illustration friday: speed

by brandon as illustration friday — brandon Thu 13 Apr 2006 10:57 pm


I’ve totally done this.

It’s not gonna come as a surprise to anyone looking at cartoons that maybe their author wasn’t exactly an alpha male in middle school, and they’d be right looking at these: I was a nerd. But most all of us get our chance to shine in the asshole sun.

And really, when you see a seventh-grader board the bus, take a deep breath, and get visibly ready for a full-tilt run towards the back seat…

…I mean, I had people pull this crap on me all the time. I even had a little working empathy in me still. And I liked the kid! Seriously. Not a good friend, but definitely a non-hostile acquaintance. No previous hostilites whatsoever. (None after, I should add.) I felt bad the moment I gave into the temptation. I could see it coming. I knew I could not resist.

Foot out just in time. Total faceplant.




Darius Holbert, you can’t possibly be reading this, but please accept my apology for tripping you on the bus. Or maybe I apologize because of all the bad things I did in middle school (nerds don’t get many opportunities, but let’s just say nerds enforce the violence inherent in the system whenever they can, especially in 8th grade) it’s the only thing I still kind of laugh about. It really… was… perfect.


  1. Comment by manuela — April 13, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    i like it so much

  2. Comment by erika — April 14, 2006 at 4:23 am

    love this! the colors are so great. me = envious.

  3. Comment by Chad Baldwin — April 14, 2006 at 4:32 am

    Wow, you have got some great stuff here. Your style is great! I look forward to seeing more!

  4. Comment by Trisha — April 16, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    Fnatastic!!! sorry I missed it last week!! LOVE your style!

  5. Comment by Roz — April 19, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    Ha! Sometimes a little abuse is humorous. Love your work. I took a look at your illustration site, too–fantastic portfolio! I love the text box narration. Inspiring stuff.

    Thanks for the encouraging comments on my graphic novel intro. You asked how long it’ll be: I’m thinking of trying for a 28-page one-shot, with material for a series if it does okay. I’ve found it a hard sell though–weirdos say, ‘it’s too weird,’– so it’s on the back burner for now.

  6. Comment by darius holbert — July 5, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    Amazingly enough, I AM reading this. My publicist called me this morning, laughing her head off about something she found while doing her weekly internet searching of my name. Lo and behold, I just opened the link she sent and there’s a story about me getting tripped on the bus in 7th grade. I must confess that through either deep memory blocking or vast brain cell atrophy, I don’t remember this event at all. I’m sure it happened, I just (thankfully?) have forgotten it. Anyways, I like the cartoon. Good imbedded movement, somehow familiar. And I accept your apology.
    All the best,

  7. Comment by Damaris — February 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I thought cool kids sat on the back of the bus. 😉

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