News: July 2004

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Tail Spin

I've done a number of things since posting the comic this morning - the last being this here post. The first of which was adding a conspiciously absent tail in the third panel of today's strip. I keep forgetting that damn tail! So for future reference, if you ever notice it missing again, I'm a dumbass.

Some of the other things I did today had more to do with things that benefit you. I've already completed another wallpaper, which I mentioned I might try to do in my last post if I had time. I'm going to hold off on releasing it until we do a strip in the near future which might better explain it, much like we did with the Bobbo wallpaper.

I've also already made the link buttons and banner ads. Those should be up along with Monday's comic. I'm going to run them by Omar (who's off doing LCP things this weekend) before I post them, lest they meet his disapproval and he pokes me with a very sharp stick. A very sharp stick.

And finally, another good thing for you guys. I went back through all the comics and converted them into gifs, which reduced the files sizes considerably. See, dial-uppers, I don't hate you afterall. I'm just very bad about optimizing stuff. I've also been trying to figure out the best way to start making the actual size of the strips smaller. The big problem there is that I draw very tiny by habit. I'll see what I can do about that.

Well, see you all Monday.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Spawn 'o Space Monkeys

Why yes that IS a dramatic plot twist you just witnessed. Will the meaner of our two monkeys take to mother(father?)hood like a duck to duck mother(father?)hood or will he eat his young like some of the more developed insects do? Only time and biology will tell.

We also learn from this comic several rules that will always apply in the Space Monkeys universe:

  • When engaged in interstellar battle, always watch your ass.

  • When at The Monkey Bar, always try the free bananas and Pale Ape beer.

  • Monkeys shouldn't wear such tight pants.

We're working on that third one, at least.

Until next time... SPACE MONKEYS!!!

It came from his anus!

I love The Monkey Bar.  There was a level of glee reached when Omar and I came up with the idea the likes of which would be ridiculous for me to ever hope to achieve again in my lifetime.  All I can do is allow our favorite space mammals (yes, also counting moon weasels) to revisit the dank setting from time to time.  I should've pointed out to you kiddos the first time we paid a visit to the bar that our characters are of legal drinking age.  So there's nothing wrong with them partaking in a bit of the alkeehall from time to time.   Besides, they're cartoons.  Get over yourself.

Anything but Mini Me's creation was very odd - aside from him bursting out of an ass in Xenomorph fashion, of course.  He was really just going to be a means to an end at first, but now I really like the idea of having him around.  I'm not sure how we'll work him into future strips, but that's for us to figure out and you to find out. 

I plan on working on some more goodies for you guys in the coming week.  I should have some link buttons and banner ads up on the hot stuff page soon so you can pimp us out.  I'd also like to do another desktop wallpaper, time-permitting.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Mo' Meta

It's super early; I'm exhausted and am seeing the comic for the first time, much like you.

It combines our love of lasers, large tentacled creatures and puns.

I'm also amazed it got done on time because when I went to bed last night, I asked for a sort of final status check. (The artist here stays up till about 5 a.m. most nights. I try to be a little more conservative, sleeping about 1 a.m.-ish.)

Omar: So, how's the strip coming?

PJ: Strip? OH YEAH!

Yet, here it is.

I also just noticed that for them to have this battle, their ship must be really really large.

That's all I got, folks. I'm going to go have some coffee now.

On Fiyah!

I really don't have an important news bulletin or anything like that.  I just wanted to use that title.  "I'M ON FIYAH!" to quote Mystikal, who happens to go way back with Omar.

I'm quite proud of the the gradual improvements in the artwork of the strip.  I spent the majority of the time for this one on the first panel, and I'm sure that is reflected in comparison to the remaining two frames.  Also, I thought I'd try something new by going with three panels instead of the usual four, with the third being in a sort of widescreen format.  I got the idea when I got hooked on Scarygoround recently.  You should check it out, and some of the other comics up on the recently updated links page before I go link crazy on this post.  Oh....too late.

Oh...some good news.  I was able to do almost all of today's comic over the course of one day, which means I've gotten considerably more efficient with making these strips, taking into account how demanding the artwork was for this particular strip.  This might mean I will be able to continue updating regularly once school starts up again, but don't hold me to that.  If it doesn't work out, I'm sure we'll come up with something.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Breast comic yet

I did indeed keep myself in the dark about our update schedule, mostly because I wasn't sure we could put up comics on such short notice. Doesn't that involve quitting jobs, selling family members, eating Ramen for every meal? (If you get really poor, I hear, you have to start eating raw men for money.)

The life of comic strip squallor is obviously distasteful to me. That's why I never invested in cardboard and exotic inks. And that's why I leave the drawing to my li'l bro.

You would do well to follow PJ's advice and download the new Bobbo desktop images. I put it on my work machine and suddenly it was like a beer commercial in my office. My boss came out in a string bikini. Unfortunately, he's a dude. For now.

Come back Monday. PJ promises another new strip and I'll be damned if I'm going to stand in his way. Hell, I'm not even within 70 miles to do that in person.

