Every now and then, I find OSNews a tad bit too serious. We get carried away over quite a few things – insignificant things mostly, in the grand scheme of things. For a while now, I’ve been trying to find a way to relieve the tension on OSNews, and I think I may have found a way how. The only problem is – you need to like it too. Read on.
Often when I post newsitems, jokes about those very newsitems pop up inside my head. Since OSNews
is tries to be a serious news website or blog or whatever you want to call it, I generally discard those jokes and move on. They are not even that funny anyway.
Until now. I wondered, hey, what the heck, what would happen if I actually found a way to present these jokes to our readers, without hindering the newsitems themselves? Since I am a huge fan of User Friendly and Cyanide & Happiness, I pondered; why not create some sort of OSNews webcomic?
There are a few problems with this one. First, I cannot draw. Really, I really cannot draw. Second, seeing I am a huge fan of UF and C&H, wouldn’t that open the door to blatant plagiarism? After giving it a go a few times, I realised both problems were not insurmountable.
Who cares if I cannot draw. It is not as if the guys behind C&H will win any serious drawing contests either, so there is no need for me to become my country’s next Rembrandt. And yes, whatever I do with this comic thing will inevitably be influenced by UF and C&H – but heck, I only just started this thing, who knows how my own ‘style’ might develop.
Without further ado, here they are. They are all drawn using what I call a topline pen, and then scanned using my trusty CanoScan Lide30. The style is beyond simple, and my handwriting is, well, good luck with that one.
eComStation 2.0 RC4
XP Service Pack 3
XP on the OLPC
So, the big question that arises from all this: do you like this? Should we, OSNews, think about continuing this, and giving it a permanent place on OSNews? I enjoy making them, that’s for sure.
A few things remain, though. I am not at all sure how often a new comic should come out. I am also not sure that if all this goes through, that I will continue making them ‘by hand’, ‘in real life’, using a4 paper, a pen, a scanner, and Paint.NET. If people like it, I might move to using a tablet or something like that, who knows. Additionally, we need a name for this comic. The best suggestion gets a lifetime OSNews membership.
Feel free to comment.