He Knows It…

So I was thinking about exercising this week – which is half the battle; and when you consider that God is always on the side of half of the battlers I felt that in many ways I was already a winner and celebrated my moral victory with a couple of pizzas and a few beers. A victory not shared with my Wii fit. Surely the most hurtful of all the plastic boards I’ve ever stood on. Read the rest of this entry »