Sometimes things just come to me and I have to get them down on paper right there and then. It’s the reason I carry around both a lined notepad and a sketchbook in my handbag, as well as making extensive use of the voice and text notes apps on my mobile phone. I don’t want to lose something that made me chuckle, or made me think “hey, that’s a brilliant idea for [something or other that I'm working on at the time].”
Today’s episode of The Life of Nob T. Mouse was one of those things that just came to me. Jennifer had put forward a story about Franky getting on Spam’s nerves by trying to help with his inventions, and getting sent on a fool’s errand as a result. While I was doing the laundry, the thought occurred to me that I should have Franky actually succeed in the fool’s errand, and at that point we had the punchline for the comic.
The end result is one of my favourite episodes of The Life of Nob T. Mouse, and that’s taking into account its 15 year run of comics, games and short stories. Jen likes the comic too, but something about this one is just really tickling my fancy. I think it’s the combination of the joke and me feeling like I finally got the facial expressions for the characters just right.
I’m still waiting on the new power supply for the MacBook arriving, so there is not vlog today. There is an episode of the Nobmouse channel however, so at least that’s something.
I’m looking forward to being able to get back into vlogging but without the autocue, the essay style that I’m going for on that channel just won’t work. Plus, I can’t edit Reading The Weird together to make a watchable show without the MacBook, so for now the whole channel is on hold. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long, because I have some fantastic stories coming up that I think will be worth watching.
Speaking of the shows, today’s major news story was the police in America (where else?) who killed a homeless man and claimed he had been “resisting arrest”, only for video footage to come out showing he did no such thing. I wanted to cover this in my video but I really could not have done the story justice. It is cases like this that make me want to go into criminal prosecution rather than contract or estate law because I want to see the kind of people who could attack a mentally ill man, and kill him for no good reason, punished to the fullest extent of the law. I get angry when I see things like this, and that’s why I didn’t cover the story in the show. I would not have been able to treat it with the calmness and delicacy that it requires because I wouldn’t be able to edit out the screaming at the camera that I would inevitably end up doing.
Philip DeFranco covered it, however. You can find his video here.