Commentary – Freshmen Orientation

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As you go through the Freaks N Squeaks archives, you notice that year 10 is weird.  It’s not finished art.

A funny Freaks N Squeeks comic by the Marvelous Patric about freshmen.

This is because all of those strips originally appeared as part of Ugly Comics, my year-long sketch project.  Once upon a time, I quite doing FNS to do a different strip called Fun Factory.  But after 5ish years of that, I felt like my creative output was meh in terms of quantity and quality.  I wanted to get back to doing a comic a day, but with my new family and job and all that, the only way I could do that much was if I did a sketch comic.  Thus, Ugly Comics was born.

There were a lot of different types of comics in Ugly Comics, but it also featured the return of Freaks N Squeaks.  The first story simply involved Ginny and Janis helping at a freshmen orientation.  Is it high school?  College?  Uh… yes no?  I was at this point where I had aged the characters and then I wasn’t in love with that.

A funny Freaks N Squeeks comic by the Marvelous Patric about a creeper.

Okay, so that comic just makes me laugh.  I wanted to make a creepy character who was basically harmless but just didn’t know how to behave in public.  You know.. a person.

A funny Freaks N Squeeks comic by the Marvelous Patric about being moist.

At this point, Janis is engaged to Pierre.  I think she’s still engaged, but it’s not something I really have addressed in the new series.  Being engaged makes her feel more collegey, but I knew girls in high school who were engaged too.  I really need to deal with that.

A funny Freaks N Squeeks comic by the Marvelous Patric about a pre-med student.

I also did a head-fake with the idea of adding a new core friend.  A lot of long-running series run out of ideas and try to add a character who’s like an extreme version of a different character.  I only add characters organically.. like if I have a joke and it makes me laugh.

A funny Freaks N Squeeks comic by the Marvelous Patric about a social butterfly.

But, it wasn’t meant to be.  Who knows, maybe we’ll see Brianna again someday.

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