The name

The name of the comic comes from my cousin, who works at Walgreens. She’s created a backronym for the CVS in CVS/pharmacy: Closing Very Soon.

It’s such a great name that I decided to use it. And if you don’t feel like writing out Closing Very Soon, use the official abbreviation: CVS/comic.



In April 1999 I was in fourth grade at NCS. As often happened, I got bored in class. As occasionally happened, I had time to draw. But this drawing was different—instead of drawing something stupid like a car, the odd desire to draw a comic was realized in that moment, and I drew one and named it Huh? (If I ever find it, I’ll scan it, and you’ll see where the name came from.)

It wasn’t a very good comic-volume.

What a euphemistic sentence. Permit me to rephrase: The comic-volume was horrible. The characters’ bodies looked like boxes with arms and legs, and there were no backgrounds until the last panel, where one was chasing the other. I showed it to Ryan, who was in the comic-volume alongside me. I can’t remember his reaction, but I’m sure it was neutral, since I didn’t consider drawing the comic again until the first semester of fifth grade.

The second comic-volume, creatively titled Huh or No?, wasn’t any better than the first. One might be able to argue that it was worse than the first, but I’m convinced that both were of equal, ahem, “quality.” I don’t recall showing that one to anyone, but I could very well have shown it to Chris or Josh.

More time went by, and by June 2000, I was living in Davenport, FL. That summer went by sans comic-volumes or drawings, and before I knew it, it was sixth grade at NCA. In November or December 2000, I was one of the two chosen to debate the Electoral College and the now-infamous 2000 election. The night before the debate, I put all my material in a folder. I grew bored, so I drew some stick figures on the folder. But these stick figures were different from most people’s idea of a stick figure. These stick figures’ heads were solid; their torsoes weren’t connected to their heads; and their limbs were disconnected from their bodies.

Daniel and K (for Kramer) liked the stick figures, but nothing happened with the stick figures until January or February 2001. I rediscovered that old folder and showed it to D&K, who soon drew imitations of my stick figures. They also began drawing little death comic-volumes—comic-volumes in which stick figures would get smashed by a cannonball or sliced by a laser—using my stick-figure style. I figured I’d join them, since I had no other use for my style. That fad died off probably in March 2001, and nothing happened until summer 2001.

I went to stay with my grandparents in June 2001. During lunch they would listen to Rush Limbaugh, and it drove me crazy at first. After a few days, I learned it was okay to listen to “news.” Remembering Huh?, Huh or No?, and my stick figures, I also figured that I could draw comic-volumes after I finished my food. So I, um, did. Almost each day I drew a comic-volume after finishing whatever I had for lunch. Except for one or two, the comic-volumes weren’t funny at all (I can only think of two funny ones that I don’t care to reveal, as I’ll probably use one or both of them in the near future), but at least the style was much improved.

I should note that while remembering Huh? and Huh or No? did inspire me to draw the summer 2001 comic-volumes, neither Matt nor Ryan made appearances in them. The stick figures, however, did—but now the stick figures had a name: Stickdudes. The comic did not have a new moniker—it was still called Huh. When I flew back to Florida, I stopped drawing the comic-volumes. I was busy again, and I had no ideas.

When seventh grade started, I switched from NCA to HJH. There, I met Nathan. Nathan, like I and almost everyone else, was infused with a great sense of nationalism.

Sometime during the first few weeks of seventh grade, I told Nathan I drew comic-volumes. He had a few ideas—ideas involving al Qaeda, Afghanistan, and Algore. These were actually pretty funny, whether one supported the U.S. or not. These comic-volumes were what sustained the idea of the Stickdudes: Since I couldn’t (and can’t) draw actual people, I mainly used the Stickdudes—though I occasionally used bodies with silhouetted heads to represent the al Qaeda guys. The Nathan-Matt comic-volumes continued sporadically throughout the first semester, and in early 2002, I developed a sense of humor.

In January and/or February 2002, I created a superhero for the comic, one to appear whenever I felt like: Can-Man the Lardy. Because he was corpulent and flatulent, I had material that could actually be funny! But I only drew two or three CML comic-volumes, pretty much wholly due to laziness.

In February 2002, I drew what I consider to be a classic comic-volume of mine. It was actually funny. Imagine that! Something of mine was funny. My brother, Mr. T, still laughs about it today. I won’t disclose the comic-volume, though, since there’s a good chance I’ll find it and be able to scan it. During the rest of 2002, I was actually rather inactive in terms of the comic. Nathan had no ideas, and neither did I.

In early summer 2002, I created a new character: Mat. (So sue me; I was bad at names.) I took drawing classes at The Art Room from late summer to Thanksgiving. The first was a short comic class. In this comic class, I used Mat in another sort-of-hilarious comic-volume—which I again shall keep secret, as there’s a good chance I’ll upload it. The second class was an anatomical drawing class. I learned the basic drawing shapes of the human body. The third and final class was a character design class. I learned how to detail characters.

The Art Room classes kept me busy for the rest of 2002 and all of 2003. It wasn’t until August 2004 that I drew another comic-volume.

The first “return” comic-volume featured the ever-awesome Can-Man the Lardy. From August to October 2004, I drew several comic-volumes, featuring Matt, Ryan, Baldie, Mr. Tell-Me, Jonny, Dan, the MoS, and the Stickdudes. (All except for Jonny and Dan had been created at some point in my comic’s history; Jonny and Dan were drawn on a notecard in 2002 out of—you guessed it—boredom.) There were two (minor) characters added: Steve and the store manager.

With this colorful cast, I figured I was set. Occasionally using ideas from Josh, I thought I was unstoppable. But in October I realized that I had no way of sharing any of these comic-volumes with anyone: I lacked a scanner. Accepting this, I gave up on the comic.

But boredom finds me often, and it found me on January 9, 2005. I decided to draw a Jonny & Dan comic-volume, featuring J&D talking about how I’d brought the comic back. It wasn’t laugh-out-loud hilarious, but that didn’t matter to me: I had finally finalized my comic’s style. The characters’ bodies were well-defined and cartoon-ish. I continued drawing the comic until March 2005, when I again realized that I had no way of sharing the comic-volumes with anyone. I again gave up.

In August of 2005, I decided that I was going to start the comic again and use someone else’s scanner to get it online until I got my own scanner. Since the neighbors had a scanner, I used theirs. Unfortunately, it took me about twenty minutes to get the comic-volume scanned. Their computer was locking up. But instead of giving up, I went on hiatus. I was intent on returning to the comic once I had the money saved up for the scanner.

I got quite a bit of money for my birthday and Christmas, and on last Tuesday, January 24, 2006, I ordered a Canon CanoScan LiDE 60 scanner from Page Computers for $70. (I’d spotted a similar Canon at Circuit City in May 2005 for $85–90, but at the time I lacked the money.) It arrived a week later on January 31.

And here I am today—back from hiatus.

The February 3, 2006 comic-volume was actually drawn on September 3, 2005, about a week after the August 2005 comic.

The official history was originally featured in this entry.

CVS/comic was officially put on hiatus on Friday, April 21, 2006. It was officially taken out of hiatus on Sunday, June 18, 2006. It was dormant for practically two months.

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 3:02  Leave a Comment  

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  1. Great job guys… Thank for you work…

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