A lot of my comics are kind of weird, and would make a lot more sense if I could just explain them a little.
Others have little details or sub jokes that aren't very obvious that I want people to notice. So, I decided
to make an annotated strip archive, where hopefully all your questions can be answered. I'm not done yet.
Fall Semester, 2000
Back 2 Skool
I was a little dissappointed with this one, because there was a lot I wanted to do
with it that I didn't get to. It's not really clear that little kid Chappy is taking the other
kid's lunch money, and I wanted to draw the teacher as a ninja, a different one from the ninja professor.
also, I don't think it's clear that Tatanya isn't going to school because all her pencils are the
inferior number three variety, rather than the required number two.
The inspiration for this one was a camping trip I went on right before I drew this. We drove
up to Colorado, slept in bear-resistant sleeing bags, built fires and cooked our own food.
It was a lot of fun, so I wanted to draw a comic about it. I figured Chappy would probably
have a hard time building a useful campfire, despite his pyrokinesis.
Ninja Professor again
Theoretically, Chappy should have different professors every semester. It's pretty unlikely
that you'd get one guy every single time. But I wanted to stick with the ninja professor, so
I made this strip to justify it a little. In the first panel, Chappy's shirt says: "Avada Cadavera",
and in the last panel, his backpack has spikes on it, just like mine. The ninja technique
thing is totally extraneous, I just wanted to play around with drawing shadows, and the professor hadn't
done any ninja-ish things in a while, so there you go.
The name says it all. For the benefit of freshmen reading the strip for the first time, I drew a
very short character review so my readers would be able to follow the comic.
Addendum to the review
And... I forgot Scary Larry in the review, and I felt bad about it, even though he isn't real...
so I drew this one to make up for it.
The third only color Irritablity strip ever
Coloring is not one of my strong points, and I think this strip exemplifies that. I like the first panel,
but in the second, I used purple for the haze hat outlines them, when I should have used black.
That looks pretty bad, I think. As does the blue-white-yellow gradient I used in the third
panel. I should have used clouds of dust for the background.
Tatanya gets a job
Uhh.. There's not much to say about this one. If you'll notice, this and the color one are
part of the "Beat up Chappy and Exoth Inc." storyline, in that they establish that both Tatanya
and Beireia are looking for jobs.
Beat up Chappy and Exoth Inc.
For jobs, it's always best to do something you love. I also think that some sort of organization
to hold those two accountable for all the trouble they've caused would inevitably form.
This is the longest storyline In Irritability, since it also includes the "Beireias's Quest"
Chappy reveals his strength
You should never tell your enemies what your weaknesses are, but you should never tell them
what won't hurt you either. I didn't have anything for Tatanya to do or say in the last panel,
so I just had her throwing up the deuce. By the way, the Javelin antitank missile Beireia has
is a real system. It's made by Raytheon, and it's fire and forget... but you don't really
care, do you?
Exoth narrowly avoids death
It's very difficult to get the better of Exoth, the only effective way is to use his self
destructive nature. If you can see, Exoth is flipping them off in the monitor in the third panel.
I wasn't sure if everyone would know what a Beadazzler is, so I'll explain here. It's this dumb
thing they have ads for on really late night TV, it puts beads on to fabric, and costs $49.95,
presumably. Also, I like how Exoth is quite clearly NOT a tarbaby in the first panel. If you can't
read it, Tatanya's shirt says "kick me". The reason she can't just change her shirt is because
she doesn't have any. She wears her dad's shirts.
Death of Head Leg
The point of head leg is to be a frankenstein's monster sort of creature, leading
a cursed life full of suffering and anguish. He's a character that I sadistically heap
misfortune upon. Universally despised, and possessing an almost worthless body, I thought giving
him a meager lifespan would top it all off nicely. But I ended up bringing him back.
Mardak, Dark Pigeon of Chaos
There actually was a dark pigeon of chaos on campus once. Just by looking at him, you could
tell Apocalypse was right around the corner. So I drew this comic.
