Back when I had my comics published in The Daily Cardinal, a friend of mine from high school had been drawing a comic in the same paper. I had suggested we do a comic where his comic prank calls my comic.
Unfortunately, due the Cardinal’s ‘random schedule for not regular comics’ mine was never published. So his comic referred to the page where mine might have been… but unrelated comics by other people were there. Whoops!
This, technically, is the first Random Doodles comic.Way back in my first semester at UW-Madison (in 2004 — let me take a minute to feel old here…), I sketched a silly little comic in my CS302 class. A nearby friend said it looked good and that I should totally draw comics for one of the student newspapers. I filed that idea away for later. Eventually, when I did finally decide to start drawing comics, I redrew this one as my leading candidate. But first I felt I should introduce those characters there doing the talking, hence the previous two comics. :)
As for the joke itself, the UW-Madison campus had a free bus route (the 80, at the time) that would go between Union South and Memorial Union (and I think the UW-Hospital too). It would get especially crowded during the winter months as people would try to avoid the cold (which I assume would be annoying for people who had more legitimate reasons for riding the bus, as opposed to traveling for 2 blocks and getting off).
Either way, the buses have a screen on the front and side telling everyone the destinations. Sometimes drivers put in non-route related phrases, like ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Go Packers’, into the rotation. The comic just takes that idea a little further… :)
Last time we met Sasha; now we meet Kally, the other main character in Random Doodles. (So far).
Random Doodles has a set of characters going in and out. This page lists most of them, though not all of them have appeared (yet) so keep an eye out!
(More detailed descriptions to follow).
The Occult Police
As hinted in the post for the first comic, this is (hopefully) Random Doodles’ new permanent home! I know I’ve briefly tried to pull together a website for the comic in the past, but I suppose I would too busy (playing World of Warcraft) to follow through.
With Random Doodles having over 1000 comics (!) it’s going to take awhile to get them all up here. Right now I plan on updating the site with new comics every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday until I get the site working (and looking) like I want it to. Once that’s done, I can step up the web preparations of the comics and hopefully update every day of the week until the backlog is caught up with the present!
But in the meantime, the site will likely not look pretty. At all. While I’m pretty good at coding Java, I’m not so good at editing CSS styles, or design in general (wait why am I drawing a comic again?). So the website will look like a trainwreck until I straighten out the theme.
On that note — anyone familiar with working with Inkblot? :)
Random Doodles is about a group of college students and the oft humorous situations they find themselves in.
In existence since early 2005, the majority of Random Doodles was published by UW-Madison’s student newspaper The Badger Herald.
Erica Loppnow is a Software Engineer who also happens to draw comics. She is the writer and artist for Random Doodles.
She enjoys drawing, playing World of Warcraft & other time-sucking games, and procrastinating.
All content on this website, unless otherwise stated, is Copyright 2005-2017 Erica Loppnow (aka RandomDoodles).