CUPS 32: A Toast

Thirty-two strips have come and gone in the CUPS saga. Thirty-two is not a remarkable number. It’s not a particularly huge number, nor is it a multiple of ten. IT’S NOT EVEN A MULTIPLE OF FIVE. So, by all accounts, the thirty-second strip of this comic is not something to comment on, but here goes:

Thirty strips is a bit of a ‘magic’ number, historically, for humor comic strips. Back when newspapers were where you wanted to be, you needed to have thirty strips done in order to submit to the syndicates. Nowadays, of course, with the internet, you could have a quarter of a strip done and put it online to share with the world, but that thirty number still sticks out in my mind as significant.

This strip is my favorite to date artistically, and one of my favorites in terms of storytelling as well. I think it’s a big deal, to me and the overall story going on, and so I’m making note of it. There have been some good strips in the last ten or so, and there’s some pretty fun stuff coming up, too. So, bit of a humblebrag happening here, but, you’re reading this strip and hanging out on this site, so you must be sort of interested in this stuff, too! I guess what I’m getting at with all of this is that I think CUPS is heading to bigger and better things than even I could have imagined when I started. Thanks for being here, you, you’re making the whole thing worthwhile.

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CUPS 31: The Cheeseburger Corollary

When you’re grilling burgers, always ask your guests if they don’t want cheese on their burgers. And then be sure to double check to make sure they don’t want you to steal money from their purse when they’re not looking. And then, to be absolutely positive, ask them if they aren’t completely certain they don’t want you to not make a move on their significant other. You will be the talk of the neighborhood. “He puts on the best party and should also hold a manners seminar” people will say.

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CUPS 29: Natalie Imbruglia

True story: Natalie Imbruglia came out with a new album like a month before I drew this strip, unbeknownst to me. I think the ‘Natalie Imbruglia as a very random but also very recognizable one-hit icon from twenty years ago’ joke is still pretty legitimate, even despite that fact.. Natty Im’s new joint somewhat may have blown the cover off of my quaint little joke, but… Shout out to Natalie Imbruglia anyway. Keep doing your thing, girl.

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CUPS 17: 6:45pm

Man, not sleeping is the worst thing. Have you ever just gotten back from a road trip, or had coffee too late in the day, or just torched some lines of cocaine and just not been able to sleep? I repeat, it is the absolute worst. When I was a young kid I had issues with anxiety. Not absurdly so, but I was a nervous little kid like I think a lot of little kids are nervous little kids. When I wouldn’t be able to sleep, though, that’s when I was the most anxious. If I wasn’t to sleep by a certain time I’d get anxious, and that would wake me up more and it would just be my own private hell, as far as that sort of thing goes for like 11-year old nervous kids.

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