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So the dust has settled.

Its pretty easy to get caught up in the moment. After the shock, I spent some quality time reading each of the nominees. I was very very impressed. I am reading them all the way through and found some very beautiful and distinct story telling techniques. It seems we are all over the spectrum as well. Fanstasy, prohibition, comedy…etc. That makes thing even more interesting.

Also now that the nods out, the opinions will fly. People will love us or hate us. Agree with the Eisner judges or not, who deserves it and does not. Personally I from what I have seen, I am delighted to see the Bar being raised. A legit feel to a group of creators that is often overlooked and I am proud to be counted amount these web creators. I encourage you to take a moment to see the worlds these talented people have created and immerse yourself in them.

I also would encourage to read their whole archive. If you only read 20 pages than you will miss the magic they create. So my hat is off and I look forward to continue reading some awesome comics.

Now that I am a little more grounded, yet still very excited, it is time to go back to the original plan. What is that? To finish telling my epic and to tell it my way.  To keep updating 3 times a week and then put them into books for you. That goal has not changed. So back to the table to pencil and ink a little more….and play in my own little world.



  • Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl,
    Great read here. I was familiar with it but I had not gotten into it until now.
  • The Bean, by Travis Hanson, This guy well… you’ll have to make your own conclusions here.
  • Lackadaisy, by Tracy Butler, My kids are a huge fans of Tracy’s work which puts them in a pickle on who to vote for, she got a good book as well. Hats off to her for helping bring webcomics up several notches.
  • Max Overacts, by Caanan Grall, Caanan’s stuff is fantastic. Another great read and his art is fantastic. Good Job sir.
  • Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir and Khalil, I am not to familiar with Amir and Khalil’s work. I will have to check it out, from what I have seen it looks interesting and pretty good. Worth a look.

Mercy » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

Whoa, whoa, whoa…grenels can use magic? Here I thought they weren't even sentient. (That thing is a grenel, right?)

    Trav the bean » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

    oh they are more sentient than you might realize:)

John » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

Game makers should hire you to make good story and "feel" like in this comic. Or even better, maybe some movie will be made based on your story 🙂

    Trav the bean » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

    one day maybe:) right now i am just focusing on finishing the story

caanan » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

Thanks for the link, Travis! I'd had page 152 bookmarked for some time, as that's where I got up to in the story, but I just caught up with the whole thing and I'm now up to date! Looking forward to seeing new pages as they come. Love the Bean! 😀

    Trav the bean » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

    anytime- send me a 125×125 and i will put it my wanderings section

Robert » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

Congrats on the nomination Mr. Bean. Well deserved. I myself just finished book 7 and will GLADLY purchase them all until the story is finished. Great story, wonderful artwork.

    trav » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

    Thank you robert. Looking forward to where this all goes myself:)

Patrick Thunstrom » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

Yeah, I saw you were competing against Lackadaisy and went 'Shoot, that's actually a hard choice.' Different merits for different comics! I'll need to check out the others.

    Trav the bean » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

    I am not worried- tracy does fantastic work as do the others, yet we are all unique and different story tellers. I just am thrilled with the talent pool this year representing digital comics. Actually helping bringing up the bar a bit.

Trav the bean » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

we have seen his kind before, now we see them in a little better light.

As for an ending- yes I do but it is very far away still:) thats what makes this whole thing worth it.
yet i do allow my self freedom to have the story change and mold as I push to the end point.

I have put up a few articles about it here

Zachary » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

that is one mean looking creature…i have a feeling bean and that creature will be meeting up some time in the future… love it!

so i have a question for you trav… as i have been reading your comics both online and in comic book form i began to wonder… do you already know the ending of the story? or do you create the story as you go?

Ehol » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

As your comic, I was hooked with Zarha's Paradise (and with Lackadaisy, but to this one I was already hooked up 🙂 ).
I think it will terribly difficult to decide a winner, because, imho, you all deserve to win, if only for the fact that you share your art and your stories for free (at least at this stage), and this is priceless.
Congrats again for the nomination.
And on with the story … 🙂

    Trav the bean » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

    You are welcome… I am printing the story as well- we are on book 8. I actually did an article in shop talk on why I post for free. The game is changing and people need to have access to things, without paying an arm and a leg in hard times. I do notice people still buy the books as they come out, which is really encouraging, because I like to eat.

    thanks again on the congrats. It's a great honor just to be included.

Hoomi » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

"Found it" does not equal "have it."

I suspect this latest guest is a minion for the Beast mentioned in the previous strip…

    Trav the bean » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

    true "found it" and "have it" are two different things…. it will be interesting to see what happens

Odo » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

1. Congratulations.
2. OMG three of my favorite comix .
3. Must inspect the other two.

— Oh, and a great post for today.

— 🙂

    Trav the bean » 13 Apr 2011 » Reply

    Cool nods aren't they… which two are you going to go check out?


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