Monday, February 25, 2008

Mustachioed Machismo

After the initial unveiling of the "Dan" character, I had a pretty good response from my readership. I started incorporating him in my comics more often, eventually phasing out the "Chad" character altogether.

Turns out there was a reason that I used Chad instead of trying to draw myself when this all started. He was easy to draw. "Dan" on the otherhand, was/is not. Initially I tried to redraw Dan every week so I would eventually become proficient, but as you can see by exhibits "A", "B", and especially "C", I wasn't getting the best results.

So I started cutting and pasting the "Dan" from previous comics instead of drawing him every week. I have to imagine this is frowned upon in the cartooning world, (it definitely is if you want to improve as an artist) but I'm certainly not the only one who occasionally falls into this bad habit.

At any rate, after my laptop died last week, I realized that I had lost all of my previous comic work - and thus, I didn't have my "cut and paste" crutch to lean on.

Relearning to draw myself was ... troublesome.

Thanks again to Mr. Mueller for helping me hash out the details of the comic this week.

Also, for those interested in Apple's customer support, I took my busted laptop into the Apple store on Saturday, and by Thursday morning I had a package containing my fixed laptop in my hands. Not too shabby.


enliv comics said...

so many questions!!! who is this chad character?? why did you phase him out?? why do you want to be like tom selleck?!! why can't i grow a mustache?!!! ARGHHHH

D Wheezy said...

Well, Chad was the first character I used for my web comic. I used "Chad" instead of myself in part because I wasn't sure that a comic that was purely "Dan" would work well enough to maintain regularly, but mostly it was because Chad was a simple character that was easy to draw.

These were the days before I had my Wacom, so I would draw in Flash with a mouse. Since Flash is a vector program it allowed me to adjust the lines after they had been "created" - so I would draw a straight line, then bend it to the shape I needed. It was somewhat limiting artistically, so when I designed Chad I was designing a character that could be replicated fairly easily using those tools.

After I used "Dan" in the Momma Knows Best comic, I received a lot of good feedback, both in comments and outside, that people liked Dan, so I just ran with it.

As for your last two quandaries, I believe the fact that you are lamenting the lack of mustache ability should be answer enough as to why somebody would want to be Tom Selleck. The guy's got what it takes in the mustache department.

Ben said...

tom selleck wears great shorts.

D Wheezy said...

That he does Ben. That he does.

Double M said...

I've been staring at Tom Selleck's face in your drawing for like 5 minutes now. I can't tell if its because its darker or if I have a 40+ man-crush on Tom Selleck.

Then I saw your images in the last comment. That last one was too much for me. I can't resist him any longer.

Right Click >> Set As Desktop Background...

Lance said...

Hey, Great comic. Selleck's awesomeness is bordering on Norrisian...But who was the comedian that Gallagher put on the chopping block? My best Guess was Mencia, in which case you should have given Gallagher a Spiked Mase instead of his signature sledgy...

D Wheezy said...

Thanks for the compliments fellas.

I'll tell ya this much MM, I didn't have to search very far to find those pictures - if you know what I mean. Let's just say it didn't require "the internet".

And Lance, you are correct - it is Mencia. See this post for the whole story.

emily marie said...

Man I really have been traveling a lot- I hardly recognize you! It must be that because I would never doubt your artistic wizardry. :)

Anonymous said...

Frankly, I love the Dan character. He is almost as sexy as the real thing ;)

Double M said...

Uh, excuse me, Mr. Selleck.

I was wondering if you could send me a full-size photo of the picture Wheezy posted above. You know, this one.

If you could sign it, "Come wash my back. Tom Selleck" that would be great as well.

Anonymous said...

Top blog, I had not come across previously during my searches!
Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, it is a false way.

[url=]gry dla dzieci[/url]
| [url=]gry[/url]

Anonymous said...


Thanks for sharing the link - but unfortunately it seems to be not working? Does anybody here at have a mirror or another source?


Anonymous said...

I've always liked things like sand clocks, lava lamps, and the like to well-wishing of virtuous dissipate time staring at it as a cut of catharsis. In a course, it helps me with meditation, to mitigate lay stress and decent think about nothing. That's why since I was a kid, in place of of dolls and cars I've perpetually collected more of such pieces like sand clocks, lava lamps, harmonious boxes etc. So I was most charmed when I establish the[url=] 2-Laser + LED Spry Appear Laser Outstrip Gyroscope with Music Effects[/url] from under the aegis the Toys section. It's like a tuneful thump, a spinning better, and a light show all rolled into one. Which is prodigious entertainment! The gyroscope transfer spin for about a minute. The laser explanation pretension with accompanying music makes this gyroscope a measure incomparable bauble that my friends get also been most amused with.

My dogs are also nice-looking eccentric about the laser gyroscope I got from They always cleave to the gyroscope as it spins, although at first they kept barking at the laser diverting dismiss show, and also because it produces music. But after they got used it, they've stopped barking but just maintain following the gyroscope whenever I start spinning it. Kids are also bonny amused alongside it. Off it's meet to maintain pleasing toys around the blood so that you can pull out the small on while the kids are being amused or playing with it while you go fit out scoff or receive changed. The gyroscope is one such fool with with this purpose.

The gyroscope I bought from has a dragon as a map on it, and produces a dainty exposition with red, dispirited, and green colours. Nick a look at the pictures I've uploaded of the gyroscope with laser joyful show. The music produced from the gyroscope is not that expert but good enough to consider any supplementary customer to the house. The gyroscope is red and raven, making it look particular cold, and to some macho with that dragon imprint.

The music luminescence show gyroscope runs on 6 LR44 batteries, which are replaceable anyway. I've also euphemistic pre-owned this gyroscope to surprise my girlfriend during our anniversary celebration. I did the cheesy thing of decorating the hostelry latitude with roses and when I led her in, I started up the gyroscope as rise so that the laser insight clarify produces a dreamed-up effect. I also had some battery operated candles so all the sunrise effects created a sort of mawkish atmosphere. She loved it, not later than the way, to my relief. I also bought the candles from These days it seems to be my default shopping site for all gifts and ideas in behalf of romantic occasions.

Since Christmas is coming, this laser radiance playing gyroscope can possibly be a talented Christmas gift in behalf of the toddler or even the favoured! Alternatively, the gyroscope can simply be a kindly summation to the established Christmas decorations. I can imagine placing it adjoining the Christmas tree and maybe spinning it when guests hit town in the house. Looks like [url=][/url] is getting my duty still again!