Raised by Otters
My brother gave me the idea for this. We don't really have an eating area in my apartment, so
I just put the plate on my lap and sit in a chair. But that time I was in the recliner, almost
lying down, so I looked like an otter, apparently. (Otters eat by putting clams and such on
their belly and smashing them open with a rock.)
+3 Brutal Mace of Craftsmanship
I got Diablo II shortly before this. I like the first panel because it's implied that Chappy
did something embarassing, but we have no idea what it is.
The Next Soccer Superstar
I remembered that in soccer you can only hit the ball with your feet or your head. That makes
Head leg the ultimate soccer player, since he has none of the weaknesses of other players.
His memories carry over, that is, head leg II has all the memories of the original head leg
who died of not enough organs.
I don't know what I was thinking with this one. I thought it up when I was half asleep.
"This is hilarious! great!" I thought to myself. Now I just think it's weird.
Robot's dying wish
It seems like you can't make your final, dying wish be "not dying". That's cheating. In the second
and third panels, I drew Beireia wearing that nightgown thing, and it looked awfully skanky to
wear out of doors. So I decided she would be in her room about to go to sleep when Exoth came
in uninvited to tell her his stupid story about what a bastard he is. That's something he'd do.
The reason for this is hard to explain. Somewhere on the internet is this weird kid's webpage
with sound files of the weird prank calls he made. One of them involves him pretending to be
"Master Shredder!" The desire to do a comic with master Splinter in it comes from that. The
comic is really just a frame for that.
Pigeon Extinction Plan
Pogeons are awful creatures. In seventh grade or so I did a report on homing pigeons and
learned all their endearing and useful qualities, and I still hate them. I had gone on a dove
hunting trip a few days before I drew this, so I had been acting on a pigeon extinction pIan of my own.
I didn't think of the third panel until the last minute. I think it's a pretty good ending.
Bugs can talk
I like the idea of some animal species waiting patiently for thousands of years for human civilization to
bridge the communications gap between them. Then, when the fated day comes, they give the
statement they've been preparing all this time, and it turns out to be just a stupid goddamn
pun. I like stupid goddamn puns.
Crabs can talk
This comic, and the bugs can talk one, are based on T shirts my 12 year old brother has.
I guess he likes puns, too.
Sherrif Amoeba speaks
I don't really have an excuse for this. I was running late, and I needed a comic that would be
really easy to draw, and this fit the bill quite nicely. The sarcastic clapping is from a
SNL skit, the sarcastic clapping family.
This series is my favorite so far. I like that it only pops up once every week, and you don't
see Beireia in the other four of the week. I also like Indiana Jones, I guess it shows. The
sword at the pawn shop is Soul Crusher, from Lodoss War.
Also, this is yet another comic with a last minute third panel.
Looking back at this one, Ionil and Chappy are acting like mother and child, especially how
she can predict his actions completely. I guess it's not hard, considering his level of tactics.
For a while, I had planned on having the Bananas be a relatively normal family, with Chappy
as a corrupting element of insanity. That kind of broke down with the 'Ionil Banana's Flashback'
series, where it was revealed that they too were pretty much nuts from the very beginning as well.
Tatanya has a serious problem with correctly gauging her enemies' ability. Really, even if
Chappy HAD fallen for the trap, would having a cardboard bo dropped on him really have given him
any trouble? of course not. In the second panel, I tried to make him look kind of embarrased
that someone had really tried that old trick, but it didn't come out too well.
Someone once asked me why Chappy didn't go into some sort of professional sport, even though
he could totally dominate almost any field he chose to enter. This, and the wrestling one,
derive from that idea. Also, even though I don't like to involve current events in the strip,
I thought I ought to at least mention the olympics. Notice how, in the ancient Greece panel,
the grrk guy looks like a statue, and Chappy is wearing ancient-type clothes, but definitely
not ancient Greek-type clothes. By the way, Null-O is from a Phillip K. Dick short story.
Exoth can cook, as well. He is such a great chef, that he can bake antimatter, using only
flour, eggs, and sugar! Most people need huge particle accelerators. The bald kid is "Henry"
from the comic strip of the same name. Pretty much every one of that strip was about Henry
stealing a pie from a windowsill, so I figured he'd be the perfect culprit.
