Going the Distance


We’ve been posting four days a week consistently for the better part of two months, and as I look through the stats and such for that period (being the webmaster and all), I can’t help but notice one thing: Nothing posts on Tuesdays.

We’ve got M-W-F covered with our blogs, and every other Thursday is a new episode of the show, but … Tuesday is a barren wasteland.

Not anymore.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll introduce a new feature to the At the Buzzer website called “Going the Distance.” GtD was a concept started a few years ago when our college paper was in need of a filler comic strip to replace someone who had abruptly left. At some point I had seen a similar idea on the interwebs, so a friend and I formatted it for strip purposes and a star was born.

In Going the Distance, our main character, “You,” has to manage to make his way to delicious cake. Sounds simple, right? But there are deadly spikes to deal with, and a host of other problems that appear each time. Let’s just say You fails more often than You succeeds. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a quest if You could just get cake whenever You wanted, would it?

Here’s an example of what our basic template strip looks like:

Click the image to enlarge.

The basic idea is that you manipulate the base image here and show You’s attempt to get the cake. Maybe he tries to send a fishing rod through the spikes. Maybe he does a Mission Impossible trick from the ceiling. Maybe you mess with the frame of the strip itself. You’ll see an example tomorrow for what these ideas can look like.

And the best part is that we will also include submissions from our readers. As the template above says, you can put together your own strips and submit them to run on our website. We’ll give credit for anything you send our way.

You’ll probably notice that you don’t need a ton of artistic talent to put this together (trust me), so it’s more about taking a good idea and running with it. Hell, you don’t even need to be a Photoshop whiz — Paint can do the job quite nicely.

The first strip will appear tomorrow at noon, so you can get an idea of what a finished product looks like. New strips will be posted each Tuesday from that point on, be it our own comics or ones that you’ve sent our way. Stay tuned!

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