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Below are the 14 most recent journal entries recorded in Two Dollar Matinee's LiveJournal:

Sunday, June 29th, 2008
4:06 am
[bustermaximus]
An update? What the?!
Hey, I've actually gotten around to publishing a couple of issues of $2 Matinee!

One:


Another:



Anybody want some? They are each 20 pages, 5.5" by 8.5", full b&w, with a slick little cover. Send a note to bfstudioartATyahooDOTcom if you'd like an issue for the price in the title, plus a buck for shipping. Willing to trade, too!

Also, keep an eye on my new website, http://hastilyscribbled.comicgenesis.com It ain't much to look at right now, but there are a few nice comics up, with regular updates. Think of it as somewhat of an addendum to the printed material.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
2:23 am
[bustermaximus]
Colortime!
So, hey, first of all, I'm back. Considering there's two people on this thing's friends list, and I know both of them, you probably know that. However, I thought it might be nice to keep this silly little journal alive, considering it's attached to the $2 Matinee main page and all. Yellowstone was a blast, and I came away from it with A LOT of inspirational material.

So, what's new? Well, I'll tell you. I've decided to take this webcomic thing more seriously now. I've got so much material floating around my head that if I don't start expelling it soon, I'm liable to form a tumor from unspent creativity. So, that means giving equal time to both print and web projects. After all, the web affords plenty of things that print just doesn't. For instance, the opportunity for community input! Of course, I have received no community input whatsoever yet. Also, it affords me the opportunity to work in color. I'm actually lukewarm on that opportunity, but I figure that if I'm on the web, I'd might as well play by web rules. That means landscape orientation of strips, and color. Digital color. I'm hoping I grow to enjoy it, but for now I'm out of my comfort zone.

I've already earmarked several projects for web-exclusivity. I've also already drawn seven weeks' worth of stuff. Most of it still needs to be colored, but at least it's there! I'm only uploading a page a week for now. If I get ahead by a lot of pages, however, there's the possibility that frequency could upshift. However, since I plan to simultaneously work on strictly print projects, I doubt I'll ever get that far ahead of schedule.

Speaking of print, I went out and bought myself a lazer printer! It's black and white, because I'm cheap, but it is very awesome! It inspires within me the drive to create and publish things that can be printed in black and white. So, I think I will follow that inspiration. I can certainly print things like greeting cards and postcards, and digest-sized zine thingies. So, I think I will. And small prints, too.

You see, I've coveted a lazer printer since the day they utilized lazers to print things. And now that I own one, I hope very much to use it to its fullest extent until it irreparably breaks down. And so, I think I will

That's about it for now! I'll keep you posted as things progress. My mind is a-brewin' with a lot of stuff right now. Six months away from society is actually a VERY GOOD THING!
Saturday, April 9th, 2005
2:12 pm
[bustermaximus]
Two weeks? I have a good reason.
Go to this entry in my personal journal:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/bustermaximus/60917.html

I'm now working to provide a bit of a buffer to get me through the roughly 26 weeks I'll be gone. Means updates may not start up again until the 2X of April. So, there you go then.
Friday, March 18th, 2005
2:26 pm
[bustermaximus]
Hmm...
I've been having problems with the upload process recently. Last week's comic had been uploaded for weeks, but for some reason didn't update. I tried re-uploading it several times this week, but it moved from the "comics" section, to the HTML section. This is why I have a distaste for protocals that automatically do things for you. Sure, when things are working, it means less time spent for me, but if things aren't working, I don't have the facilities to figure out what's wrong and fix it. It's not my server, and I'm not a programmer.

Anyway, there WAS an update last Sunday. It just never UPDATED. I've taken it as an opportunity to re-compress the file with ACDSee, which is the best program I own for resizing files quickly and prettily. I'll take the few extra KB if it looks pretty, and it does. Much better than when I was resizing with Gimp and PSP. PSP really blows when it comes to resizing without pixellation, at least in my experience.

The schedule shall resume on Sunday, the regular date and time. Sorry for the technical difficulties.

**UPDATE**

Okay, so it seems that Keenspace crashed on the 13th, which is when the last comic was supposed to update. Don't have any idea how I would have missed news of the crash. Well, yes I do, but that's immaterial. It also seems that the crash has affected my guide pages and whatnot. That's pretty lame, too, because I now have to re-do it all. Whateva...

Current Mood: okay
Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
7:41 am
[bustermaximus]
A horse of a different color.
Well, I'm readying everything for my trip to Seattle, and The Emerald City Comic Con. I'll be leaving in about an hour, hitting the road, and crossing the state. As everybody who is within telling distance of me is aware, I'm absolutely stoked for this! This is going to be an incredible weekend! It'll be the fruition of a dream, and the completion of one facet of a New Year's resolution. I'm going to be there, dressed to the nines, too!

