Thursday, January 3, 2013

Magical Man-Birth (or The Art of Collaboration)



Hi, folks. A Happy New Year to you, one and all.* Today’s post is inspired by a comment we received last week. Specifically, someone wondered what it was like sitting in Bryan’s living room the writer's bullpen as both of us collaborate together on new story ideas. Some people might call those meetings “the creative process,” but we like to think of them as “a mildly legitimate excuse for midday drinking.” Whatever you want to call it, here’s a peek at a typical brainstorm session…
*Except for my neighbor Donnie, you hyperflatulent son of a bitch.














And there you have it. The entire magical creative process of ABftS revealed, at last. Was it everything you’d hoped for? Are we really just half-insane alcoholics operating under the thinly veiled excuse of artistry? You be the judge.

And also, thanks again to everyone who bought a copy of our newest novel, “The Sensationally Absurd Life and Times of Slim Dyson.” If you would be so kind, please leave us a quick rating over on Amazon. Whether it’s a good one or a bad one matters not. They all help us in the ranking algorithms. But remember, Bryan is a sensitive guy, so don’t be too harsh. When enraged, he’s prone to urinating from his third floor balcony onto passing suburbanites.

Cheers and stay classy, folks!

B&B

Beer: Goose Island IPA (NY defectors)
Music: Watermelon Slim

38 comments:

  1. That's a lot what it's like when I write my posts...only I'm alone, talking to myself, and jacking myself off rather than an invisible butler!

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  2. Hahahah I steal old panels of mine all the time. It's not lazy; it's resourceful!

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  3. Not to be crude (oh yes it is), but why ever break-up with a girl who has a walrus mustache? Aside from kissing, it's like having a 1970's porn vagina on a face. Did I mention I have a crush on the beret wearing guy from "Mythbusters"?

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  4. ...Yeah, why IS he jacking off his invisible butler? Somehow it goes how I thought it might. I've had conversations like that myself. I'm not really sure how to feel about that. Probably bad because an epic novel never came from them.

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  5. First of all...I have questions...when you say half-insane are you talking about each of you are 50 percent off kilter or are one of you 100 percent nutso? Just wondering.

    I admire Bryan's ingenuity to steal from old archives. If he was really lazy he would just steal off of someone elses drawings. That way he would never of had to draw the original. So technically he is only half-lazy.

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  6. I'm really diggin' Brandon's chest hair, and I'm assuming a 5 o'clock shadow.

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  7. Your process is "disturdbing"- but brilliant. Happy New Year guys!

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  8. Wow. It's like seeing the mind of God at work . . . . I am not worthy.

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  9. Dang, got the email reminder to leave your review and ignored it. I'll do it later...no, really, I will. Probably.

    I can only imagine the process of brainstorming between the two of you. I'll bet this is exactly what it's like with even more disturbing gems tossed about.

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  10. Now we know! And a truly awe inspiring process it is. But I'm a little disappointed that there is no naked wrestling involved. For some reason I thought there would be naked wrestling. Or maybe just hoped!

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  11. I always like seeing them reuse animation in cartoons and being able to recall where it came from.

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  12. Actually, your 'creative process' is perhaps less wild and more sober than I would have imagined. But I'll drink to it regardless!

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  13. You guys are off the wall...I'm just sayin'

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  14. Here's one for you: this guy I knew in college kept a big jar full of toe nail clippings. Seriously. He even took donations, but he wanted only toe nails, so he had to watch you clip your toes before he'd take them.

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    1. Oh my gosh, can I just jump in and say that is one seriously twisted dude! Donations? Of toe nails, holy crap that's SO nasty.

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  15. This really made me laugh guys, this is definitely how I imagine the process to be as well haha, there's nothing wrong with reusing panels either haha, like the other guy says it's definitely resourceful.

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  16. "Cat barf hairball logs..." Ha! Is that what those are called?

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  17. LOL well I never would have guessed any of that in say 10 seconds, more than that maybe haha dogs and poo what can you do.

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  18. But reusing old pictures is so much easier than drawing new ones!! Glad to get a peek into the 'creative process' though - thanks for sharing!

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  19. You have an imaginary butler, too?! That's fantastic, as is your creative process. Mine is somewhat similar, but between me and my dog, who I speak for. I've been MIA for a long time, and I'm happy to come back to ABftS and see a post like this! Love it.

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  20. Can you ever really steal from yourself? Unless it's dignity.

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  21. Well then, I'm just not sure what to do with that.

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  22. Wow, your "creative sessions" are oddly similar to my writing partner and mine. Great mines think alike...

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  23. The pub (The Great American Pub!) is where I think up most of the ideas for that novel that I will never actually get around to writing. My drunken pal and I always exclaim to one another how awesome our ideas are and then drunkenly waddle home and sleep away all of the ideas.

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  24. Our collaborative writing process is practically the same right down to the part about doing it in Bryon's living room. That part of it has been hard since it means we can only write when he's not home or when he's sleeping.

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  25. That's a lot more organized (and fun) than any brainstorming process I've ever attempted, so kudos on that. Also, congrats on another novel fellas!

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  26. I'm glad I wasn't the one to ask. I mean I inda imagined it, but these details sound mighty fresh. Mighty mighty.. real..

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  27. Looks a lot easier and more fun than talking to yourself in a crowded bar to plot your blog! And really, they don't like you masturbating there either.....

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  28. Eeeeew, thanks. Right before dinner.

    That arm gesture is definitely a pic for the grandkids, though ;)

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  29. I'm glad I ate before reading this post, because ewwww. I wouldn't be able to eat if I had read this. It seems like you guys come up with ideas pretty easily though, at least if you're half (fully?) drunk.

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  30. Your brilliant genius is definitely showing through here, I'm in awe....Have you guy thought about publishing that photo of Al Roker? I think that could become a best-seller....

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  31. This has the grim ring of truth about it boys. And you know what they say "truth is stranger that fiction"

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  32. my art teacher always said "true great artists are insane - I am already insane!"...wait a second did she insult me there?

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  33. You got me twice on this one. 1) The sink disposal. 2) The jacking off the butler.

    I would definitely love to sit in on one of those meetings.

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  34. Sorry, I tried to be funny but my joke made no sense so I deleted it. Your jokes, while not more logical, are much funnier than I could ever be. The cartooning's great too. Stay un-classy guys. You do it very well.

    BTW, how did Brandon lose his mouth? Is it related to the walrus moustache creature or jacking off?

    xoRobyn

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  35. I generally just stare blankly at the computer screen until something comes to me. I don't know how I get there.

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  36. That's pretty much the same as my creative process. Only mine is me and my dog x

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