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.
- White Hat
- A Book
- Alternative Outlets
- Spanish Prisoner
- King James
- Future Headache
- Lydia & Lani
- Pug and Puck
- Fake News
- Sea Monkey
- Gummy Teeth
- Moral Compass
- Old Fashioned
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.
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.