Applesauce cover

In my latest efforts to archive some of the work I’ve done over the years I contacted my old university to see if I could get the contents of my old webspace there ( I was hoping to find a treasure trove of pre- magicinkwell dot com goodies and hopefully some of my earliest attempts at webcomics that have since been lost to time (like my “choose your own adventure” comic that was over 100 pages of html so that you could read the story in multiple ways from 4 choices… I really want to find that again, but I’m afraid it’s gone, gone gone…)


What I found instead was a webpage I put together for a little anthology I published back in 2002 called Applesauce. It featured work from a lot of pretty well known cartoonists like Mack White, Mark Martin, Shannon Wheeler, Scott Mills, Keith Knight, and Rick Geary.

I’m archiving it here out of sentimental reasons more than anything else. The webpage is navigable enough but the pages I posted for people to read online are tiny as hell and virtually unreadable (especially the Derek Kirk Kim submission “The Shaft” which is one of his wildest short comics ever! The page also includes a digital copy of a small four page zine I put together at the time called Yackity Shmackity (I would later go on to use the name Yackity Shmackity for a collection of comics I put up over at Webcomicsnation which featured non-Whimville comics that originally posted at the now defunct

Applesauce was not my first foray into putting together a comics anthology, but it was certainly my best (the final layout notwithstanding). It was also the last time I worked with newsprint and a local newspaper press. The cost to put out 1,000 copies at that time was $135 with each additional 1,000 costing only an additional $35. The run wound up being 2,000 copies, out of pocket. I gave away as many as I could and tried to get all the contributors at least a couple copies. I want to say that I remember getting copies to the San Antonio and Austin metro areas for distribution. A couple copies now reside in The Schulz Library for all posterity and future generations of cartoonists to receive absolutely no inspiration from whatsoever.