#74: They Always Bring Friends

Much as I may hate winter, I do love snow. Snow is awesome.

When I was a kid we used to regularly get winter snowfall of a foot or two. Now we’re lucky if we get an inch. I miss those days. Standing in the back garden, surrounded by the eerie, calming silence of the world and its flumpy blanket. I used to watch snowflakes and would try to spot one high up and track it all the way down. Then I would get my Action Man ski combat set out and all hell would break loose.

You may have noticed that I have decided to overhaul the strip font. I really fancied using a lower-case compatible font so that I have the option of all-caps for shouting (plus a lower-case font emphasises Foxx’s endearing innocence all the better). I found the absolute perfect font – just what I wanted – but I had to dump it at the last minute when I realised that it was the font used by Penny Arcade. I trialled a whole mess on old strips, and this is the one that came out the best.

I’m gonna try and bust out a Christmas strip for Christmas Day, but no promises.

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21 Comments

  1. shadow
    Posted December 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    where i live like 25 years ago we had a blizzard i am 14 so i do not remember but5 i know someone that hates snow cause the blizzard killed his fammily =,(

    but i lovwe snow! =D i wish it snowed more offten here i have only seen snow 3-4 time in my life =(.

    • Posted December 21, 2009 at 12:20 am | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I can imagine that would not leave a pleasant association 😦

      Don’t worry though, the way we are going, global cooling will mean that you may get to see a lot more snow as your life goes on 🙂

      • shadow
        Posted December 22, 2009 at 5:39 am | Permalink | Reply

        i live in a valley in east tenneesse i live in a little know place and it except for the blizzard it has never really snowed here =(

        and i leave you with a pacman ghost

        (-;,,;-)

  2. Renae
    Posted December 20, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve never seen snow.
    Closest I got was half an hour’s hike away up a mountain in New Zealand…

    I will be melting on Christmas day… so far they are predicting 35 degrees Celsius, which is actually a bit cooler than last year…. but no air conditioning at my sister’s.
    DAMMIT.

    • Posted December 21, 2009 at 12:19 am | Permalink | Reply

      Wow, strange to think someone can never have seen snow. The quiet that comes after a heavy snowfall is like nothing you can imagine. And whizing down a hill on a crappy children’s sledge at breakneck speed, smacking a rck hidden under the drift and twatting your bollocks when you land…priceless childhood memories 🙂

      • Wulfie_V
        Posted December 21, 2009 at 2:30 am | Permalink | Reply

        When I was little we used to live right near a rock quarry. When it snowed, we got trash can lids and slid down the Huge hills of the different rocks they had. Best part was falling off our makeshift sleds and roll/sliding the rest of the way down… Only to smack into a large rock, be it face, back, or balls first.
        Ah the memories. One of my brothers actually ruptured one of his testicles in 1996. That was a beautiful year XD

      • Posted December 22, 2009 at 1:29 am | Permalink | Reply

        lol, “a beautiful year”. The schadenfreude in such filial trauma is always heartening 🙂

    • icallshogun
      Posted December 21, 2009 at 4:02 am | Permalink | Reply

      That blows my mind. I consciously know that there are tons of places that don’t get snow but some part of my brain refuses to accept that anyone hasn’t seen it up close, in person.

      The snow-silence is probably one of the most amazing things I’ve experienced, ever. Magical, if you will. I love snow, so long as i don’t have to commute or work in it.

      Nice choice on the font, too. It does look good.

      • Posted December 22, 2009 at 1:28 am | Permalink | Reply

        Thanks 🙂 We’ll see what it comes out like with lonbger blocks of text.

        The snow-silence is indeed magical…it’s hard to describe to someone who has never experienced it…it’s a bit like being in an acoustically perfect test chanmber, where all you can hear is your own breathing and the crunch of your feet in the snow. Happy face 🙂

  3. jose angel
    Posted December 21, 2009 at 12:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    debe ser chido esta en una nevada
    desde que era niño siempre e querido ver nieve
    aunque aqui lo mas parecido es graniso
    XD
    nice strip

    • Posted December 21, 2009 at 12:23 am | Permalink | Reply

      I can imagine Snow is not a regular visitor to Nevada 🙂

      • jose angel
        Posted December 21, 2009 at 6:34 am | Permalink | Reply

        nevada is in spanish snowstorm

        gogle traslate sucks
        siempre se equivoca

    • Posted December 22, 2009 at 1:26 am | Permalink | Reply

      In fact is was Alta Vista translation, but yes it does suck 🙂

  4. Squival
    Posted December 22, 2009 at 9:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    Using my feet to draw a certain part of the male anatomy has to be my favourite pastime, it never gets old 🙂
    As much as I like snow I seem to be drawn more to sitting in the warmth comfortably, looking out at the snow, rather than diving about in it as I used to do

  5. warbirdali
    Posted December 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    the silence of the snow interrupted only by one’s siblings crunching sneakily up with snowballs a plenty….. I remember at school we once built a fort out of snow that seemed (to us at 8 years old) 6 feet high, and snowballs that got too heavy to push. Speaking of snowballs Wulfie V made me snort coffee with the definition of a “beautiful year” I squirmed in my chair for a minute. I am also surprised at the action man skier since all mine had the elastic rot and so lost arms and legs due to the crapiness of the seals in the “Divers” Suit” in the bathtub. Or maybe the Matey bubble bath corroded it? Ahhh happy memories of playing with my “action man” in the tub. Also here in W. Tennessee a blizzard is about 1 inch of snow and people get cabin fever after one day of not being able to get to starbucks

  6. nas
    Posted December 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Snow – pretty to look at. Shit to walk in!!!:) xxxx

    • Posted December 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

      he he, I like walking in flumpy snow. It’s when it goes hard and icy thatit sucks – because you are at risk of ass-fallery 😦

  7. Duke of URL
    Posted December 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Your whining about fonts: Do you realize how stupid that sounds? It’s blithering nonsense to bitch and snivel that you can’t use a font “because someone else is using it”. So fragging what if someone is?

    • Posted December 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Whoa whoa whoa, cool your jets there, ace. I’d lay off the coffee if I were you. 0/10 for attitude.

      Where did I whine, bitch or snivel? I merely stated that I chose not to use that font because it is used in Penny Arcade. I put pride in my work, and as such like to keep things as original as possible, which, given a font is nigh on impossible. But where a VERY popular product to which we are already *unintentionally* very similar (i.e. two dudes, geek culture and the intelligent vs. childlike character cast) uses it – and not many other are, and not many strips use anything but uppercase fonts – I’ll choose avoid it. I also mentioned it because I like to give the readers some insight into “how the strip works”. It’s called “giving a little back to the people who are nice enough to form this tiny little community”.

      I would suggest you try and work on those communication skills. No-one else here thought it was stupid. No-one else here *bitched* (see what I did there?) like a twelve-year old playing Halo. Try being a little nicer, you might find people warm to you a little better.

  8. Warbirdali
    Posted December 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hear hear if you REALLY want to hear Foxx bitch and whine you should be there when his car won’t start on a cold morning when he is out of cigs and the coffee ran out.

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