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About Totes McGoat

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“Totes McGoat” is a lame, hand-drawn comic strip about a crime-fighting hipster hero. He’s just a kid from the farm trying to make it in the big city. But to fight animals, it takes an animal.

New comics are uploaded every Tuesday and Thursday.

In The Beginning…

It all started as a joke, really. Over a glass of wine with friends, I kidded that I was going to start a comic strip about a crime-fighting hipster hero named Totes McGoat. Details were scarce, as I was making them up on the spot. But throughout the night, and the next morning, and the day after that, I thought, “You know what? To hell with it. I should just frickin’ start writing ‘Totes McGoat.'”

Let me clarify something important: I can’t draw. As a child, my drawings elicited sad looks from teachers and encouragement to join orchestra rather than art classes in junior high. But a few years ago, I took a class called “Draw Your Dog” at the Austin Museum of Art. Taught by an incredibly sweet and compassionate woman that I knew through dog rescue groups, the class showed me something shocking — I wasn’t a horrible artist. I could create figures on paper with a pencil. Sure, they were lopsided (and I never quite got shading down). But some of them were all right.

I put my pencil and paper away for a few years, always meaning to take them out again. But I didn’t. And time passed. Years passed, in fact.

A few weeks ago, in a fit of creativity, I drew a silly drawing for a friend. It made him laugh. A lot.

“Hmm,” I thought. “Maybe I’m not so bad at this art thing.”

Currently, I’m in the process of writing a novel and a not-so-short story (and have another not-so-short story outlined in my head). But I’m rather verbose (look through my blog entries for further proof of this). And my fiction is getting pretty depressing. So I’m starting a lame, pencil-drawn comic strip to help me develop brevity and have a good sarcasm release.

On Tuesday, March 23, 2010, I posted my “Totes McGoat” idea on Facebook, followed by a prototype drawing of Totes. The response was astoundingly, overwhelmingly positive. Either my friends really like the idea of reading stupid comics about a hipster goat, or they’re excited to see how much I can embarrass myself with this. (I’m pretty sure it’s the former, though.) But you be the judge:

Totes McGoat: The Prototype, March 23, 2010. Copyright 2010, Sarah A.R.P.

Totes McGoat: The prototype. (Proto-Totes?) Copyright 2010, Sarah A.R.P.

In short: I have no idea where this is going. I won’t promise that any of it will be good. But I can promise you this:

  • I’m going to have fun with “Totes McGoat.”
  • I hope you have fun reading it, too.

–Sarah.

PS: Desperate for deets on Totes? E-mail totallytotesmcgoat [at] gmail [dot] com.

Copyright 2011, Sarah at ThatsAGirlsCar.com and TotesMcGoat.com. All rights reserved.

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