This will not effect updates, as I've already uploaded several strips to autoupdate while I'm gone. I'll be sure to write a big ol' Emerald City retrospective when I get back, probably monday. So, if anybody out there who is incidentally reading this is also incidentally in the Seattle area, and plans to go the the con this weekend, come by the SPA booth, right behind Fantagraphics, and say "HI!"

Current Mood: ready
Friday, January 21st, 2005
2:06 am
[bustermaximus]
Well, damnit.
The problem with taking a hiatus is that it gives a person time to re-think his decisions, and make new ones. Over the course of this two-month break from the webcomic, I've been doing work for a print comic to be displayed at the Emerald City Comic Con with the old crew, I'd come to THREE different decisions.

One, I'm a print guy. I'm biased against webcomics. I think it's too easy, too free, and you don't get to hold a finished product in your hand. I like the tactile quality of reading comics. I don't like to strain my eyes by staring at a computer screen for hours on end in order to read comics. Paper has always been an important materian in my life, and there's no changing that. I will always be a proponent of print. I don't think that paperless publishing is the 'wave of the future'. I don't think that printed publishing is going to go the way of the dinosaur anytime soon. SO, I'm going to spend the majority of my time focusing my attention on print work.

Two, Big World takes too damned long per page to try to post, even on a weekly schedule, while it's still a work in progress. Since the last update in mid-November, I've only been able to get ONE ten-panel page of that particular story done, and that GD page kicked my ass and took away any resolution to finish the remaining pages anytime soon. In the meantime, I've pretty much been cranking out all sorts of one-shot strips, and even two-page strips over the past month. This leads me to think that if this web comic thing is going to work for me, I'm going to have to do the single page strip thing. Doing a page a week certainly isn't a problem, but it doesn't look like I'll have the endurance to do a page a week of the same story arc for at least twenty-week stretches. Also, I think that's a bit cheap for me to pull on any readers I have. Taking half a year or more to do one story arc doesn't sound like an efficient use of time to me.

Three, well, it's more of an amalgamation of two and one. I'm still going to be running this online project, and I'm still going to be doing it weekly. I'm just going to be changing it around a bit. Given that my focus will be on print comics for some time yet, and given that my print work will be more story based stuff, I'm going to be posting only single-paged and few-paged comics online. I really like doing short attention span comics, so it's not as if I'll feel like I'm cheating anyone in this deal. They're refreshing and fun, and they'll still harbor any type of quality I feel I have. Plus, I won't feel drudged down or chained to one specific storyline over the course of many weeks, and instead of possibly drawing in potential readers, only to alienate them by changing stories after several weeks, readers will come to my site expecting to get new and different material every week. This is the concept I started out with for Two Dallar Matinee, and at some point it just got skewed. I'm now correcting myself, and going back to the original recipe.

At any rate, as of this coming Sunday, I'll be posting again on the weekly schedule. I'll be taking down the meager three Big World pages that have been posted, and I'll move on from there. I doubt I'll be pissing anyone off with this announcement, really, given that I've been away from the site for a couple of months, and it was too new a site to have any real readers to begin with. Anyway, thanks for your time.

Current Mood: pretty good
Wednesday, December 1st, 2004
11:07 pm
[bustermaximus]
Hiatus!?
Well, maybe the word 'hiatus' is a bit of a strong word to use, because it's not like that. Actually, I'm just taking some time to do many things, both personal and site related, in order to get my shit together. Yeah, yeah, a page a week shouldn't be a huge thing to get done, but I can now tell you from experience that a week passes quickly, especially when you take as much time on a single page as I do.

So here's the deal. I've got a lot I need to do, because I'm going to be renting a table at Seattle's Emerald City ComiCon in February. I'm working hard on Big World right now. The thing is, the entire comic is set up to be finished by Christmas, so I can move onto at least one more project before I take the trip to Seattle. I'd just rather go at this my own way, which sometimes means doing pages out of sequence. For instance, page four is a beyotch. Ten panels. What was I thinking? If I were to get ten or fifteen pages done before I started posting again, it would allow me some leeway on what I work on, and when.

Even though this is a comic which I'm posting on the web, I'm not actually approaching it as a 'webcomic' per se. It is a comic book, which I will be publishing. That's true for all of my work. I consider myself a small presser, not a web presser. I always have, and probably always will. Sticking to a webcomic type of schedule is hard for me, and the only way I could do it with any sort of success is to finish a body of work before posting. I should have thought of this before posting all of my old stuff on a daily basis early on. I should have given myself more time to get more Big World material finished, and I should definitely have posted more one-strip comics before I'd started posting Big World. I'm just so excited about working on this project and showing it off, along with all of the projects that come after it. I've always had a hard time maintaining my focus and seeing my projects through the end, and it feels good that I'm this far into my work on Big World. My excitement to show it off was a bit pre-mature, but I'm determined to keep my schedules on this one. It would be a shame if I'd let myself sabotage my own efforts.

