Special Announcement!

Let’s all put our hands together for the return of “Extra!” Yay!

Now, you may have noticed that “JOSEPH!” has been missing. No worries. Although the strip will be on sabbatical for awhile that doesn’t mean it’s completely on vacation. Truth is, we’re taking that time to produce a 64 page graphic novel titled “JOSEPH! The Family Album”.

In the meantime we’ve got “Ramiro” premiering this week (hilarious if you haven’t seen it yet) and, as you can see below, “Extra” is back. From time to time we’ll keep you posted about the development of the “JOSEPH!” graphic novel and we’re always on the look-out for new talent and cartoon strips.

Thanks for checking in. Now check out this week’s all new “Extra”.

PS: Dear, Disney. Please do not sue us.

 

Jan 25th

 

Thanks for all the votes last week. As you can see your choice was LARGE, and here it is.

Very soon Gary and I will be making a kit for submission to King Features. For that kit we will need two Sunday comics and this is the first that will be included in that kit, although formatted for display here at IC Web Comics.

Thanks for all the support!

Jan 19th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re trying something new here at IC Web Comics and we want you to vote on exactly HOW you like to view “JOSEPH!”

Version 1 above is slightly smaller than the view below. For a bigger and clearer image just click on each individual panel.

Below is version 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so now is your chance to vote. Which of these layouts do you prefer – how do you like to view “JOSEPH!” Let us know.

JOSEPH! Behind the Scenes

 

 

 

 

Unlike the hacks who simply throw “whatever” up and in the air and hope it comes together as a “comic book” we professional cartoonists take our jobs seriously. There’s no time for fun and there’s certainly no room for mistakes. It’s a brutal work environment here at IC and if the editors catch you “surfing” when you should be “working” there’s going to be hell to pay. I mean “real” “trouble”. For one they take away your ability to use quotation marks for the rest of your article, but okay! I quote guess unquote I will just have to do my quote best unquote.

Putting out a quality cartoon strip like “JOSEPH!” takes minutes a day. First we begin with the writing. As the writer it’s my job to wake up everyday, pound my head against the bathroom sink and pray to God for the day’s inspiration. After the spots have cleared and I’ve picked myself up from the bathroom floor I then come to this very keyboard and through the power of typing 10 words a minute I am able to pound out God’s inspirational humor in the form of an artist’s script. The first twenty minutes of work is usually drivel like, “David, stop banging your head against the bathroom sink.” at which point I immediately go to the kitchen sink. Later, much later, I return to the keyboard and thus begins the day’s work.

Typically I do not use old fashioned script terms like “panel”, or titles to indicate which character is saying what. The reason for this is the fact that artist Gary T. Becks is not a trained monkey but an actual man. Here’s an example of a script, exactly as I wrote it – no edits. Promise.

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p1
Joseph is standing in front of the box office and a teenage girl is behind the window or counter.

I’d like one ticket for that zombie movie, please.

Is that for the later showing?

p2
same scene, different expressions.

No, I have to get inside the movie playing now. my kids are in there.

If you already bought a ticket you can in with your stub.

p3
same scene, different expressions.

I tried but that little Usher wouldn’t let me in.

usher? Usher isn’t little anymore. He’s like some old dude now. He’s like fifty.

Sigh. Just give me the ticket.

Okay. Some might see that as incomprehensible, but once you give them a banana they usually calm down. Gary on the other hand is a friggin’ genius. He’s able to understand my nonsense from p1 as meaning panel 1.

So let’s take a look at what he crafted from my so-called script.

Yup. Pretty straight-forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about panel 2?

All I had written in the script was “same scene, different expressions.” Despite my mother’s insistence I am not an artist, so I can only imagine this might prove challenging, if not annoying, for most artists. Editors, and many writers, HATE this kind of scripting. Just ask Robert Heske. He’d never write a script like this. But for me this kind of freedom given to the artist absolutely works, and works every single time. To prove this point let’s take a look at panel 3.

 

As a reminder, here’s the description:

p3
same scene, different expressions.

I tried but that little Usher wouldn’t let me in.

usher? Usher isn’t little anymore. He’s like some old dude now. He’s like fifty.

