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Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell

Born and raised in Orlando, Fla. Drew comics for the University of Central Florida's paper, 'the Future.' Most of my work since then has been self-published 'mini-comix,' as well as a brief run in an alt-rock paper, 'Ink 19.' ALL POSTS

Over Nite Sensation

See Dave Mitchell's entry, then read what the judges had to say.

Richard Thompson: "I like this one. It's got personality and recognizability and all that, and I'd like to read more of them. The art is simple and bold and it's got a nice flow from one panel to the next. And I like the dialog and the acting, it's natural yet cartoony. I don't know how much consideration you give to niche-filling, but I can't think of any strips specifically about musicians with old bands reforming. The only problem might be with how much it transcends that plot line and grows in other directions."

Michael Cavna: "The best thing going for this strip -- at least based on a mere six samples -- is that this midlife rocker is likable. It also helps that there's tremendous potential to make him fully three-dimensional as a character. Job One for this strip is sharpening it in most every way: Sharpening the gags, sharpening the artwork and sharpening the larger story arc. I'd also be tempted to tweak Dad's look some -- however unintentional, the visual echo of that black vest (particularly resting on the paunch of a bespectacled Boomer) is too strong to the all-too-familiar Dad from 'Zits.' A tie-dyed 'Dead' T-shirt, anyone?"

Amy Lago: "Good set up of characters -- we feel like we know people like Jeff and Jools. While the story-telling is compelling, the punchlines are, comparatively, weaker. That's okay, but it's something to pay attention to -- the cartoonist will need to focus on generating some conflict between characters to help generate the humor instead of relying solely on funny situations. The panels feel crowded. I'd like to see a reduction in unnecessary elements. Visually, Jeff is interesting but Jools is boring. If she's a co-star, she should be more interesting to look at, have more expression. The lettering is a little small -- I'd like to see more focus on brevity for the sake of enlarging the letters. One thing a lot of cartoonists do when they make the letters larger is reduce the leading/white space. Don't. Last: Use the characters names even more often."


By Dave Mitchell  |  June 14, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  | Category:  Amy Lago , Entries , Michael Cavna , Richard Thompson
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I felt at first it was going to be like Too Much Coffee Man and it still reminds me of that, art wise. I think it has possibilities, but it's not all that inviting visually.

And I did find it unlikely that he'd get a check, most likely he'd just get screwed.

Posted by: Harise | June 21, 2010 4:30 PM
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Sorry to sign in here, but I enetered a strip and I don't see it anywhere. I'm just wondering if it was received or revued at all?

Posted by: appleandy | June 17, 2010 9:25 AM
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I've been following Dave's work for years. Anyone worried about Dave not being able to reach outside of his premise to take on larger story arcs should see his "Barefoot & Pregnant" series. That series focused on two stereotypical redneck female friends who, in spite of what might seem to be 2D characterizations, went beyond their basic set-up/punch-line format to encounter aliens and deal with 9-11.

His chosen style harkens the simplistic Sunday strip, but is layered with many levels of nuance--shout-outs to cult pop culture icons, social commentary, and an underlying message that no matter how bleak life as an outsider might be, we're all outsiders sometimes: so in the end we all belong.

It's no stretch to imagine Dave finding a loyal for "Over Nite Sensation" from the Washington Post subscribers. I know I'll be one.

Posted by: perfecthannah | June 16, 2010 12:48 PM
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Interesting concept but I actually found the art work so heavy it was difficult to read. I'd love to see this again with some of the lines thinned down and the font jacked up a tiny bit for increased readability.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | June 16, 2010 12:15 PM
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I'm liking this one best, so far.
I know a lot of former wanna-be rockers who are now middle-aged wanna-be rockers.

None of them have ever received a royalty check in the mail. Probably because none of them ever had an agent.

In my top 3

Posted by: InkSlingerz | June 16, 2010 11:24 AM
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I kinda like this one.

I agree with Amy that Jools needs work. She needs her own life and friends as the strip progresses.

As an aside, I am curious about the proportion of contestants by gender. With only one woman in the final 10, the subject matter is definitely stilted in a particular direction.

Posted by: MsJS | June 16, 2010 9:56 AM
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