DaveComics.com is live!

I’ve been wanting to move my comic strips to their own home for a while now, and I finally pulled the trigger.

Swing over to davecomics.com and have a look around. I’d love to hear what you think as I’m building the site too, so let me know if you feel like I’m missing anything.

Well… anything short of missing a sense of humor. Not much I can do about that one.

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Happenstance – 03.15.14


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Happenstance – 03.10.14

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Happenstance – 03.08.14

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Happenstance – 03.07.14

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Happenstance – 02.28.14

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Happenstance – 02.26.14

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Happenstance – 02.25.14

I downloaded Kyle T. Webster’s brush set, and decided to try out the Clean Comics 1 brush on a “Happenstance” strip I’ve had laying around for a while.

Not the greatest joke in the world, but it was more about trying out the brush. While it will still take more getting used to, I actually love it overall! I inked this sucker in around 15 minutes, which is pretty darn fast for me.

I’ve said it many times over, but I will get back into comic strips at some point. I just love the craft too much to stay away.

You’ve all been warned.

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Geezer Bar

I didn’t pick the name of this one, so don’t come down on me if you’re offended by the term “geezer,” or frankly “bar” for that matter. However… I take full blame for those boobs.

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Today we lost one of the “Good Ones.”

Update #2: PLEASE READ

An annual scholarship has been set up in Jules’s name. Donations can be made through the main SJSU Animation/Illustration Alumni Donation page:


Donors have the option of setting up recurring donations or making a one-time donation. For either method, please include “Jules Jammal Scholarship” in the “Year of Graduation” field.

Donations by check can be made out to Tower Foundation of SJSU, with “Jules Jammal Scholarship” in the memo section, and sent to:

David Chai
SJSU Animation/Illustration
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0225

Donations are tax-deductible and eligible for matching corporate donations.

Update: Information on the Memorial can now be found at the bottom of the post.

Sad day today, as I learned of the passing of fellow animator and artist, Jules Jammal.

Jules and I met while both attending Animation Mentor, and I (like so many others) could not believe the fire and passion this guy had for creating animation. He blew us away, not only with his knowledge of the craft, but also with his profound knowledge of the industry itself. A year or two after graduating, I happened to be in the San Francisco area on business, and reached out to Jules to see if he’d show me around. Keep in mind that this was in the middle of the week, and Jules and I had only known each other via an online animation school.

Not only did Jules drive 30 minutes to pick me up, but he then proceeded to take me on a whirlwind tour of San Francisco at night. We checked out all of the normal touristy stuff, and then Jules said, “Wanna see if we can sneak onto the ILM campus?” Why not. Turned out to be pretty easy, as there was no guard in the booth, and so we just sort of drove in, snapped a few photos, and bolted.

From that point forward we were great friends. Jules was that kind of guy — meet him for the first time, and you’d walk away with a smile and a friend for life.

One year, Jules sent me an email following his attendance at the first CTN Expo that read, “You gotta go next year, man! That conference is hella’ tight!”

So the next year I went, and he and I shared a room. I had never seen the full extent of Jules’ medical problems, because he never let it get in his way. However being in the same room, I saw what that guy went through daily, and couldn’t believe that he did it all with that trademark smile. I was exhausted just watching him after a few days, but Jules told me he didn’t mind, because he had already more than beaten the odds that the doctors had given him many years before.

That year at CTN, Jules decided he needed a haircut, so the two of us walked (based on some instructions the shuttle driver had given him) to a barber shop that was supposed to be “right up the street.” Turned out to be over 3 miles, and while Jules was in obvious pain and discomfort at times, he refused my offer to get a taxi several times over. You could just see that this was his way of making sure his problems never got in the way. He was out of breath the entire time, but never stopped cracking jokes with me. In fact, he often told me to be “less funny,” so that he didn’t laugh so much. He also talked a lot about having his first baby on the way, and how excited he was to be a Dad, and though I never got to see him parent first-hand, there is no doubt in my mind that he rocked it!

While at the conference that year, Jules showed me just how many people he affected in a positive way. We couldn’t take two steps without someone saying hi to him, or gushing over him in some fashion. Yet I have to assume that most of them were like I was prior to that trip, and had no idea about his health problems. So this wasn’t sympathy they were giving him, it was total admiration. One of the folks Jules introduced me to was Ryan Woodward, and we went to dinner with him and a couple of other friends.

As I sat in total awe of Ryan and his work, Jules remained cool as the other side of the pillow, and I watched him own that dinner with his conversation and overall likeable personality.

The following year, we bunked together again at CTN, and this time word had gotten out about our dinner, so it got a bit larger.

Last year, it grew again.

And at the heart of all of this was Jules. He was that brightly burning light that you just wanted to moth around, and feed from his energy.

During our time together at CTN last November, I could tell he wasn’t doing as well as in years past, and he talked to me a bit more about life and his chances of beating all of his health problems. He was optimistic, but at the same time, I could tell he was nervous for all that he was about to endure. He told me, “By this time next year, I’m hoping to be running! I haven’t run in a LONG time.”

As we parted ways at CTN, I hugged him, and he returned the hug. In years past, we had parted with a handshake, but I think we both knew what the coming year could mean. Jules sent me a final text to let me know he had made it safely home, and all it said was, “Made it! Bring your running shoes next year!”

So I was shocked to learn of his passing today, because I really did feel like if anyone could beat the odds, it would be Jules. He was in my life for such a short period of time, and yet left a lasting mark on me bigger than I think he realized, and I know I’m not alone.

To Jules,

Thank you for the memories, the laughs, the tears, and the inspiration.

I’m really going to miss that guy.

Memorial Information
Trisagion Prayer Service
Monday, February 17th, 7:00pm
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
1260 Davis Street
San Jose, CA 95126

Funeral Service
Tuesday, February 18th, 11:00am
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
1260 Davis Street
San Jose, CA 95126

Burial Service (immediately following the Funeral Service)
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
22555 Cristo Rey Drive
Los Altos, CA 94024

Meal of Mercy (immediately following Burial Service)
Location to be determined

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