You guys are in for a teat

Thus concludes the first full week of our Monday/Friday updating schedule.  I think that went quite well, don't you?  Not only was I able to have the strips ready for you, but I also took the liberty of making you a little gift.  It can be found here, where all things hot reside.  People seem to like that Bobbo, and with good reason.  Sometimes I erupt into spontaneous laughter because I have him in my head.  For that alone, he deserves to be forever enshrined on your desktop in all his slothly splendor.

Omar didn't even know we were updating Monday/Fridays, so I would like to reiterate - WE ARE UPDATING THE STRIP ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS!  Now, once school starts back up for me in the fall, it might be a different story.  We shall see.  I hope to keep this up. 

Whew!  I think I've managed to escape the newspost without referring to bosoms.  That was really my only goal.  I think I can go now.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Riding the Action Gravy train

I'm pretty excited that we (by which I mean, PJ) met the Monday deadline for this latest strip.

As to the origins of this mysterious new gravy hero... I imagine we'll be coming back to it at some point. Rest assured: Gravy doesn't just happen. If it did, you might live in a world of gravy waterfalls and gravy meadows where unicorns feast upon their choice of brown or cream-colored nourishment.

I just completely lost my train of thought.

The White Knight is Born

Today's strip should provide loads of creamy goodness, I would hope.  I'm not much of a fan of the gravy, but action gravy - that's a horse of a different feather.
I don't want to be like those guys who on their newsposts only talk about how long it took them to finish a strip, or about the little difficulties they ran into along the way.  If you really care about my whining, you can check out Seriously.  There's bound to be some over there from time to time. 
I'm not sure what exactly that leaves for me to talk about since I can't really digress with much success into simian space culture, which happens to be our subject matter of choice around these parts.  I suppose I'll play it smart, and only write about stuff when I have stuff to write about.  Brilliant!
I can say, though, that Omar and I are really excited about the prospects of this little comic of ours, and the ideas just keeping coming.  Stay tuned.

Friday, July 16, 2004

I've decided

Space Monkeys fans are going to be the best webcomic fans in the world. 
The question is: Am I going to be able to keep up with you guys? 
Right now I'm working on the next strip, and I'm trying to see just how fast I would be able to pump these out so I can give you more of a definitive update schedule.  So let's start this off on the right foot.  You will have a new comic on Monday, and I'm going to see about a Monday/Friday updating schedule from that point on.  Eventually, I would like to be able to do the MWF thing most webcomics seem to do.  But for now let's stick with MF, and maybe Wednesday could be reserved for bonus comics if you guys are good little mammals and keep coming back to visit.  I suppose we should've cleared that up from the outset.
So yes.  Monday.  Be here, or be killed. 
Hehe....I'm just kidding.
*glares menacingly*
Naw, you won't be killed.  Just....stabbed a litle.  By monkeys, no less. 

Spinning wheels

Wow! A bustling community in just two days!


Anyway... we're working on the next two strips, one of which will introduce an entirely new character. Or maybe it's a foodstuff. It's definitely something. The strip after that will be a re-enactment of the Civil War, with the meaner of our two monkeys playing General Robert E. Lee.

Or maybe something funnier. Who the hell knows.

If we can crank these out once per week, we'll consider ourselves ahead of the game. What game you ask? Why the Game of Life, that's what.


Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Touch our monkeys back

Don't be afraid to post comments and such to let us know we're not just doing this for our own amusement, which....wouldn't be a terrible thing...I guess.

I envision this to be a utopian community where monkeys frolic freely amongst our readers, swinging gracefully amongst the many threads of the posted comments and bringing further enjoyment to you - our loyal readers. Don't turn this into simply a planet of apes. Remember the Statue of Liberty?

You maniacs! *slams fist into the ground* You blew it up! AHH DAMN YOU! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELLLL! *sobs quietly*

The trouble with monkeys

Hey, folks. I'm Omar, brother to the PJ, and we just wanted to thank you for coming in to be touched by our monkeys.

Wait. That's not right.

We hope that you are as touched by our monkeys as my brother and I have been together for these last few months.

Wow. Worse.

Let us just say that we created some monkeys, monkeys in space, and that we hope you like them. We hope you like their new home, this Web site that's been the subject of discussion for the last few weeks. Discussions like this:

PJ: How do I get the background to center off with the blogger template so the text doesn't go way off on the left?

Omar: (shrugs)

We hope to get about updating the comic in a more timely fashion (I think we're averaging about one strip a month, if that), and that you'll keep coming back to see if the monkeys do, indeed, beat out the human race. There are probably maybe about five or six space monkeys and about 5.5 billion humans, so... we're kind of rooting for the underdog.


Well, hi there. Um...I'm not sure how you're supposed to start something like this so let me just introduce myself. I'm P.J., and I'll be your artist. It was a lot of work getting this all set up, but I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end for you and me. I look forward to the laughs ahead. Enjoy.