Monday, December 31, 2007

2008 OR BUST!

Best wishes for the New Year from the gang at Life In The Faster Lane.
May your resolutions stick and 2008 be your best year yet.
Yeah. This was originally done after the first Lord of the Rings movie came out.

I resolve to... oh never mind. :)

Keep on cruisin'


Sunday, December 23, 2007

From all of us to all of you...

As the holiday season is upon us and the New Year is just around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visits this page. I hope we've entertained you and I look forward to bringing you more Life In The Faster Lane in 2008.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

See you in 2008.

Keep on Cruisin'


Christmas In The Faster Lane [part 3]

And here we go for another round of what I like to call Christmas In The Faster Lane.
And away we go...
Growing up, my Dad was always threatening to give us I.O.U.'s for Christmas. It never happened though. I guess Mrs. R.O. had soemthing to do with that. :)
Ironically enough, in reality this year I'm giving my brother, the real life inspiration for Mel Nudell, an I.O. U. because one of the items he wants doesn't come out until after Christmas. I guess art really does imitate life, huh?

A complete fabrication, but it does seem like something R.O. and Mel (not to mention their real life counterparts) might try.
Yep. R.O. said this one.
Every kid has probably thought of this one once or twice. Ha!
I got a big kick out of seeing one of my young cousins try to figure out where the batteries went on a toy that did not require batteries once. It was just too funny not to use.

That's it for this Christmas and another year is almost behind us. I look forward to seeing you all here in 2008.

Keep on Cruisin'


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas In The Faster Lane [part 2]

More Christmas folly from the gang at Life InThe Faster Lane.
Merry Christmas.
With apologies to Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Stewart. :)
This one cracked me up when I came up with it. To my knowledge, my brother has never actually attempted this.
Like Sgt. Schultz, Honey has learned to "see nothink!"
Keep on Cruisin'

Christmas In The Faster Lane [part 1]

Merry Christmas.

Oh, that R.O. :)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

It was bound to happen eventually...

'nuff said.

It all adds up...

This one's for my real life brother, who was the inspiration for Life In The Faster Lane's Mel.
He knows why.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


Saturday, November 17, 2007

For these things we give thanks...

Thanksgiving In The Faster Lane.

As we all settle in this week to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families, may we all take a moment to remember those people, places, and things that are important to us. In that regard, I would like to thank my family, Bobby, Margaret, and Wesley Nash (the real R.O., Honey, and Mel Nudell) for not only supporting me in my career and enduring the fun I poke at them in these strips, but for being the best family a guy could have. I love ya, guys.

I've added the customary commentary below each strip.
Honey has to be quick or she might just lose a finger.
Oh please, like this has never happened to you.

Another one of those taken from real life strips. My Dad actually made the only dieting between meals comment. Naturally, it ended up here.
That Mel sure is a smart kid. :)
From me and the Life In The Faster Lane cast, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Just remember, Christmas in The Faster Lane is just around the corner.

Keep on Cruisin'


Have a great weekend

Here's another little add on for MySpace and ComicSpace (or anywhere for that matter) I created. Just something to post when you want to say "hi" or "have a great weekend."
Have a great weekend.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Thanks for the add...

Here's a little gem I worked up today that I now use on my MySpace and ComicSpace pages when I accept friend requests. Simple, but fun.
Please feel free to visit me at any of the following:

And of course there's the old standby,


Saturday, November 10, 2007

More classics

A few more classics from the early days, long before the strip was actually called Life In The Faster Lane. I have edited these somewhat fr their reprint here. I've touched up a few things and replaced the bad hand lettering with computer lettering. An, of course, I added the Life In The Faster Lane logo, which did not exist when these were originally created.

This first strip is from 1992 and is one of the earliest drawings of R.O. I had done. I thought the idea of him sleeping on the job was very funny at the time.

This second strip is from a year later, 1993. If memory serves (darned CRS) this was the start of the R.O./Mel war of the jokes. I thought the gag worked well, but the expression on Mel's face as he peeks around the open door in that 2nd panel really sells it. I only did a handful of strips with more than one panel. While they can work, I felt that the Life In The Faster Lane strips worked so much better as single panel gags and have stuck with that formula to this day.

Another two panel gag, this time from 1994. This is more slapstick and really never clicked for me. I never really drew that second panel to my satisfaction.

