Future Nostalgia

Twenty years ago today, with a broken arm and a free Tripod.com account I uploaded the first four pages of my webcomic, Breakpoint City.

Artists tend to shun any of their work older than a few months, and for comics artists you *especially* pretend anything you wrote as a teenager never existed. But I look back at those early days of Breakpoint as a really pivotal moment. I didn’t know it then, but starting this comic sparked my entire creative career.

Breakpoint was a high school graduation project, which led to pursuing a degree in design, which led to landing a job working in kids media and games. All the while, Breakpoint was both a passtime and a place to experiment around with any new ideas or creative tools I came across. Animation, 3D modeling, even some games here and there – the multimedia aspect of the comic kept things interesting for me. The extra bonus was making friends all over the globe who happened to stumble upon the goofy adventures of Waffledog, Zaltor and the rest.

Real life put the brakes on Breakpoint, and I have left this place pretty dusty and dormant for too long without much of an explanation. Some people have suggested doing a reboot, and while yes, this is my terrible high school webcomic, there’s a certain charm in trying to keep a story going that you started as a kid in all its ridiculousness. Breakpoint City’s never been about being serious. These characters and world have a very special place in my weirdo brain, and I hope I can one day go back and conclude their story – even if I’m the only one still reading.

In the meanwhile, I have been thinking of a return to comics, but enough time has passed that maybe it’s most interesting if I started fresh with a whole different story and set of characters. When that time comes I’ll share it with you here – for now, feel free to follow me on the usual channels. Thanks for a great 20 years, and I look forward to much more in the future!


Blog: All wings report in!

July 24th, 2011

Hey again, group — it’s been a while! After a couple of rough months, I’m really excited to be back behind the drawing board once again. I hope it’s okay if the first few comics back are Waffledog episodes… they’re my favorite to draw!

Speaking of Waffles, The Nolans had a pretty rad storyline revolving around our favorite canine wünderdog. Check it out!

Blog: Fan Art Fiesta

January 26th, 2011

A toupée-wearing, sophisticated Daniel Q. Dog makes an appearance in the latest Cats in the Kitchen! With a lady friend no less!

Greg Gillis sent in this flipping awesome piece of cardboard artwork a while back. Very impressive- I’d love to see a whole comic done in this style! Although I don’t know how many pizza deliveries and/or Amazon.com purchases that would take to get the supplies.

Breakpoint City turns 10

June 30th, 2010

Today marks the ten-year anniversary of Breakpoint City. Can you believe it?

Here I was on your typical badly-designed Tripod page. Yeah, remember Tripod? Oh yes, there were animated GIFs. I still remember uploading the first few comics before heading off on a family vacation (protip: if you’re starting a webcomic, always post more than one comic the day you start!)

That fall, I somehow convinced my teachers that building a cartoon website would qualify as “community service” for my high school Senior Project. In retrospect, this was not hard to do. I think someone got away with modifying their car for graduation. I quickly joined up with Keenspace (now ComicGenesis) and started drawing comic after comic, logging my experience all the way. The project was a success, I graduated high school, that was that.

But some projects refuse to die.

I kept it going in college. I think my whole time at RIT was just an excuse to learn new things to put into Breakpoint City. 3D graphics class? That ended up in the comic. Animation? Programming? Into the comic it goes! Practically my whole syllabus is somehow represented in the BPC archives. Breakpoint was this great, creative testing ground between classes– and I didn’t have to worry about writing an essay at the end of it.

So, one decade and some 474-odd comics later, here I am still doing my high school project. It’s a work in progress. It’s still not done. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for reading; now let’s keep going!

…Although man, I totally missed out on customizing my car.

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