Hello! As the year (finally!) draws to a close I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Rose comics that were the most read through the year! Step this way through the looking glass to see how it went!
I still feel this one a lot! There’s a local coffee shop that knows me by name, and truth be told I feel like they’re judging me even just a little bit as they get my banana bread and hot chocolate ready for me ahead of time. Am I that predictable? I guess so!
This one also guest starred a Patreon backer, as part of their regular rewards! Want to guest star in a Rose comic yourself? Head on over to my Patreon page and find out how easy it is!
Oh, this was a fun one to make! I am a big fan of Free Hits, so I’m just thrilled that I could make a comic to teach a whole new generation of people about the game that adds danger to every walk down to the shops.
(Note to any lawyers or police reading this: I am just kidding! Ha ha, what a kidder I am)
Also pinch and a punch for the first of the month is serious business in my house so watch out!
Oddly enough this was the first time I drew Dahlia in a Rose strip, I think this was before I decided she was going to be Rose’s bestie.
But I did know how much cheese means to Rose, as we will see later!
Have you had something with cheese in it today?
I have, it was great, it was a pair of bread rolls with ham, cheese, tabouli and grains, some tomato and a bit of corn relish for taste. I give cheese a big thumbs up.
And here’s the very first Dahlia strip! I’m glad she’s in the comic now, I always felt like Rose needed a bestie to bounce off of, and many of the other characters in this story felt a bit under developed so it’s nice to have someone I know she can continually try to beat-slash-enjoy. It’s a funny rivalry and friendship!
This one also has one of the funniest lines I remember writing: “He’s not funny, he’s middle-aged!”
I hope you like this one!
It’s a simple gag but I think it works pretty well.
And it also makes me think about pasta, so that’s always a bonus, because pasta is a great source of your daily requirement of pasta sauce.
(And when you have pasta you can have cheese on it – see, it’s like the circle of life or something!)
My pal Jay wrote this one, and I think about it a lot, because it’s funny and it’s also true.
It’s also a good example of how a joke transforms when it becomes a comic. I told a friend of mine about it before I drew it and she didn’t think it sounded funny at all, but after I showed her the finished comic she thought it was hilarious. Isn’t it weird how that works?
Also right now I could do just about anything for an apple pie but good thing I’m so lazy I can’t be bothered to get up off the couch otherwise WOW LOOK OUT, APPLE PIE HOARDERS WHO GET IN MY WAY.
AKA how to stretch a joke about Rose running out of phone battery over four or five pages.
I’m not a huge fan of this one to be honest, but people seem to like it, so what do I know?
I do know that the next time I write a script that involves going to a night club I should just delete it forever because that means drawing backgrounds and crowds and just ugh no thank you.
Stay tuned for the follow up, “Rose and Friends Stay In”
Definitely the silliest idea I’ve ever had for a Rose comic!
A lot of people have asked when Rose will get a boyfriend, or whatever, but the idea never really had much appeal to me because this is a comic about friendship more than anything else.
However, a strip about Rose getting married to (SPOILER) just made me giggle, so here we are.
But oh lord that wedding dress was a right pain to draw. It was based on what’s-her-name’s dress, you know, the royal one? Her.
Lunch is tricky business.
Obviously, many of you agree!
Also note to self, stop losing the script between the stage where you’re pencilling the comic and the stage where you’re lettering the comic because it turns out the script is super handy at the lettering stage!
Sigh. One day I’ll learn.
Finally, the most popular comic I’ve done this year is this little classic about cheese sandwiches! See how it all ties together?
I quite like it, especially the art in the first panel, this is one of the very few times where the final art even sort of approaches what I’ve got in my head.
So there you go! I hope you liked this trip down memory lane. What was your favourite?
(Oh, and in case you’re wondering – the least popular strip was this one…)