Sigh. Just give me the ticket.

 

Gary’s work for this panel was a huge surprise to me. My intention for the joke was the girl had misunderstood what Joseph was telling her. She thought he was talking about the performance artist “Usher”. Teenage girls are always thinking about something else when adults are talking to them.

What we see here is a joke that works in two ways. By illustrating the usher as an old dude Gary fit the joke in that Joseph had been waiting a very long time. This is why Gary is a genius. And not a trained monkey.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to be flogged for using quotations for the word Usher. And here’s the final product. Not that you were wondering. But yeah. That’s how it’s done.

JOSEPH!’s Top 10

 

JOSEPH!’s Top 10 of 2011

#10

 

While this is from a strip readers have not seen yet it’s a great example of why I as the writer love Joseph himself. Here we see an every-day father trying his best not to lose his little girl to a modern society obsessed with entertainment and the distractions of video games, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past year has been about JOSEPH! as a series finding its footing. When Joseph is sick one day and needs to stay home Jesus and his best friend Lil’ D. force him to pet-sit Lil’ D.’s cat Lucius, who happens to also be sick. This particular strip is showing us what kind of world JOSEPH! is set in. For one, it’s a world in which animals can talk. This is just the start of the series establishing itself, much like a television series must do in its first season. There’s much more ahead in 2012 and we will see this is a world in which anything can happen. Yes. “anything”.

 

#8

 

How can you see the face of this sad little girl and not want to punish her older brother? Ruthie is not just any little girl. She’s the little sister of the future savior of all humanity. But at this point in time Jesus is a 14 year old boy who wants to hang with his best friend and not be pestered by his 10 year old sister. But when Jesus and Lil’ D. played a prank on Ruthie it backfired. She got him back when she sewed all the openings in his pants closed.

 

 

 

 

 

#7

Okay. I’m about to give something away here. This strip is based on a true story. When I was 14 we had some neighbors with a little girl of about 10 years. She was adorable and used to love when I came over and entertained her in the playroom of their basement. I was 14 so it was way not cool to tell my friends about this little embarrassing fact so there are only a handful of people who previously knew this story. One day her parents asked me to baby sit and even offered to pay me. Cool. I could buy that Prince tape I was wanting. Totally rad. After a few hours the little tyke grew hungry and led me to the kitchen where she began to order what she wanted. Not wanting to disappoint my young fan I quickly unloaded the fridge and cabinets of everything she said she wanted. The specifics can be imagined. Let’s just say I was never asked back to baby sit again. But hey. At least my fan was happy. Sometimes I wonder what happened to her. Hope she grew up healthy.

 

 

#6

 

Like many dad’s all across America Joseph is just a little proud of his driving skills. But when he doesn’t listen to his wife Mary to stop for gas his pride gets them stuck in the middle of nowhere with no gas. Normally Joseph is always telling Jesus to refrain from using miracles, but in this case he makes an exception. Jesus decides to exploit the situation. Of course.

 

#5

Here’s another good example of me pulling from real-life for source material. This is another true story, and this time given to me by my friend Ashley Auld from her own childhood. There’s so much for me to love in this panel alone. The looks of exasperation and surprise on the faces of Jesus and Lil’ D. are great, but the whole defiant stance of Ruthie is priceless. Love it!

 

#4

For many people Halloween is the best time of year. If you’re a kid it’s essential for a healthy lifestyle. Only one thing can compete with Christmas and that’s Halloween. In the world of JOSEPH! there is no Christmas because Jesus hasn’t grown to fulfill his destiny yet. Only Hannukah and Saturnalia. As you’ve seen most recently we’re going to treat Christmas as Jesus’ birthday. And that makes sense.

 

#3

Zombies are huge! I never thought I would get caught up into the rage over the undead but AMC’s The Walking Dead has made me a convert. I purposely avoid the comics so I’m not spoiled to any potential plots. This strip came about when I was joking with friends about the acronym ADD. “After Death Disease”. We also joked about Skeletor visiting his doctor: “I’ve got no friggin’ lips, man!” But I’d rather avoid copyright infringement.

