ColoredComics.com features multiple comics by Derrick Johnson; Toadyhog, is about an 8 year old girl and her strange green friend. The Super Senior explores the exploits of habitual college slackers. Random Acts of Boredom are random comics, some in the vein of non-sequitur humor that on occasion feature reoccurring characters.
Updates Three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Why the name Colored Comics?
It’s alliterative (i.e., Coca-Cola, Bugs Bunny, Peter Parker), thus making it easy to remember. And all of the comics are fully colored, unlike the dailies seen in newspapers. But there’s also the aspect that it is a play on words, all of the comics feature predominantly African-American/black characters/people of color.
But isn’t that racist?!
Why are there so many comics/characters featured on one page? Why not focus on one character?
I like variety. I grew up watching shows like Looney Tunes and Anamaniacs–y’know variety cartoons. I don’t feel like my focus is splintered amongst my ideas, if anything the variety allows me to express my ideas through any given character when inspiration strikes.
Well, how can I find the character that I like? When can I expect a comic featuring one of my favorite characters to be updated?
All comics are presently “tagged” below the comic itself, with Keywords to help you navigate to the archives of your favorite character (if they are reoccurring.) I am presently still in the process of transferring all of my comics archives from their previous sub-site, the link is on the left of the page.
As for when you can expect a comic featuring any one character, I cannot guarantee when any one character will be featured. I aspire to feature at least one of my three feature comics (The Super Senior, Toadyhog, Random Acts) a week on any of the given update days (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Sorry.
So when do you update the site?
I update a new comic every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On occasion though, I may not do an update on any given day and just have a blog post instead. On some days the comic may go up late. And on days where inspiration does not strike, I may not update for that day–I strive for quality over quantity. But any planned or unanticipated events that may not allow me to update, would be noted in the blog.
How long have you been making comics?
Since 3rd grade, give or take, with a few periods of inactivity. But I’ve been publishing comics on the web here at coloredcoimcs.com since October 2007. And previous to that I had a brief stint in my college newspaper, Towson University’s Towerlight, from November 2005 to May 2006. My run ended upon my graduation.
Have you ever been published in print in a national forum?
Not that I know of. I hope not, because if so I haven’t gotten the check!
Do you aspire to be syndicated in a newspaper?
Given the state of newspapers and the contracts that most syndicates offer, it is not as enticing as it probably once was years ago. So outside of the vanity to point in a paper and say that’s me, no, not at this time.
Do you sell your comics?
Not yet. I am in the process of sorting through files between drawing time to put together a collection for print. Once I have something to sell, the option will be available on this site.
Additionally I am considering selling prints of individual comics.
How long does it take you to draw a comic?
It can vary. If it’s just a 3-panel vs. a “Sunday” sized large comic. But probably two-three hours on average. Coloring, is usually the longest part for me.
Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere. I could see a commercial, I could have had a conversation. Inspiration comes from all around but typically just my own imagination run wild. I try to avoid any ideas that seem too familiar, like using a gag from a tv show or movie; it’s cheating and the thing about pop culture is it becomes dated very quickly. (Have you watched Scary Movie lately?)
How can I get in contact with you?
I can be emailed at email@example.com or if enabled, you can post a comment under a comic or in the blog section. I approve all comments so if it’s more personal in nature I would respond accordingly and not post the comment. Or via Twitter, @internetderk
© 2005-2011 Derrick Johnson, Colored Comics and all of it featured comics and characters therein, unless noted otherwise.