Comic: Lessons from “Congratulations I’m Sorry”

I’ve had a difficult last couple of months, but have also found a level of strength and self-acceptance that I didn’t think I had in me. For this comic, I’m using pop culture to explain some of this journey.

Link to “Jesus of Suburbia”

Comic: Polish Breakfast Playlist

After recently writing about my experiences in Poland 5 years ago, I decided to transform a Facebook note that I wrote shortly afterward into my more recently developed comic format. For music videos mentioned in the comic, see links below.

Welcome to St. Tropez

Champagne Showers

Loca People

Mr. Saxobeat

Sexualna” (Promo Video)

Party Rock Anthem

Key & Peele – “LMFAO’s Non-Stop Party

I’m Into You

Last Friday Night

Comic: Brand Identity Crisis

Summary: On going crazy trying to brand this site and Gig-Ready Jazz Bassist, deciding I’m NOT a brand, and developing my “anti-brand.”

As a bonus, here are some possible “anti-brand” projects in the works:

  1. Switching almost exclusively to comic format
  2. More “A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties” (Part 1, Part 2) and related series
  3. Converting some of my Sounds of Laughter materials into comics
  4. Covering a variety of topics – old favorites such as freelancing, instructional design, and yoga; and perhaps a few new ones

Comic: A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties, Part 2

Part 2: From “Beat It” to “California Gurls” – how hip-hop replaced rock as the incongruous element in pop music  For music examples mentioned in the comic, see below and “A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties, Part 1.”

Michael Jackson, “Beat It” 

Sample from “Beat It” Intro (starts at 3:30)

Run-DMC/Aerosmith, “Walk This Way”

Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls”

Sugarland, “Stuck Like Glue”

Comic: A Musical History of the Naughty Aughties, Part 1

As part of my branding overhaul, I’m switching back to full-fledged web comics about pop music and related topics. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – create a series about pop music of the “Naughty Aughties” (2000-2009). See below for YouTube links to songs/videos referenced in the comic.

Lady Gaga, “Just Dance”

Cascada, “Evacuate the Dancefloor”

Lady Gaga, “Poker Face”

Cascada, “Pyromania” 

Boney M., “Ma Baker”