As you go through the Freaks N Squeaks archives, you notice that year 10 is weird. It’s not finished art.
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.
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.
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.
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.
But, it wasn’t meant to be. Who knows, maybe we’ll see Brianna again someday.Get 5 ebooks for $1