Keep on Cruisin'


Saturday, November 03, 2007

The classics never go out of style

These are some of the earliest drawings of R.O. You'll notice the character had not quite yet melded into his current look. He was a little more cartoony looking. Also, I was heavy into using China Markers at the time for shading. While the effect looked great on paper, it did not reproduce well in print.

I'll just let these strips speak for themselves.

Keep on Cruisin'.


Kiss the cook!

This is just one of the images I've added to the Life In The Faster Lane store at
I hope you'll check these cool items out.
I've also updated the existing Evil Ways store at
And don't forget to check out the Lance Star: Sky Ranger store at

Keep on Cruisin'.


Saturday, October 27, 2007

Friday, October 26, 2007

Something new...

Something I was playing around with today.
Which one do you like better?

Nashcar comes to Atlanta

They're racing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and R.O. can't make it. I know this strip I came up with after a visit to the Daytona Motor Speedway in Florida can't make up for it, but it's a start. If you are racing this weekend, remember poor R.O. as he watches the race at home.

Keep on Cruisin'


Slap it on a stick!

One of my earliest attempts at R.O. and Honey and their family dog, an idea I quickly jetisoned because we did not actually have a dog and I decided to stick as close to reality as possible. The slapstick is tough to do in a single panel format for me. I thought this was cute though. And look at how much R.O. has changed since these early days.
The one thing about this one that doesn't hold up to me is all the smoke. It never jelled for me. I guess drawing smoke just isn't my thing.

Keep on Cruisin'


Window shopping

Oh, that R.O. :)

All wet...

With the water problems (there is none) we're currently having in Georgia, this seemed the most inopportune, therefore the absolute best time for this to happen.

Thank you, Mr. Murphy.

Keep on Cruisin'


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Better Late Than Never

Happy belated 34th anniversary to my parents, the real R.O. and Honey Nudell (not their real names, of course). This strip is from 1997.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Just A Buck

Ah, what could have been. Imentioned in a previous post that the image was for a cover to a book that was unpublished. I felt I should expand on that a bit. At one time there was a plan in place for an imprint called Just A Buck Comics throuh Atomic Pop Art (check out APA at

Hopefully, this will not require a lot of explanation. Comics for $1. A good idea and I was proud to be asked by the editor at the time, Ron Fortier (who would later help launch my pulp writing career with an invitation to write a Lance Star story) to submit a Life In The Faster Lane proposal. Learn more about Mr. Fortier at

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the imprint did not last long, but I did have a few covers put together for consideration.

The covers and interiors for Just A Buck Comics [JABC] would have been black and white, but for fun I colored this piece and found great use for it in the Life In The Faster Lane store, which can be found at (sorry, can't resist an opportunity for a free plug). This image looks great on a mug, by the way.

Ah, the old stand by. I've gotten a lot of use out of this image. A color version of it is also used at the Life In The Faster Lane store, which can be found at (sorry, that free plug thing again).

Ah, one of my favorites. And it too makes a nice cover.

Y'know, this little walk down memory lane has really gotten me stirred up to make another attmpt at a Life In The Faster Lane book. Keep an eye out here for more information.



A first for me and R.O.

A first for me and for our esteemed R.O. happened during the Dragon Con convention in Atlanat, Georgia over Labor Day weekend. I was asked to sign and sketch on a young lady's corset... while she was wearing it.
The accompanying photo is of the drawing, which is on the right side of her back. The signature off to the left was one of my con neighbors, Joe Pekar. Turned out nicely, if I do say so myself.


Saturday, August 25, 2007


Just something new I was playing around with today.



Ah, the bond between father and son - - love, respect, and practical jokes.
Here are some of the best bonding moments between RO and Mel and RO and his car.

Isn't it amazing how differently father and son view yard work?
If you think you suffer from Melaphobia, please consult your physician. Itis anaffliction that impacts anyone who... well, anyone who knows Mel. :)
Not something she ever said, but R.O. did love that car.
Ah, Recyclo-Bob strikes again. This was actually going to be used as a cover for a series of $1 titles that never materialized called Just A Buck Comics. That's why it's taller than normal for these strips. The only change before posting was applying the normal Life In The Faster Lane logo. The one I used for the cover was slightly different.
Honeyknows that sometimes it's best to simply stay out of the line of fire.