The final “Outta Toon” strip to appear in CCM Magazine. The guys are sitting in the exact chairs they were sitting in the very first strip. They listen to each other’s music and discover that they actually don’t find it so bad. Okay, a bit hokey. Then hell freezes over and we see the Devil preparing to pitchfork a Marilyn Manson fan in the butt. There’s your comedy folks. Thank you and good night.
I never dated a girl named “Jesus” but I was once married to a woman who thought her name was “Lord.”
This strip marked a change in “Outta Toon.” I had already decided I wanted to stop the strip for awhile and I wanted to to turn it into a web comic strip but also see if I could self syndicate it to Christian college newspapers across the country. I changed the lettering style, the colors, the design. I planned on focusing a bit more on the character of Alpha than Scott and making it a bit more edgy and “rock and roll.” Eventually none of my ideas worked the way I wanted and I ended up a year later bringing the comic strip back in Christian Musician Magazine. I kept many of the new design ideas in its new incarnation.
I honestly thought I was the one who made up the “cheeses of Nazareth” joke but I’ve heard it several times since. The “holy anchovies” is definitely mine though.
Another opportunity for artists to see their name in a comic strip. Newsboys, One Nation Crew, Jaci Velasquez, Bebo Norman, Scott Krippayne, Geoff More, Gary Chapman, Jars of Clay, Point of Grace and Jennifer Knapp. This was a few months before I stopped drawing the strip and I realized I wasn’t familiar with about half of these artists. I started feeling like my era of bands and musicians were aging off the charts and new people were coming in. I didn’t know them and I wasn’t sure I wanted to know them. I’d begun noticing worship music was becoming more popular while alternative music was fading into the background and I was much more of an alternative guy than a worship dude. And I thought it was strange I could now say the phrase “Okay, I think I’ll eat Jaci Velasquez” in CCM Magazine and not get in trouble. Where were the standards going??