Origins: Blender Kitty the comic strip was started in 1999, or thereabouts. It did not entail placing viable cats in blenders, or anything gratuitous. Rather, it was about a cat that resembled a blender, and his sidekick Candy Medicine Bear. (Wayne the Endangered River Otter was later added.)
Chronology: I did not keep track of the creation dates for these comics. This is a complaint of my artwork generally. Scanning these pages into a scanner generated time stamps, but I did not own a scanner in the early going of Blender Kitty, Moreover I am not always punctual at scanning works upon their completion, and therefore must rely on my failing memory for their organization. The earliest comic strips are the easiest to identify, as they are simpler in style. I have culled a number of these and present them in the first two archive pages, although some late strips find their way onto the end of the second page.
For reading purpose, some of these comics, when clinking on their respective links, have been chopped up and reassembled. Although this is aesthetically unpleasing, it makes reading the text easier on digital devices. The thumbnails on the archive pages preserve the original look of the comics in strip form.
Roundabout Evolution: When I became a published college newspaper cartoonist, my first strip was twice weekly. Much of that work was absorbed into the unpublished pages of Epic Dermis. Later (and I cannot remember the circumstances) I began pillaging the pages of Bible Welts to fill demand for product. Those text-heavy comics did not take well to the strip format, and running the stories in segments was also a bad idea.* That move tarnished my good name as a cartoonist, and it took a solid year of Blender Kitty strips—my new and improved product—to earn back my reputation.
I needed roughly 150 strips a year, with a small portion of that being repeats. I started work on the first semester cartoons in early summer, and worked through early winter to finish those comprising the second semester.
*Other laborsaving comics included ballpoint pen jots with hasty captions. The best of these (and there were very few good ones) can be seen on the fifth page of the Profile in Confusion archive.
Archive 2/ Comics Portal Page
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