Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lamington Drive

I have something I want to share with you, but it's giving me small waves of anxiety doing so. I've started a comic strip.  Actually, this thing kind of started over ten years ago. I had the idea and inspiration, but have been too scared to properly put pen to paper. A lot of scribbles in notebooks, but never anything final. What if it sucks? What if it's not as good as it sounds in my head? What if people hate it?

Blah blah blah. Shut up, brain.

Anyway, I've made a tumblr site for it, and am finally getting the ball rolling a bit.  I just finished my fourth strip this morning.  The basic premise is these two kids have moved with their parents, from the city to the country, and.. er.. hilarity ensues.

I'd love you to read along, if you feel the stirring in your waters to do so. And ps, thanks heaps to RodeoClown for encouraging me to get moving.


Karen said...

It looks great Ben! And I think I can see some Peanuts inspiration in your characters there....

I think you have to start somewhere, once that ball is rolling it will develop a life of its own :)

AY said...

Starting is half the work! I've bookmarked it so will be checking for updates :)


Pedro said...

Nice drawrings mate.

RodeoClown said...

Awesome work!

Tasmanian said...

Love it! Our family has been exhausting our collection of Calvin and Hobbes, and I know my children will be desparate to keep checking Lamington Drive to see what their new friends are up to.

Deb said...

Actually, I'd already signed up to the feed when Nathan outed you on his site. Great work!

Ben McLaughlin said...

Thanks very much everyone:)

Andrew said...

Hi Ben,

Already in my google reader, so I can keep updated. It looks like it will be fun (both for us readers and for you in creating).

One thing about the new Tumblr blog, it seems a bit hard to find the individual links for cartoons, so we can link to it. Is it just my computer, or is this just part of the blog theme you chose.

Otherwise, really looking forward to it (and also watching how your blog personality from Vanishing point comes out in the comics.


Tasmanian said...

I had told my husband that you were writing a comic but hadn't told him the title. Then two days later, I sent him a link with no explanation to what I was linking him too. He read the whole thing, thinking, "yes, but how do I order the lamingtons? And who are we raising money for?" After a few minutes he realised the reason I had sent him the link was not because kinder was having a lamington drive, but that the new comic strip I mentioned was called Lamington Drive :)

Ben McLaughlin said...

Andrew- thanks for the feedback mate. Yeah the template has issues.. It's the one I most liked visually, but it's pretty basic and has frustrating things about it..

Tasmanian- that's funny! I should sell lamingtons on the site..