Beireia's Quest II
This one was incredibly hard to draw. That armor takes a long time, though not as long as it
did in Beireia's Quest III. My brother had a Godzilla cigarrette lighter, (a cigarrette lighter
shaped like Godzilla, not a lighter of Godzilla cigarrettes.) and I remember thinking that an
ancient civilization would see it as a miraculous artifact. Also, in RPGs, I often question
the reliability of information that the characters just accept unconditionally. That wise old
man might not be so much "wise" as "senile", as was the case here.
Here we have exoth just making up outrageous lies for no good reason, again. The cyborg skull he's
trying not to talk to is an actual product available for sale. And, for those interested in the
back story behind Irritability Exoth actually was married at one point, back before he was evil.
Fake plastic fangs are cool, but it's even cooler to put candy corn on your teeth. In an
unrelated incident, the symbol on Chappy's shirt is the mark of a sacrifice to godhand in
Berserk. Gatts and Caska have it branded into their flesh.
One demon bug is better than two!
I really can't explain this one... I was thinking about demon bugs because the true form of the
spear Beireia weilds in the Beireia's quest series is a shape changing insect demon. Some of
its forms are weapons. Does anyone remember Mr. Rogers, from Mr Rogers' Neighborhood? With the
trolley and everything?
Call me lazy for using the same panel twice, but it was a really difficult panel to draw. Exoth's
extra-bubble comment may seem strange, but don't cicada's sound like they're taunting someone
to you? nnnnnnnyyyyeeeeh nyeh nyeh nyeh! they say.
Skate and/or Die!
Skate or Die was an old skateboarding video game. With Chappy Chappy's method, you can do both!
Beireia's Quest III
Finally, Beireia's glorious return. I just noticed that you can't see Chappy's left hand in the third
panel. I guess he's feeling her up without even thinking about it. But since she's got a full suit of
armor on, he can't be having much success.
Live to fight another day
I meant to have the batteries missing from the destroy the universe remote a long time ago, as I was
starting to annoy even myself with that gag a while back. It's not too noticeable, but in the second
panel, the sheriff amoeba's eyes are similar to Exoth's. And the escape pod is very similar to those
in Dragon Ball Z. The dragon ball manga is a lot better, by the way.
Beireia's Quest Concluded
Bluffing doesn't always work, even if you can do it well. I'm pleased with Beireia's armor, particularly
the shading on it. If only I had shaded the entire suit rather than just a few plates. Plus,
the stabbing looks akward, since it seems to be going in at an angle, and is not even centered.
Snid Kicks Ass XIVXXXYZ
Okay, I admit this one is just because I was really pressed for time, and needed a strip that I
could compete in less than an hour. (they usually take me 3 or more hours each). Snid isn't even
my character, he was created by my brother's friend about seven years ago, or so. For more
information, consult Seven.
Based on a true story. A friend of mine was giving a presentation, and some guy came in and ate their pizza.
He then left without listening to the presentation, then he came back in the middle and took some more.
He even had the audacity to come back and ask if he could take some home after it was over. So, I was
asked to draw a comic berating his behaviour. My friend was pleased with the result, I hope it
was vindicating for him.
Explosion week I
Why did I do this? I know I was thinking something.... I guess I wanted to have a theme
week, but didn't want to spend more than 15 minutes thining about it.
Explosion week II
I lost the original for this one. I left it in a scanner at school, like an imbecile, and
someone made off with it before I could go back and get it. This is the best of the explosion
week series, too. Not much of an honor, mind you.
Explosion week III
I've said all I have to say.
How to impress girls
See, the joke here is that this is NOT the way to impress girls. Chappy's eyes look weird in
the third panel, and he was supposed to be saying something in the second panel, and his shirt
doesn't say anything. All the little screw ups in this one are centered around Chappy, how odd.
I kept getting messed up by daylight savings, it even screwed me today, months later! My own
fault, of course, for not setting that one clock back.. anyway, I like the art in this one
a lot. I think I've done too many alcoholic type jokes, I don't even drink all that much...
Also, the third panel was weak, there were a lot of jokes, but none of them were particularly
good, and they did not work well together.
