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Start of update begins here: http://www.bomango.net/comics/2772609/cats-unbagged/
WRONG VOWELS, DUDE.

The boys do indeed have the whole day to themselves, and what a day it’s gonna be :D

Thanks again for your patience and readership, folks! The day‘s just beginning!

- van
VanHeist
April 6th, 2019
My friend’s dad always asked that question. “What’re YOU boys tearin’ apart t’day?”

We also often rode bikes, so in a way, this is a very autobiographical comic.

- van
Sorry for the extended gap between updates! I held off on posting until I had three new pages in the bag, so hopefully the wait’s paid off a little more handsomely...

If Gogo’s going to casually open the bag and let the first wave of cats come leaping out of it, technically she could do worse than Hector. Still awkward, though. It’s one thing to be secretive, but it can be real frustrating not being able to neatly articulate WHY you didn’t tell your friend about the super-cool thing you saw.

- van
VanHeist
March 20th, 2019
In fairness to Stepmom, Pablo ought to know that he’s a little peculiar-looking, and that strangers might not instantly accept this gracefully.

...but still, that lady crazy.

Okay, remember how I just suggested a page ago that Cora May might have a somewhat ambivalent attitude towards her stepmother? It’s possible that it’s SLIGHTLY more antagonistic in nature, but the important thing is that you don’t need to worry about Pablo, because he got out of there safely.

-van
VanHeist
March 20th, 2019
Meanwhile, Pablo is out on the town, doing mysterious things that only Pablos can know, and so we find ourselves at Cora May’s house, where those things include greeting the nice lady coming home from her morning jog.

I’m going to bend the rules of “show rather than tell” here, because it doesn’t really need to be a mystery: the easily-spooked woman here is Cora May’s stepmom, and our little purple princess’s attitude toward her is such that...well, if stepmom is freaked out by little blue creatures, it at least makes breakfast interesting.

-van
Aaaand part three! (here's part 1 if you just got here: http://www.bomango.net/comics/2759848/new-old-friends-1/ )

As anyone in almost any field of production, creative or otherwise, can attest, you often put a lot of time and effort into something that’s wildly disproportionate to the time and effort it takes to consume it. Something as simple as a quasi-vaudevillian sketch like this looked like peanuts when I wrote it up and laid it out in thumbnails, but after a couple of days spent working on the actual pages themselves and pushing back the ETA of completion a LOT farther than I initially estimated, I have to admit, comic work can be one hell of a slog—even when you love doing it.

I began yesterday with one page in the bag, and figured I could knock what was left out of the remaining two by early to mid afternoon. By 10 pm, I was only just getting to the shading and highlighting, when it finally occurred to me that there was upwards of 40 individual character drawings with comparatively few repetitive shortcuts for me to have taken in rendering them. (Thank God for that restaurant counter, fixed camera angle, and lack of full body drawings or detailed backgrounds). It took longer to do this short scene than it did to render several pages of Gogojira in battle.

Mind you, I’m not complaining. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of doing this, but there are times when I’m slightly overwhelmed by how much I can miscalculate the potential workload I’ve made for myself. (I’m sure you other artists understand the feeling all too well). The amount of time you spend on something can also skew your own perception on the work itself. Spend enough time crafting a joke, for example, and after awhile you can begin to wonder if it was ever even funny in the first place (same goes for drama, action, etc).

But anyway, I do love this scene, regardless of whatever amount of work it took. It’s not truly a classic “who’s on first?” routine, of course, but sort of the same spirit, and if you’ll allow me to flatter myself, “Thank you, Hector” is personally one of my favorite panels I’ve come up with in recent memory. This whole scene felt to me like the characters found a real groove that hasn’t quite happened yet in this story. I’m really pleased with it, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!

van
Part two of three (almost there!)

- van
Part one! (more elaborate commentary at the end, heh)

- van
VanHeist
February 21st, 2019
I think that's enough syrup for now, don't you?