I'd never really planned on promoting my work, or the website I seem to have re-created to showcase my work, until the new year, giving myself a few months to get back into the whole website upkeep thing. I realize that this might be alienating to any new readers I may have lurking around. Rest assured, however, I'm just trying to get all of the slow updates, false starts, low content, and other such quality issues behind me up front and early on, so that I can be counted upon for quality work and regular updates down the road. I'm thinking long-term here. So, again, I hope you bear with me. If I don't start putting up weekly content by January, you have my permission to call me out.

I'm sorry I'm so lame.

Current Mood: lethargic
Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
10:30 pm
[bustermaximus]
Hey! Lookit that! I updated!
Brand spankin' new page at Two Dollar Matinee! Right on, right? Sorry again for the tardiness. I've decided to move my update dates to Sundays. I think that I'll probably need the weekends to work on pages, so Sunday/Monday is going to work better for me.

Anyhoo...

This page looks okay. I dunno. I spent about six hours on the first panel alone. If the next page takes as long to do as this one, well, we'll see by Sunday.

I hope y'all enjoy!

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004
5:43 pm
[bustermaximus]
The Dilly-o.
So, as is evident, I missed last week's update. I realize that it's WAY too early in my run to go acting like a primo don, and miss the scheduled update for Two Dollar Matinee. I'll try not to make it a habit.

Anyway, many reasons for the miss. First, I was sick. Even though I did do some drawing on the next page, my headache prevented me from spending too much time on it all at once. Second, that damned grass. I now know why I'm doing Big World. It's a self-examination. I figure that if I can get through twenty pages of this tedious stuff, and make it look pretty good, I'm golden. Actually, after page five, it should get easier on me. The setting has been established, now it's time to focus on the characters. Third, and most important, the deadline for The Ben Wicks Award looms ahead of me, so I'm spending a lot of time on the entry right now.

So, I'll try very hard to get the next page up on the next update scheduled. The page should be done by then. After that, the updates should go ahead as scheduled. Sorry for the wait.

Current Mood: recovering
Sunday, October 31st, 2004
8:04 pm
[bustermaximus]
A new post! (and on time, too!)
Page #2 of Big World has updated on schedule! Just a quick warning, if you're offended by nakedness, you might want to stop reading this comic for the next 20 weeks or so. I'll tell you right now that there is no sexual nudity involved with Big World, but the main character is sort of an Eve archetype, which means she's blissfully unaware that she's a nudist. As is everyone around her. There's an involved history on why Cassandra does not have clothes, but I'll save the story for when I get some sort of character bio page up and running. There is no gratuitous crotch action, or anything. In fact, I don't believe there is any crotch action at all. This is all very tastefully done, at least in my opinion. However, there is boobage (breastage?), and thighage, and later there will be buttockage, so consider yourself DULY WARNED!

With that said, I do hope people keep with it. I think it's a pretty good story, once it gets going.

By the way, this note would have been on Friday, but I couldn't access this community then.
Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
4:26 pm
[bustermaximus]
Update!
A new page for Two Dollar Matinee signals the beginning of the extended story of Big World. Please excuse the tardiness with this update. I've been having some trouble with my FTP. Guess that's what I get for free. Anyway, the next few weeks' pages are uploaded, so no more late pages for awhile anyway. Remember, I update ever Friday morning, or at least that's the plan!

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
1:48 am
[bustermaximus]
Goodbye Sticky, hello new comic and schedule. (plus some rambling!)
...

DISCLAIMER
***If you do not wish to wade through a long rambling post, scroll down to the last paragraph!***

Today ends my daily posts. It's been eight or nine days, and it was good while it lasted! There are many reasons for this, but it all pretty much boils down to time. I knew I was going to be posting Sticky for awhile, just as a way to catch up and justify the existence of a Keenspace account. However, I wanted to do it as fast as possible, after all, as my good friend Joe once said to me, "Bob, why the hell are you drawing a stick man!?" I realize that there are plenty of people out there who will completely pass over a comic because it features a stick man character. I didn't want to take a weekly schedule while posting Sticky's comics, because it would be far too much to ask a new potential audience to wait a week for a silly stick man comic I haven't worked on in about two years. It is sad to me that there is so much stick bigotry out there though, because one of my all-time favorite comics is probably considered a stick-person comic. Admittedly, it was around long before the stick fad, and even now well transcends the genre in both art and the capability of the storytelling. You rock, Turbo!