The "Brain Virus"
This probably could work, in theory. It would be impracticable, however, since you would need
intimate knowledge of the inner workings of your victim's mind, and each virus would have to
be custom tailored for each individual, and any random occurance that happened during the execution
of the virus would throw it off, or at least have to be factored in... but still!
A character recap probably would have been helpful here, but I've done so many of those, and I
really hate recaps. Anyway, I had been meaning to introduce a number of other characters from
the back story of Irritability, but this guy is the only one so far. I'm glad he got voted for.
Chappy's time machine
It seems it would be reallly easy to fake time travel in a comic, that's why I did this. I wanted
to give Chappy a big curly moustasche as a disguise, I forget why I didn't. Maybe there wasn't
enough space for a label. Also, I'm glad I got to use Victor Banana. He was such an important
character in the story, and now he's so... not.
The consequences of skipping class
Again, I didn't want to use a professor other than the Ninja Professor. This year especially,
Chappy and company just haven't been going to class, this comic kind of addresses that. Look
at the Professor's shirt. I ran out of 10% formatt a while ago, and this is the result. It
seems that formatt has gone out of business, I haven't been able to get any, no matter where
I look. Recent comics are shaded in the "cyber realm" of my computer, with photoshop.
Exoth's subordinates complain
Whenever I have to draw Robot working, I'm at a loss as to what he should be doing. What kind
of grunt work goes on in an evil genius' lab? I'm pretty pleased with the art in this one. It's
kind of hard to see, but in the third panel, head-leg is emitting sound waves, like a bat.
The inspiration for this one, of course, is that commercial where the woman stops the tidal
wave with one square of bounty. When I saw that, I thought "they don't REALLY do that." which
is, of course, true, but also irrelevant. Anyway, I guess I could have spent a bit more time
on precipitator's design, but I find character design difficult, and precipitator is supposed
to be dumb. Just look at his name. I'm slightly pleased with the water in the third panel, as
it doesn't look like total ass. However, I don't really think it looks too good, either. I
think I made it too dark, or not regular enough. Oh well.
Olen, my roommate, thought this one up. he kept bugging me to do it, and I finally did. I couldn't
think of a picture from the internet to put in the third panel, obviously I couldn't use porn
like I said I was going to. I eventually just drew that stupid blob-thing, whatever it is. If you
were hoping to get an explanation for that, sorry. Even I don't know. this sort of thing is
becoming a little too common.
You can be a hammer brother!
Beleive it or not, this actually is one of my career goals. If cartooning falls through, and
the Molecular Assembler proves unattainable, I want to wear a big turtle shell, get a bunch of
hammers, and start throwing them at things. Another option is the "Wild 'n' Krazy" Taxidermy
studio, in which I would combine the corpses of various animals and stuff them. I want to see
a wolf with vulture wings, and a snake coming out of its mouth, with the eyes lighting up, and
making noises and such. It'd be cool. Oh yeah, and this comic and stuff. Notice the mario star
on Chappy's shirt. It's not the first time he's worn it.
Public Service Announcement
I thought it was kind of irresponsible of me to encourage the consumption of mushrooms, so I
had Chappy explain the need for caution in consuming fungi. I'm not aware of any poisonous flower,
so I told people to eat flowers and shoot fireballs. It really works, too. You can trust me.
By the way, this is supposed to look like those NBC "the more you know" things.
Ionil Banana's Flashback I
Time for some discontinuities. If you're an attentive reader of Irritability, you'll remember
that Chappy and Victor said they had never met when officer Death brought them together. Well,
they were lying. I'm starting to make the Irritability comic match the Irritability story, and
this bit is part of that, hinting at the questing past of our heros.
Ionil Banana's Flashback II
Likewise, more RPG stuff. In the story, Ionil Banana has really bad memory, that hasn't
manifested in the comic until now. It should be obvious that nothing she said ever happened,
especially not the last part. Notice that we have backgrounds in each panel. I suppose that
means I'm maturing as an artist. That I'm taking the time to draw boring things like beds and
chairs that, while not as fun as characters, add depth to the picture as a whole. Or maybe I
had some extra time that day.