- van
VanHeist
February 13th, 2019
Same old thing...as soon as you get a little money, it goes right towards debts, am I right? HAHA

PANCAKES!

- van
VanHeist
February 4th, 2019
Remember this important lesson, kids: never give in to peer pressure unless there’s money in it.

The trio of regulars applying said pressure to sweet, innocent Gogo are Bill, Larry, and Todd; the “House BLT”, as it were. Blue-collar local yokels of the sort that can stretch breakfast into an hour or two of lingering at the counter, nursing cups of coffee and watching life’s rich pageant unfold around them. Happily for them, life’s unveiled a horse of a different color today in the form of an apparently bottomless stomach sitting a few seats away.

This fact is also apparent to the bystanding Fishers. Gogo may be rather expensive.

-van
VanHeist
January 29th, 2019
Aaaand we’re back!

Okay, maybe it isn’t the most explosively dynamic way to get back into the swing of things, but breakfast gives you energy for LATER stuff, so PANCAKES!

Thanks for waiting, by the way! Sorry for the hiatus!

-van
Only moments ago, she was putting the burn on colossal beasts. Now she's marooned in some desert with no kaiju in sight.

Absolutely nothing further can possibly come of this. The End.



...for now.

- van
Whew!

Sorry for that there delay again, folks! I ran into some problems with my old (legal) copy of Photoshop not wanting to function properly, and, long story short, spent a good deal of time getting back to "regular" functionality here at HQ.

At any rate, remember how Gogo came to town a couple nights ago? Well, the desert is hardly right next door to Andy's neck of the woods, but Gogo's not alone in making explosive entrances.

Stay tuned!

- van
This sequence of story was one of those instances where I thought I was more or less settled on how this particular conversation between Andy and Gogo ended: on page 120, which was going to be the “end” of the first leg of the story. However, Levi pointed out that Andy hadn’t asked the rather obvious question about Pablo yet. Andy would certainly have gotten around to it—I’m sure he’s got PLENTY of questions for Gogo—but now it did seem strange that he’d save this one for later. So now we’ve popped THAT can of worms about “Papa”, hehe

It was also bugging me a little bit that we introduced the idea of Gogo “staying” with the Fishers somehow, but we didn’t really indicate where Gogo was going to be spending this particular night. The thought of Andy inviting Gogo into his apartment would definitely have been fun, but it also would’ve extended into more of a scene than I wanted to make of it, and I couldn’t easily see Andy taking on the hassle of explaining the situation to his mom, either. So I settled on the “sleeping out on the porch” idea as a simpler solution, safe in the knowledge that Gogo isn’t one to balk at sleeping outdoors, and setting the scene for this little bit of epilogue.

Of course, this all leads to one MORE question from Andy, and just a LITTLE more follow-up before we FINALLY move on. Stay tuned! (and sorry about the wait, hehe)

-van
FINALLY! Sorry about the wait between updates!

- van
Originally, my intent was for this to be the final page of "Book One" of Bomango, before jumping into the next chapter. While it's possible that may still be the case, I may instead tack on a slight bit of epilogue ahead of officially declaring this "THE LAST PAGE".

Either way, this is no ending, because now that we're more or less all good and set up, it's time to finally get a little NUTS :D

- van
My apologies for the lull between updates! Between a short holiday out to Minnesota for a few days and the excitement of midterm elections, I've been adrift for a little bit there.

ANY-hoozle…

Things are getting a little more chummy-aggro here on the roof as the parameters of friendship begin to be explored!

- van
Gogo's being kind of nice about it, but Andy's got a point.

As you can see now, the entire point of this story is to present a scenario in which people from Wisconsin are interesting in any way that doesn't involve cheese or the Green Bay Packers. It turns out that in order to do that, you need to find a hybrid monster-human from another dimension who's never even heard of the place.

Now that's taken care of, and we can move on.

- van