March 2005


A little late today- my apologies. I hope everyone had a great Easter. My dad had to go to a business trip on Sunday, so my family and I had a Lobster dinner on Saturday. I ordered the Maine lobster, but I don't think I'll ever have that again. I really liked the lobster meat, but it's kinda gross when your food is staring at you and its antennae are poking at other people's plates. On top of that there's this gross green stuff inside the body of the lobster, which I couldn't bring myself to eat. Eating my lobster reminded me of my high school bio classes, where I had to dissect worms, grasshoppers and frogs (oh my!)




Today's comic is by Thom Bluemel who writes BIRDBRAINS over on ComicsSherpa. Thom's a really nice guy, who votes for me daily on Sherpa, and he actually drew this panel a while ago. I think he was unsure whether or not I'd like it, but luckily for him I have a sense of humor about these things.

I'm posting his work today for a couple of reasons: 1) I told him I would and 2) I need to build a large reserve of comics. In a couple of weeks- probably around April 11th or so, I might just run my Daily Bruin comic for the purpose of further building a reserve of comics. You may be wondering why I'm so concerned about doing this now, but I can't really tell anyone about it yet or else I'll get in trouble. It's somewhat good news though- maybe it makes me a little apprehensive- but I think people will be happy for "C'est la Vie."

Sorry for being so cryptic. I'm "like the god damned Riddler." (read Penny Arcade!)

Anyway, also sorry for the delayed update- at least I got this fixed before 9:30 AM Pacific Time.




I have a new vote incentive up for a while. It's a sketch from the second panel of tomorrow's cartoon. Take a gander if you wish.

Don't worry- more pictures of Mona and Pierre from their trip to NYC will be up, but as you've probably guessed, things have been pretty crazy these past two weeks. Thanks for understanding!




This comic is based off that stupid new Disney movie "Ice Princess." I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but jesus this movie looks horrible. Everytime I see it, it makes me want to vomit on the screen. The protagonist is a snot and makes my blood boil.





This strp was by Shane Woods. Some of you might recognize the style, as Shane is more or less "up there" in the webcomic community- that's my impression at least. Anyway, this comic fell into my inbox just when I needed a smile.

There's one more cartoonist who wants to send me a guest comic, but he'll not be able to send me one 'till later mehtinks. When I get his, I'll post it up. For now though, I don't think I'll need any more guest strips, but I want to thank anyone who has send me stuff or who has offered me help. The response to my call for help was more than I could hope for.

I also want to thank everyone that sent me their condolences. I tried to respond to everyone's e-mail, but I know I let some fall through the cracks. But I want to let you know that your e-mails comforted me greatly.




This strip was done by a good friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous. It's a tribute to my bunny, Nibbles. Anonymous thinks it's a silly comic, but I think it's cute and it will remain close to my heart.

If you like interesting artwork, please visit They're very nice people, and I bought 2 T-shirts and one poster from them. Kozy also loves bunnies, and when we met at a comic con seveal years back, she gave me a free sticker of a bunny listening to headphones.




John Hilliard kindly created this guest strip for me. I really like his fluid style, and you can see more of that in his work, Amazing New Worlds.

Thanks to everyone that has been helping me with guest strips this week. I know it was short notice and I appreciate having some time to cope with my loss. Like I said, the storyline will resume in a couple of days.

I got one piece of good news this weekend though. I got into New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. If I decide to go there (or if that's my only option and I have to go there), then I'll be working on getting an M.A. in Ancient Egyptian Art History.



Today's guest strip was done by Al Laird, a fellow cartoonist from ComicsSherpa (which is where C'est la Vie made its online debut). I'd also like to thank him for helping me on such short notice. In case you're totally confused as to who the alien is, Al writes a comic called The Trouble with Martians in which the alien is the protagonist.

I have 3-4 more guest strips left, after which I'm going to pick up the storyline again. Until then, I hope you enjoy what these contributors have to offer- I think it's interesting to see how other artists approach someone else's work.

I'd also like to add that I think it's completely awesome that Something Positive linked to my comic. Not only did I get a whole bunch of new, supportive readers, but I was reunited with some old friends that I haven't talked to in years.




Today's guest strip was done by Murph. I want to thank him for doing this on such short notice. I was impressed in that it was not only well written, but it was a double sized color Sunday cartoon!

I'm getting to the point where I think I might be able to do my own strips again. But if you're still interested in sending me guest strips, just let me know. My e-mail is located at the under the cartoon of the day.

I've been handling Nibbles's death much better, but once in a while I think about her last moments or how much we used to play, and it sends me a pang of sadness. I think that I'm going to start volunteering at a rabbit shelter soon, since it would make me feel better and because I realize that other rabbits need my love now.

On that note, I should tell everyone that if you're thinking about buying an Easter bunny, please don't, unless you know what you're getting into. Rabbits are a lot harder to take care of than one thinks, which often leads to hundreds of abandoned Easter bunnies each year.




Sorry this cartoon is up so late. I had it drawn on Thursday, but fell asleep early yesterday before I could upload it. Tomorrow I'm having a guest strip, which is graciously being done by murph, who writes Slacks, which is a regular read of mine (something I need to add to my links list as well).

I'd appreciate getting more guest art/strips from anyone to display this week. While I have a script written out for this week's cartoons, I'm not in that a great mood to draw them. I'm feeling better today, but yesterday was probably the worst day of my life. I cried from 2:50 AM until I feel asleep at 11 PM. I also had to endure the insensitivity of the people at my school who wouldn't respect my privacy or my need for mourning.

I miss my Nibbles so much, but I had a dream last night that she hopped out of nowhere to give me comfort licks and a hug. When I woke up I felt much better, because it made me feel like she was watching out for me and is by my side. I know that sounds pretty dumb coming from someone who writes a cartoon about an unsentimental cynic, but it's something I want to believe.




My rabbit Nibbles died this morning at around 3 AM. I think she had bloat, which is basically a fancy word for gas.

I'm am very sad and I miss her so much. She was like my baby. I called her my baby and I used to fall asleep with her in my arms until she woke me up with her licks. When she was happy she would skip accross my room and jump in the air. When she was mad she would make a grunt followed by an assertive stomp. She had lots of toys to play with but her favorite was this flip and toss game I bought her for Christmas. She really liked to play that with me. Nibbles also liked to dig and make burrows in my blankets. I'll miss that sound. She was the sweetest bunny I've ever known and I hope she is doing fine wherever she is now.

I love you Nibbles.




So glad to have a WACOM again.

Anyway I'm doing a new thing with Buzzcomix... for a limited time if you support "C'est la Vie" with your vote, you will see a photograph from Mona and Pierre's trip to the Big Apple. There is one up now, but I don't know for how long it will be up there- either way, it will eventually be replaced by another photo from their visit. Thanks for supporting "C'est la Vie!" Let's get to the top 10!




Ugh. UPS put my WACOM on the wrong truck, so I didn't get it when I was supposed to. Curse you UPS! Doing the shadows for my cartoon with a mouse is really aggravating. Maybe I can get free shipping though, since I'm getting a day later than they promised.

I have French and German tests next week, but I'm hoping to get some extra things uploaded on this site sometime soon.




EDIT: Link fixed.

In case you haven't heard Dog Complex is back. It had a long hiatus, but will now be updated 1-2x a week. If you're not familiar with it, I urge you to check it out. Dave was on Sherpa with me since near the beginning of its existence, and he's one of the coolest web comic artists I've met.

I should be getting my WACOM on Thursday. I will be much happier when it's finally in my hands.

Also, thanks to everyone that's been voting for me on buzzcomix! I made it to 50 today! Yay!