 

 

 

#2

 

It amazes me that so many people can caught up into local weather reports during a POTENTIAL storm. It doesn’t even need to be raining for them to interrupt your favorite shows just to tell you, “Hey, it’s gonna rain!”

 

Local news stations are in competition with one another. As such, they sell fear to keep you glued to the TV for six hours, getting viewers in a panic that they and their loved ones are going to die when they slip on the dew outside their doors. But hey. Better safe than sorry.

 

 

 

 

#1

The number one strip of 2011 is our big premier at InvestComics. It really set the tone for what readers were going to see and what they could expect. Ruthie wants to play Wizard Boy and Jesus and Lil’ D. are forced to play with her. After Ruthie annoys her brother to use his wand he decides he’s going to show off just a bit and shows us he doesn’t need a wand. Ruthie taddles on her brother of course, exclaiming, “Daddy! Jesus is using miracles again!”

2011 is just the start. At the end of 2012 (yes, we’ll still be here!) our readership will be larger and we’ll have fun letting others vote to choose the top 10. What can you expect in 2012? Robots, gay aliens, monsters, girl trouble. Ya know. Typical stuff any father of a 14 year old boy destined to be the savior must endure. Because when God tells you to raise his only begotten son you do whatever you have to.

-David Paul

Zombie Spectacular!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year we’re starting a whole new tradition. In honor of our favorite comic book/TV show/soon to be movie (you know it’s gonna happen!) we’re celebrating zombies. It’s true that this year’s offerings are scarce. We had hoped to bring in more strips featuring your favorite monsters. Perhaps next year there will be more. Much more. So here’s a challenge: Do a web search for zombie cartoons and post a link below. In the meantime, here’s today’s “Joseph!” along with a bonus re-run.

Meet the Cast

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Before his adopted son can unite all of humanity in peace and harmony he must first survive being a teenager. But can Joseph survive raising a teenage boy whose best friend is the son of the devil? Yeah, well. You try raising a teenager who happens to be the Son of God!

 

 

 

 

 

As a hard working contractor who loves his family Joseph is   willing to do whatever it takes… for a peaceful evening. But the people who surround him are making that impossible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourteen year old Jesus only cares about video games, texting, movies, music, nu tech and girls. He reminds his dad that being a teenager doesn’t have to be boring. “Yo.”

The kid’s best friend won’t reply to any other name than Lil’ D. If his father wasn’t the Imperial Lord of the Underworld maybe he wouldn’t care about the eternal damnation of your soul. Wait. That’s one of his older brothers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there’s the kid sister Ruthie. At ten this is not a little girl who goes neglected. But sometimes she makes getting her way worth the trouble.

It’s tough for a man who only wants peace in the house.

 

 

 

 

Who Are the Creators?

David Paul is the author of Naked Vitality, a nominee for several literary awards and the 2004 International Library of Poetry Silver Award Cup recipient. His works in graphic novels include the award-winning Cold Blooded Chillers by Heske Horror and he is a long time Heavy Metal magazine contributor. He works as a comic book and graphic novel letterer, collaborating with numerous artists. Samples of his work can be viewed at his DeviantArt gallery here
http://davidpaul1970.deviantart.com/gallery/30893065
and here
http://davidpaul1970.deviantart.com/

Gary T.  Becks was born in the Washington DC metropolitan area June 18, 1968.  He became interested in writing and music at the age of 6,  and after a few years of collecting comic books became inspired to draw his own. Mostly a self taught artist, his style is a mix of both Japanese Manga and American comic influences.

In 1992 he moved to Los Angeles and completed his first comic series called Vixen 6 which was adapted into a screenplay.

In 2001 he started the series Mazscara, a webcomic whose story elements mix horror, drama and fantasy. At the same time he began to discover 3D software such as  zBrush, Cinema 4D and Poser, which took his art in a whole different direction. G.T is currently working on several 3D projects as well as two new comic series called the Humorville Hillarrions and Fiendy.

His art portfolio can be viewed here :

http://githos.deviantart.com/

 

Joseph! starts tomorrow. Do not miss it!