Max & Lily

Let's Begin Again - by Kris Dresen
I’m skipping ahead this week because the Illinois (where I live) Senate passed Freedom to Marry today. It has to get through the House, but still, this is a big deal. We’re on our way.This Max & Lily comic is also the most popular one of the lot. The truth is that I just wanted to draw them eating fried chicken and wrote the strip around that. Way to fight the fight, Kris.

I’m skipping ahead this week because the Illinois (where I live) Senate passed Freedom to Marry today. It has to get through the House, but still, this is a big deal. We’re on our way.

This Max & Lily comic is also the most popular one of the lot. The truth is that I just wanted to draw them eating fried chicken and wrote the strip around that. Way to fight the fight, Kris.

(Source: krisdresencomics.com)

#031  June 21, 1998This is actually one of the few strips where I can recall exactly how it was written. I was talking to my bestest pal Toby on the phone and, well, somehow the dialogue above happened. There was a pause at the end and then Toby said, “I hope you have a pen. I’m hanging up so you can write down all that we just said and make it a Max & Lily comic.”
And so I did.

#031  June 21, 1998

This is actually one of the few strips where I can recall exactly how it was written. I was talking to my bestest pal Toby on the phone and, well, somehow the dialogue above happened. There was a pause at the end and then Toby said, “I hope you have a pen. I’m hanging up so you can write down all that we just said and make it a Max & Lily comic.”

And so I did.

(Source: krisdresencomics.com)

#030 June, 1998
I actually did go on a date that involved seeing “The Horse Whisperer.”…And it is now a rule that dates DO NOT involve going to a movie.
….
Maybe the rule actually is that dates DO NOT involve dating.

#030 June, 1998

I actually did go on a date that involved seeing “The Horse Whisperer.”



And it is now a rule that dates DO NOT involve going to a movie.

….

Maybe the rule actually is that dates DO NOT involve dating.

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#029 June 1998
Hey! It’s 1998 already? Where’d the time - and my productivity -go?And, um, yeah. The “If you let me. I’ll be your whore,” line? True story. Shouted in my ear as I sat at the bar in a lesbian club that had far too many straight guys wearing cowboy shirts and Air Jordans playing pool. I declined and didn’t bother to hide my distaste. Totally worth the over-priced soda and enduring endless Melissa Etheridge music videos on the TVs just to get that line for the comic. Everything is material. You’ve been warned.

#029 June 1998

Hey! It’s 1998 already? Where’d the time - and my productivity -go?

And, um, yeah. The “If you let me. I’ll be your whore,” line? True story. Shouted in my ear as I sat at the bar in a lesbian club that had far too many straight guys wearing cowboy shirts and Air Jordans playing pool. I declined and didn’t bother to hide my distaste. Totally worth the over-priced soda and enduring endless Melissa Etheridge music videos on the TVs just to get that line for the comic.

Everything is material. You’ve been warned.

#028 September-ish 1997
Ha ha! “Camcorder.” Also, note Xena figure Lily is holding in panel eight.

#028 September-ish 1997

Ha ha! “Camcorder.” Also, note Xena figure Lily is holding in panel eight.

#027 September-ish, 1997
I was never one for bars. Back then they were smokey, sticky, and loud. These days I’m still taken aback when I get home from a bar and I don’t smell like a million Marlboros and feel the need to rinse the sweaty, beer-soaked disappointment of the crowd from my skin. I’m the person who, if you try and buy her a drink, will say no thank you. (Did you know that people don’t take kindly to that? Go figure.)The one time I spent an entire date at a bar, she smoked a whole cigar on a dare. (Not my idea.) She succeeded and was quite pleased that she didn’t get sick. Not high on my list of great nights out. Plus, I went home reeking of cigar. :::cough:::

#027 September-ish, 1997

I was never one for bars. Back then they were smokey, sticky, and loud. These days I’m still taken aback when I get home from a bar and I don’t smell like a million Marlboros and feel the need to rinse the sweaty, beer-soaked disappointment of the crowd from my skin. I’m the person who, if you try and buy her a drink, will say no thank you. (Did you know that people don’t take kindly to that? Go figure.)

