I was digging for something to read on the messy bookshelf next to my computer Friday when something caught my eye that seemed out of place. Just from the tiny portion that was visible, I could tell it was one of my comic strip master drawings I made back when I drew ESN The Comic…. but I kept those all in a folder, and made sure to add the latest one as soon as I scanned it to my computer. Why was this one loose?
That was immediately answered when I noticed the date I had signed on it…. 9/21/17, or September 21, 2017 for those of you who read dates backwards. I knew the final strip I drew was dated September 14, 2017 (but posted on September 21 because I was a week behind at the time). Apparently, I had gotten started on the next strip… but hadn’t even gotten around to scanning it to my computer during my “weekend” of the 28th-29th. Before my next days off rolled around, my original computer I bought when I moved here in 2009 would bite the dust on October 2nd… and the combination of being now two weeks behind, not having access to my beloved old school MS Paint program, and just general disinterest in the tedious process involved anymore would officially kill off the beloved strip for good.
So for the lost Comic #282 of 9/21/17, all I have is this….
For the life of me, I can’t piece together what the idea was just from the blanks! And that pisses me off!!!!
I can tell I had set it in Mecca’s break room, as Lil, ES and Robbie (L-R) can be seen sitting at the table, with their boss (who was called…. The Boss) standing behind them. They’re obviously collecting money for something, the boss doesn’t like what he hears (the “triangle” in the second panel I believe was to be three speech bubbles) and goes on a lecture that makes the other three groan. And then the boss cheerfully digs in his wallet as ES and the gang seem to relent about… something. Argh! What was on my mind at the time!?!?
You can also see how little detail I actually drew on paper. Most of the finer details (Like the trio’s work badges, Robbie’s glasses, and the lines that strayed too far) were always added/deleted/cleaned up in Paint. New Paint and Photoshop couldn’t do clean lines without artifacts, which is why old Paint’s loss was the biggest blow in my continuation of the strip.
But, there’s something for your boring Sunday morning. A lost piece of Evil Squirrel’s Nest history! And sadly, an unfinished one that will likely remain an unsolved mystery. And if you were interested in how I drew these comics, check out this post from 8 years ago!