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Steve Ince, freelance writer and game designer, posts thoughts and comments on these two meaningful aspects of his life.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Charlie the Intelligent Custard

I've just posted another in the series, The Life and Times of Charlie the Intelligent Custard.

I'm not sure it's quite working as well as it could do, so I want everyone to help. If you have a great idea for something Charlie could be thinking (keep it short and pithy) then drop me a line and I'll put it up and give you the credit you deserve. You will keep the copyright for the text and I'll e-mail you a high-res version in case you want to print it out. Send as many or as few as you like. If I get plenty of suggestions sent to me I'll do an update every day. If I get tons of great suggestions then I may update even more regularly.

You can send my your suggestions here: steve at steve-ince.co.uk (obviously tweaking the address so it makes sense).

If you're an artist and want to draw your own version of Charlie, then please do so and I'll post that on the Charlie pages, too. You will keep the copyright for your image (though the overall copyright on the character remains mine) and use it on your own site or how you see fit. You must remember, though, that the point of Charlie is that he is just custard and having him singing and dancing won't quite fit with that. Unless, of course, your idea is so brilliant it makes perfect sense.

If you have any other cool ideas of how to have fun with Charlie (remembering that he's custard) then let me know. Let's make this a great joint venture.

If you want to keep up with what's happening with this and my other comics and cartoons, you can always follow me on Twitter.

I look forward to receiving all your great Charlie ideas.

Edit: Of course, anything that's abusive or of a very questionable nature will not be considered, but I'm sure that common sense will prevail.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

New Mitchell cartoon

This morning I posted the fourth of my new Mitchell cartoons. I'm currently updating on Mondays and Fridays but may increase this in the new year to three times a week. I currently have ideas written down for about 40 cartoons, which will keep me going for a little while.

I've also been updating Story to Nowhere regularly and the latest episode can be found here, which is episode 66.

Mr. Smoozles continues on its regular weekly updates with art still done by my talented friend, Stefano. The changes to reality seem to have taken hold.

I also started posting another new "cartoon" - The Life and Times of Charlie the Intelligent Custard. Still exploring this idea at the moment.

I hope you enjoy them all.

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Mitchell - new cartoon cat

Another idea for a cartoon cat forced it's way into the now-cramped cupboard-under-the-stairs that is my mind and being fired up about the look of the character and the fun I can have with him, I've already posted the first cartoon online.

I hope you enjoy his exploits. Please tell me what you think.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Mr. Smoozles - the reality change

Yesterday I posted the latest Mr. Smoozles strip. Obviously, this is still early days, but you'll already see that there's been a big change. I'm clearly not going to reveal my plans for the strip because that's tied up with the ongoing story, but I'd like to know what you think of the changes as they have more of an effect in coming weeks.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Mr. Smoozles strip

I just posted the latest Mr. Smoozles strip.

It looks like the picture is clearing after the reality change.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Story to Nowhere reaches 50!

I've just posted the latest Story to Nowhere episode. This is the 50th episode and it seems that I've reached this minor milestone very quickly. Although the 50th episode coincides with a very powerful moment, I didn't design it this way as I'm not thinking ahead as I create it, taking each one as it comes. This has thrown up a few small surprises for me along the way, but this is how I want Mike's story to develop. Hopefully it will be more true to life this way.

If you want to start reading from the beginning, the first episode can be found here.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Story to Nowhere updates

I've been updating the Story to Nowhere pages on a daily basis so far. How long I can keep this up I don't know, but I'll continue with this schedule while I'm able. The first strip can be found here and the latest one here.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Story to Nowhere strip 3

A further update on Story to Nowhere.

I also updated Mr. Smoozles yesterday.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Story to Nowhere strip 2

I thought I'd follow on quickly with the second strip to get a little momentum going.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Story to Nowhere

Story to Nowhere is something new. I wanted to create something that was quick to update, in terms of the art and writing and something that I wouldn't write in advance. For each "episode" I will create the art and then write the words to fit. It will grow more organically than my previous "strips" and has a more serious theme for a change.

Please let me know what you think.

Although I've done ten "episodes" so far, I'm not sure how often I'll update. Maybe three times a week, but the schedule may be eratic.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mr. Smoozles - Strip 300

I've just posted strip 300 of Mr. Smoozles. Many thanks to Stefano for helping out since strip 229; he's added a lot to the general feel of the strip, particularly on this alien world.

I'd also like to thank everyone who visits the site and reads the strip for the support you've shown. Without you guys reading the strip it would be pointless creating it.

Here's hoping the next 300 will be just as much fun, if not more so.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Mr. Smoozles - Approaching 300

My online comic strip, Mr. Smoozles, will soon reach the 300 mark, which is a pretty good achievement, but one I couldn't have done without the valuable help of Stefano.

We have something a little special lined up for strip 300 and then we build on that over the coming months. Please be sure not to miss a single instalment.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Factor Fiction Press

Factor Fiction is run by Jay Eales and Selina Lock. They produced an excellent small press print comic called The Girly Comic and have now decided to take it online. They are currently running the short story, Domestic Dispute, that I illustrated a few years ago, which was written by Jay. Although I look at this older art and cringe at a few things, overall I still think it works pretty well.