So you know, there were many reasons why I was drawing a stick man even though I can draw better than that (which also seems to confuse and piss off critics). First off, he was an old character that I wanted to drag out of my archives and put through his paces. I never felt bad for killing him off, since he was made of single lines and circles. Plus, being lines and circles, it was really quick to do! I could bust out an entire page of Sticky in the course of an hour, ink and all! Not to mention, Sticky strips were plain ol' fun to do. It was a rambling story with no plot or point, so it was fun to try to puzzle out what would come in the next page. I used it to better hone my skills at producing a good narrative in comic format. I needed to work fast in order to learn fast, and thus I used Sticky. Without Sticky's help, I daresay that I wouldn't be at the level I feel I'm at now, and for that I'm grateful to the little guy and want to pay proper respect to him. Plus, I like Sticky, and think it's not a bad piece of narrative on its own. A bit dry, and not at all controversial, but it can't all be great! Fair is good enough for me.

Anyway, as of Friday I will start posting a story called Big World. This story, and most all those after it will have been drawn or re-drawn quite recently. I'm still in the process of tightening the pencils and inking Big World itself. So far, so good, but my drawing style is not exactly fast. Drawing all that cross-hatching takes time! I figure that I can safely get out two or three quality pages a week, given that I'll be working part-time and drumming up whatever paying freelance crap I can get, in addition to taking my time on drawing each page right. However, so that I don't promise myself into a corner, I'll only be posting a page a week. That way, I can get a nice backlog of pages to put out on a regular schedule, and not have to worry about doing any filler or cheap posts like that.

The first "issue" of Big World is twenty pages long, which will be spread out over the span of twenty weeks (fear my math skills!). My hopes are that I'll be done re-drawing and inking those pages within a few weeks, and I can move on to other projects that will come after this arc. Two Dollar Matinee IS an anthology, after all. (the word 'anthology' being Greek for "that's not filler, really!") There are other reasons for spanning this out over so much time, which are much more dastardly, but we'll slaughter that cash-cow when we come to it.

I'm pretty damned happy with the way Big World is coming out! I'd finished the rough draft of it over the course of three days several months ago. Everything just clicked, and it became the culmination of several storylines and characters that were floating around in my troubled mind. It was just right to put it all down on the page, finally. In fact, Big World is very much the prime example of what I want to do with Two Dollar Matinee. Namely, I really want to disgorge all of the accumulated stories that have been living in my mind for many many years. Some of these guys have been around in one form or another since I was in junior high school! However, I want to do this on a timely basis, like say over the next five years. That way, I can proceed to the couple of truly serious projects that have been waiting patiently to be done, but have had to vie for attention with all of the other noise in my head. Mind you, I think that everything I've got to do is serious! Otherwise, I wouldn't be devoting the next five years of my life to the likes of Frank & Vern, Captain Damnit, or Lewis in Space.

At any rate, if I really buckle down and get done what I want to do, I'll be moving on to more serious and long-term projects well before I'm 30, and then Two Dollar Matinee will be running at the same time as my other work! It'll be like duel realities! Spoooky!

Oh, well. I'm like a frikken lemur. And now, like the villain in a bad thriller, I've revealed my plans for world dominion! Mwa-ha-ha! Sorry for the rant. I'll be posting another in a few days, too!

To recap, Sticky gone for awhile (working on collecting an issue worth of his strips and printing it all up, for anyone who actually has a fondness for him) Big World debuts Friday, with a weekly schedule updating on Friday 12am from now on. The rest is unimportant to your immediate life...

Current Mood: pretty good
Saturday, October 9th, 2004
1:11 am
[bustermaximus]
So far, so good!
After having a couple of problems with my images displaying, I've corrected the code on both my index and archive templates. So, now everything displays properly. Now that the basics are looking pretty fly, it's time to get to work on the rest of the site. This is going more quickly than I thought it would!

Current Mood: accomplished
12:47 am
[bustermaximus]
Welcome to Two Dollar Matinee's LJ community!
Indeed, welcome! It's good to have you here! This is a place to go for all the latest in news from Buster's Funhouse Studio! and Two Dollar Matinee. Now, it's obvious that I've only created this community because I'm a total attention whore. However, I prefer to refer to it as "connecting with my readers!" So, let's connect! Got something to say? Love the comic? Hate it? Pretty indifferent? Well, if you're pretty indifferent, you're probably not taking the trouble to come here and tell me about it, huh? But if you're NOT indifferent, let me know what you think! I want to know!

As things happen in the realm of Buster's Funhouse, I'll be posting updates. If things aren't happening, I'll be coming 'round because I'm bored. You've been warned.

Right now, Two Dollar Matinee is updating on a daily schedule. This is mostly to clear out a rather extensive backlog of comic strips and ideas that have built up over the years. I don't know how long I'll be able to keep that up. Maybe I've shot my load a bit too early. If I figure I have sometime down the line, I'll slow my update schedule. But, for now, you're gettin' it daily, baby! Quantity over quality!

So, for now, that's it. Enjoy.

Current Mood: spiffy
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