BARK & GRILL

The neighborhood critters flock to the Bark & Grill to discuss whatever neighborhood critters discuss. Whether it’s a Boston Terrier talking about UFOs, or a tabby cat angry over the males in her life, they’re all chatting it over at the Bark & Grill.

Bark & Grill is a comic strip I developed for syndication. It’s interesting to note that this comic was 1. not meant for anything other than a fun, little side project, and 2. basically an extension of my comic Pubbies.

Below are the strips I sent off for syndication. I realize they’re not of standard size and, if you’re curious as to why, I’ll give more details at the tail end of this page.

Without further ado… here’s Bark & Grill!

#1 – MORTALITY
#2 – HERO HAT
#3 – DUMBEST
#4 – BLUEBIRD
#5 – RUSH
#6 – ROBOTICS
#7 – GHOST
#8 – A BOOK
#9 – ALTERNATIVE OUTLETS
#10 – SPANISH PRISONER
#11 – REJECTION
#12 – KING JAMES
#13 – VAMPIRE
#14 – AUGMENTED
#15 – FUTURE HEADACHE
#16 – BUTTS
#17 – ESOTERIC
#18 – ZOMBIES
#19 – WANDA
#20 – LYDIA & LANI
#21 – PUG AND PUCK
#22 – FAKE NEWS
#23 – TUNNEL
#24 – EYE
#25 – HISTORY
#26 – LASERS
#27 – SEA MONKEY
#28 – SNAILS
#29 – MAGIC
#30 – MONK
#31 – STOIC
#32 – GYPSY
#33 – GUMMY TEETH
#34 – MORAL COMPASS
#35 – SIMULATION
#36 – GUILT
#37 – JAM
#38 – OLD FASHIONED
#39 – TWIN

As promised, here’s the reason why I have not sized this comic in a standard newspaper comic strip size.

I had decided to start drawing comics again after a long hiatus. I thought it might be fun to make them in a square format, so that I could post them on Instagram. I had some Bristol board, 14″ X 17″ which I could cut in half to be 8.5″ X 14″. I thought it would be best to trim that down to a standard 8.5″ X 11″ in case I wanted to keep them in a portfolio of sorts. That left a little trimming of 8.5″ X 3″. I stacked those on the side of my desk, not wanting to toss them.

When I worked at MAD Magazine, Sergio Aragonés would submit his Marginals on these little slips of paper. I thought that was a good use of little strips of paper.

I used these little strips of paper to draw a simple comic (as mentioned above). I didn’t measure anything out, just drew them up.

This is the first one I did.

I figured that, if a syndicate wanted to pick me up, they would ask me to redo them in a standard format. No syndicate has picked it up… yet. 🙂

If I decide to continue with this property down the line, I’ll do them in a standard format. Until then, here they are, in all their not-so-standard glory.

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