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Blank Tape Comics: The Wendell Strips

by otterdisaster on Mon, November 24, 2014

Brain Teaser Comics is on hiatus due to a hard drive loss, and while I attempt to get that data recovered I've been digging around on backup disks to see what I still have.  I have mentioned on this blog before about my Doomed original web comic, that remains unreleased...until NOW!  Discovering I had 16 completed strips sitting there on a backup disk doing nothing, I have decided to let you see them between now and the end of the year.   Today I released Walk This Way the first Blank Tape Comic. I'll release them Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday through the end of the year...and the end of the strips.


Blank Tape Comics was conceived as a three times a week gag comic with a loose continuity. The adventures of Wendell Winger, a teenager in a small town trying to survive the late 1980s. It is admittedly semi-autobiographical and steeped in nostalgia. It didn't end up working for a ton of reasons, but I learned a great deal while working on these strips. I hope you enjoy them. Looking back at them now, I like them well enough, even knowing that in a lot of ways they could be better.  Each strip comes coupled with a music video that matches the strip's title, part of the original conception of the idea. This was to add additional content to each strip, as well hopefully be a conversation starter for the comments.

With all that said head over to Blank Tape Comics and take a look at what a failed and ultimately abandoned web comic looks like!

Brain Teaser Comics is Going On Hiatus

by otterdisaster on Wed, November 19, 2014


Today's strip 'Sixth Sense' is the last Brain Teaser of the year.  Sometimes we agonize over decisions we need to make, looking at pros and cons, and analyzing all the factors. Sometimes decisions are made for us. Brain Teaser Comics going on hiatus was a decision that was made for me. The main drive on my workstation where I color, caption and store all my finished strips became unbootable and unaccessible. Foolishly I had not backed up my work in about 8 weeks.  ALWAYS BACK UP YOUR DATA!

I usually maintain a buffer of at least two weeks, and had a handful of finished strips that were not yet uploaded when this catastrophe struck. This means today's comic was the last finished strip that was also uploaded to the site.  I will have to redo the strips I had previously finsished as well as redoing about 20 published strips if I want to have them in high resolution. That is a fair amount of work, and I'm still in the process of moving and adapting my workflow to my laptop, installing sofware, etc. The one upside to my process is that all of my line art is done in traditional pen and ink and can easily be rescanned.

There is still some hope that I can recover the data from the drive, I should find that out by the end of this week, and hope that is the case.  All of this happening with the holidays looming led me to the decision to put the strip on hold until I know whether my data can be recovered, give me enough time to rebuild my buffer and start fresh after the New Year.

Thanks for reading Brain Teaser, enjoy a safe and fun holiday season, and see you in January!