You’ve got a lot to answer for, Dustin Harbin.


  1. Having met him years ago, I think this is pretty dead on. He was a very soft spoken, friendly, approachable guy.

    This was at a promotional tour supporting the debut of Planetary. A lot of years have passed, but I doubt he’s changed that much. His internet persona certainly hasn’t.

  2. who started releasing comics first, Dustin Harbin or Tom Gauld?

    no agenda or anything, just wondering. while i see similarities in their work, it’s completely possible they developed their styles without ever seeing the other’s stuff (with a little help from Mr Gorey).

  3. Matt was good enough to jump on it immediately. I apologize for being a crankypants about it and am glad to see that basic rule of Internet cordiality enforced. Thanks, Matt.

  4. I just saw this–my Internet savvy comes only in fits and spurts.

    Thanks for the mention, Heidi!
    Also thanks for the stickup, Tom! I’m sure all intentions were of all the best kind possible.

    Jacob Lyon Goddard: I’m not sure if you’re implying that I’m swiping from Tom Gauld or not. In either case, I am an ENORMOUS fan of his, and am surely heavily influenced by his work. In this case though, I would have thought the more criminal and obvious swipes would have been from Chester Brown and Harold Gray.

    If you’re not a fan of Tom Gauld already, I invite you to remedy that: http://www.cabanonpress.com/

  5. Tom, very funny __ I noticed tha same thing last night and was gonna send a note or make sport of it here, but luckily everything has been resolved.

  6. not suggesting a swipe, just wondering if the two of you came up together or if one might have influenced the other

  7. Ironic title, considering Ellis was perpetrator of probably the biggest webcomics fiasco in internet history. He’s carefully erased as much as he can, but if you search it I’m sure you’ll find an article I wrote somewhere about his “Rocket Pilots” debacle.

    His demeanor is obviously the result of having a nose in the pint glass, not a charming eccentricity. It’s an illness, and a talent going to waste. It’s naive and harmful to celebrate it as colorful.