Monkey Law, has sadly, gone the way of all flesh. Thanks to all who stuck by me for six sketchy, random years, and to all those who came aboard on the way. I will have a new project debuting shortly -- watch this space for details. In the meantime, here's a classic Monkey Law strip, chosen completely at random!


When I was growing up, I knew what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a writer. And I knew that I had to journey no more than thirty miles from my home and I could attend the country’s best writing program, the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa… just like Kurt Vonnegut. That last part was pretty important. I thought at the time that Vonnegut had been a student there; in reality, he was faculty. This revelation deterred me not.

My friend Dave claimed to have once encountered Vonnegut at a bus stop in Iowa City. I never found out if he was lying or not, but it did electrify me that such a thing was even possible. In high school my friends and I would quote Cat’s Cradle around the lunch table incessantly. He was the originator of yearbook quotes and catch phrases. He was the wampeter of our karass.

Vonnegut was a gateway drug, leading into Pynchon, Rushdie, Donald Barthelme, the whole gleeful postmodernist canon. I was hooked. I would write like these guys or die trying. I never managed it, and somehow never died, either.

I never really knew why I stopped writing… it may have been partially Vonnegut’s fault, along with all the others. The feeling that every book I wanted to write had already been written. Maybe that’s why I settled for comic strips. Every comic strip I want to write has been written, too, by Charles Schulz, but I’m not good enough to regret that yet.

It’s hard to hate him for that, though. He was too much of a hoot. I would look around for him whenever I was at a bus stop in Iowa City. With that friendly, wise twinkle in his eye, I imagined he could have been the cool grandfather I’d always wanted. Nevermind that he was only about a decade older than my father. Stranger things have happened when you’re unstuck in time.

Good night, Mr. Rosewater. Good night, Kilgore Trout. You will be missed. You’re missed already.

So it goes.


Late strip Wednesday

Wednesday’s strip will be delayed until Thursday. I got caught up trying to track down what seems like a bug in a user’s installation of stripShow and time got away from me. There will still be a strip on Friday.

No strip today

Hey everyone… sorry there’s no Monkey Law today. I’ve been working overtime trying to get the new version of stripShow out the door, and it came to my attention yesterday that it’s not at all compatible with the new version of WordPress. So I’ve put all my attention towards fixing that. There will be a new strip Monday, I promise.

No Monkey Law Wednesday

Letting you guys know ahead of time, Wednesday there won’t be a strip — I’m doing training at work, and my schedule has shifted to 8:30AM for the next couple of days. So I don’t have time tonight to write and draw it… Friday, though, there will be a strip.

The democratization of Monkey Law

As many of you may have noticed, this strip has been in a bit of a slump lately. While not strictly speaking on hiatus, updates have been sparse to say the least.

At present, I can’t even decide which characters to feature in the next storyline.

So that’s where you come in. Over on the Monkey Law forum I’ve put up a poll asking who should star in the next story. I will feature whoever gets the most votes.

While you’re poking around the forums, check out the other discussions. The SpinZone Forum is a great place to talk politics, or would be, if we had more people talking politics there. Join up and air your views today!

Lack of updates

Sorry about not having a strip for the last few days. I’ve been working on fixing some software problems on the SpinZone Comics site, and writing documentation for the final release of stripShow. Also there were a few things that have nothing to do with the internet. I promise to be a better monkey.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of Sugar Monkey to warm your heart.

Sugar Monkey says no strip today!