The one time I spent an entire date at a bar, she smoked a whole cigar on a dare. (Not my idea.) She succeeded and was quite pleased that she didn’t get sick. Not high on my list of great nights out. Plus, I went home reeking of cigar. :::cough:::

#026 September 17, 1997Hmm. Another huge gap in the dates. Looks like I cranked out all of four Max & Lily strips in 1997. Keep in mind I was still drawing Manya, too, so it’s not like I was sitting around doing nothing.
Dating. Yeah. Back then it was relatively easy. All black clothing? Check. Motorcycle jacket? Check. A cool slacker/Gen X job? Check and check. The line forms to the left ladies.
It was boring, really. But, damn, did I get some good material from those socially required human interactions.
Those show up in the comics later.
They always do.

#026 September 17, 1997

Hmm. Another huge gap in the dates. Looks like I cranked out all of four Max & Lily strips in 1997. Keep in mind I was still drawing Manya, too, so it’s not like I was sitting around doing nothing.

Dating. Yeah. Back then it was relatively easy. All black clothing? Check. Motorcycle jacket? Check. A cool slacker/Gen X job? Check and check. The line forms to the left ladies.

It was boring, really. But, damn, did I get some good material from those socially required human interactions.

Those show up in the comics later.

They always do.







#025 May 23, 1997
Look at that date.
Yep. I drew a New Year’s comic in May.
Oh, those where the halcyon days, weren’t they? I was drawing these strips to be printed in a book, not posted immediately on the internet. Comics didn’t have freshness dates. You went to the comic shop and bought the comic when it was damn good and ready to be published. Now, if you post your web comic a moment too late, you are crucified for being a slacker and not feeding the millennials in a time frame they are accustomed to.Anyway, we’ve crossed into 1997! What a year! I turned 30! (I’ll wait while y’all do the math.) My professional life was booming and my personal life was about to take a 10 year nose-dive. Where’s my damn time machine so I can go back and step on a butterfly or something.
But somethings never change. I have pretty much lived my life for the last 25 years just as Max states. I consider it successful. I am sure nobody else agrees.
Happy New Year everyone. May your 2013 be an awesome one.

#025 May 23, 1997

Look at that date.

Yep. I drew a New Year’s comic in May.

Oh, those where the halcyon days, weren’t they? I was drawing these strips to be printed in a book, not posted immediately on the internet. Comics didn’t have freshness dates. You went to the comic shop and bought the comic when it was damn good and ready to be published. Now, if you post your web comic a moment too late, you are crucified for being a slacker and not feeding the millennials in a time frame they are accustomed to.

Anyway, we’ve crossed into 1997! What a year! I turned 30! (I’ll wait while y’all do the math.) My professional life was booming and my personal life was about to take a 10 year nose-dive. Where’s my damn time machine so I can go back and step on a butterfly or something.

But somethings never change. I have pretty much lived my life for the last 25 years just as Max states. I consider it successful. I am sure nobody else agrees.

Happy New Year everyone. May your 2013 be an awesome one.

#024 December 30, 1996No surprise, really, that the “article” playful conjecture dude was writing never ran anywhere.
And, oh, hey. A rugby joke.Those are timeless, right?Happy Holidays, everyone! Thanks for reading and there’s more to come. In fact, next week’s strip is New Year’s themed. Kind of keen that it synched up like that.

#024 December 30, 1996

No surprise, really, that the “article” playful conjecture dude was writing never ran anywhere.

And, oh, hey. A rugby joke.

Those are timeless, right?

Happy Holidays, everyone! Thanks for reading and there’s more to come. In fact, next week’s strip is New Year’s themed. Kind of keen that it synched up like that.



#023 December 30, 1996
Remember when outing was a blood sport?
This tool spent the better part of the “interview” trying to get me to not only out myself (And I wasn’t even in. That’s how dense this guy was.) but my collaborator as well. No way in hell was I gonna do that.The comic “Broken” that he talks about can be seen here: broken by kris dresen
The “hardwood floors are queer imagery” line came from a person of interest who said she knew I was gay because my apartment had such flooring.
Right.I lost interest not long after that.

#023 December 30, 1996

Remember when outing was a blood sport?

This tool spent the better part of the “interview” trying to get me to not only out myself (And I wasn’t even in. That’s how dense this guy was.) but my collaborator as well. No way in hell was I gonna do that.

The comic “Broken” that he talks about can be seen here: broken by kris dresen

The “hardwood floors are queer imagery” line came from a person of interest who said she knew I was gay because my apartment had such flooring.


Right.

I lost interest not long after that.