I've been drawing webcomics for 14 years. This is not a brag, as my longevity affords me no prestige or status, online or otherwise, and is ultimately meaningless in the grand scheme of things. I only mention it as a way to illustrate that I've drawn a lot of stuff over the years.

From 2003-2006, that stuff was a comic strip called Mullein Fields, featuring a cast of anthropomorphic cartoon animals in southern New Jersey. This is in stark contrast to my current comic strip, Inhuman Relations, which features an entirely different cast of anthropomorphic cartoon animals in southern New Jersey.

Here, then, is a selection of about 170 strips to give you an idea of what Mullein Fields was all about, without making you wade through the entire archive of 560+ comics. Of course, if you like what you see, and you enjoy wading, feel free to purchase this handy paperback edition of The Complete Mullein Fields. Like the title says, it's complete! The whole shebang! Beginning to end! Nothing left out! Don't worry if you change your mind and want to buy it later, there will be links to the book peppered shamelessly throughout this overview.

Anyway, Mullein Fields began life on April 7th 2003, as just another dumb internet comic strip drawn by some clueless loser suffering a post-high-school daze. Exhibit A:

Fortunately, the comic became somewhat less dumb over the next couple of months (though the cartoonist remains as clueless a loser as ever), and the characters began developing personalities.

Here, we see Jerry trying to sell his sister, Loretta, on the existence of subliminal advertising ...

I totally did not have a copy of The Clam Plate Orgy on my desk as I drew those strips. I just want you to know that.

Now we meet the parents of the kids seen above. These characters are named Fred and Maureen (no relation to the Inhuman Relations Fred and Maureen). Rampant development in Southern New Jersey was a recurring theme in this strip ... mostly because it bugged me, and I thought I needed an outlet for my rage.

Luckily for those reading, I'll spare you the worst of those strips.

Here we find the neighbor kids, Georgia and Penny. See, it's funny because they're supposed to be twins. Georgia is a raccoon and Penny is an opossum. Ha.

OK, it wasn't funny at all. It was just a dumb relic from the early days of the strip, when the characters were "aware" of the fact that they were animals acting like humans. Mercifully, that shtick was eventually dropped, and the characters became more human than animal. This next strip isn't quite there yet, because shtick disposal is never quick and easy.

True story. I failed math class more times than I could count.

These are what I call Ramblin' Strips. The characters just ramble around a particular location. No story. No plot. Just ramblin'. In this case, Loretta and Georgia wander around the woods behind their houses.

My Pogo obsession was in full swing right about here. Not that it ever completely subsided. In fact, this whole running commentary idea was swiped directly from Walt Kelly's own Ten Ever-Lovin' Blue Eyed Years With Pogo.


 

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