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Five Lessons in the Development of Successful Comics

In December 2005 I was 17 years old and consumed with being a cartoonist. My father knew Achewood was my favorite comic, and bought me the five self-published volumes of it that were then available for me as a Christmas present. He told me later that he had informed Chris Onstad that his daughter was an aspiring cartoonist, and asked him to give me some advice.

posted by griphus on Feb 22, 2014 - 12 comments

Welcome to the world of Achewood Court...

"For a decade and more, every waking hour of my life involved Achewood, trying to make Achewood great, trying to repeatedly find that elusive twist or beat or turn of phrase that defined it, to raise the bar I felt I'd set, every goddamned day..."
Here comes a special boy: 'Achewood' is back, but TV isn't ready - The Verge on Achewood's recent revival, the animated incarnation, and Onstad's personal struggles.
posted by griphus on Oct 29, 2013 - 55 comments

Easy on the fannel-cocking!

Yesterday, Achewood, Chris Onstad's beloved webcomic, returned after a year-long absence, throwing off "its droperidol-impregnated ticking shroud" and picking up with the adventures of Ray, Roast Beef, Mr. Bear, Lyle, and the rest where they left off in the current storyline, "Ray in Rehab". (Previously)
posted by Doktor Zed on Aug 10, 2013 - 73 comments

Everyday it's a-gettin' closer...

"I’ve been working with a team of artists, engineers, and producers to bring Achewood to life." - Chris Onstad, 2/24/13
posted by griphus on Feb 25, 2013 - 230 comments

Oh Christ and beans, man!

It would appear that Chris Onstad's critically acclaimed webcomic, Achewood, has returned from a hiatus which most assumed would be more or less permanent.
posted by gilrain on Nov 23, 2011 - 70 comments

It's this. This is the saddest thing.

"Another nagging idea which slowly grew from a whorl in the tub to a Pacific gyre was that, as I wrote piece after piece, it seemed like I was just imitating myself, if that makes any sense. I had always prided myself on not being formulaic (say, Monday jokes and lasagna jokes), so this presented a grave problem. I have always wanted Achewood to be something that didn’t exist before, including earlier versions of itself. ... Like a sparrow birthing a clenched human fist, Achewood must be reborn in strange ways over time to achieve this ideal." Chris Onstad announces an indefinite hiatus to the popular web comic Achewood. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Mar 21, 2011 - 137 comments

Balls-out Cuisine

A newspaper story about cooking testicles, featuring Chris Onstad, writer of Achewood. Also featuring an excerpt from his new Achewood cookbook, in which everyone's favorite Appalachian serial killer teaches us how to easily cook fried chicken. (Perfect fried chicken, previously on metafilter)
posted by Greg Nog on May 30, 2010 - 42 comments

Ray and Roast Beef get physical

Chris Onstad's online comic Achewood has recently gotten some semi-mainstream media attention: A Salon piece and an NPR interview with the author related to the publication of a print version of the ultra-violent epic The Great Outdoor Fight of 2006. The online version in its entirety begins innocently enough here. previously.
posted by longsleeves on Oct 7, 2008 - 74 comments

At this level, the market demands non-linear value.

Free Achewood tattoos. (In Oregon, till the end of September)
posted by 31d1 on Sep 27, 2007 - 32 comments

Lyle, July 2: pissed on side of house

New Blogs! No, I'm not talking about Michael Moore. I mean that Every Member of the Cast of Achewood (even Molly) has now started a freakin' weblog. Hell of pointless ambitious...
posted by soyjoy on Jul 6, 2004 - 34 comments

You can call me Ray

Ray's Place: Ever since Jeremias turned me on to Achewood back in November, I've been hooked. Some of y'all at that time objected to Chris Olmstead's drawing style, which is, admittedly, an acquired taste. Well, now in the interest of not doing as much work, he's given popular character Ray a weekly advice column, "Ray's Place." Bearing in mind that Ray is a self-centered cat with a swingin' lifestyle, this almost redeems the whole well-worn format of Internet advice column.
posted by soyjoy on Jul 29, 2003 - 22 comments

Achewood

Yes, it's another Internet-only comic strip But this one would never make it past the security guard at your local newspaper. It happens to be really, really funny, especially if you appreciate humor on the warped side. What are the other worthwhile comics that may be flying under the radar due to their "not quite ready for mainstream" content?
posted by jeremias on Nov 12, 2002 - 106 comments

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