Zombies are cool, and Explosions are cool... therefore exploding zombies should be not just
cool, but awesome... maybe even radical! However, as Robot points out, a large group of expoding
zombies is easily dispatched, making them much less scary, which means you give up a lot of your
zombie appeal. This one was pretty easy to draw.
I don't know if I made this clear, but I realy hate Austin traffic. Not that I ever LIKE traffic,
but in Houston, and in Galveston, the drivers at least seem to exhibit the same motivations
and logic processes as normal human beings. Here in Austin, however, they're like bad guys
in some 8 bit video game, with movements that are either random, or indicative of a complete
willingness to lay down their lives for the cause, the cause being making me either
late for class or dead. Exoth's feelings in this comic closely mirror my own.
It looks like Robot is becoming a talented inventor on his own. I would imagine a telepathy
machine would be difficult to make. An STM of course, is a scanning tunnelling microcope, a
device that can look at and move individual atoms. I had meant to say some things like "If
he doesn't know that I know what he's thinking.." but there wasn't enough room, and the comic makes
that much less sense. I guess it doesn't really matter.
Suit of Armor
Here's another RPG ish joke. Any time I play an RPG where you can equip "T shirt" and "Cool Jacket"
and the like, I always start wondering what kind of defense I'm getting out of MY clothes. Should
I wear the jeans, and get more defense, or the power pants, to increase my strength? Also, the
salesman in this comic is supposed to be black, but you can't really tell, I don't think. It
would have helped if I had used some screen tone, but screeen tone on people usually just looks
like some skin disease.
A Crazed Mongoose of Flavor
My roommate didn't understand this, but it seems as though everyone else did. Chappy's unusual
phrase is a takeoff on the superlative comments satisfied consumers make in some food commercials.
(like there's a party in my mouth, and everyone's invited!) although Chappy's seems a lot less
appealing. This is another one where I had no idea how it was going to end, all I had when I
started was the first panel. I'm actually pleasd with this ending, though, for once.
The Bananas Vacation
One day, when I am rich and mighty, I am going to build a castle, with a dense forest surrounding
it, the Forest of Peril. The forest will be filled with genetically engineered monsters that
carry around gold and herbs and such. If they are killed, a small speaker implanted in their body
will play the Final Fantasy victory music. So anyway, this is where Tatanya wants to go. That
"you used that excuse when I wanted go to Florida" bit is the closest I got to making a florida
election joke, see, Victor was implying that all those people fussing about chads were horrid
beasts. Though I doubt you'd get any GP from killing them.
To be a Sullen Youth
At first, I was going to have them smoke in order to be sullen. Since Robot knows how to cure cancer,
the points against smoking decrease significantly in their case. There's still emphysema, and
I didn't really want to encourage 13 year olds to smoke, regardless of how it fits into the story,
so I threw that out. Again, there was no third panel joke, so Exoth just comes in and gives
his unwanted two cents. I'd be displeased with that, except for the martini he's holding. That
makes it all okay.
I think this is one of my best comics ever. I like every panel, It's fairly well drawn, the
characters are not just standding around, and there are a bunch of jokes. Beireia's closing
line is pretty weak, but by now I've accepted that as a given. Notice that Tatanya exclaims
"a beautiful specimen!", like the crocodile hunter. I couldn't tell you where the idea for this came
from, other than I was half asleep when I got it.
"Head Leg hasn't suffered much lately." I thought one day, and drew this comic. It's three
panels of Exoth torturing the poor bastard, ostensibly in the name of science, though what
catching him in a bear trap is supposed to prove is beyond me. This comic actually has a
strong third panel. I finally did it! All in all, I'm very pleased with this one as well.
Silver and Gold
This is the "Christmas Special" comic. On the subject of keys, I'm always pissed when video
game characters run into a locked door, and give up just like that. "Well, I can kill a dragon with one punch,
and shatter this door effortlessly, but I think I'll look for the key instead. I like a challenge."
Even in Resident Evil, when you have Jill, the self-proclaimed "Master of Unlocking", she often
would be thwarted by some lock or another. I just wasn't impressed by her effort.
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