BoxJamâ€™s Doodle will celebrate the posting of its 1,000th installment on Monday, February 24, 2003.
Initially intending to call the milestone, â€œA Thousand Doodles That Changed the World,â€ BoxJam was dissuaded by his wife, who noted the innacuracy of it. â€œBesides,â€ she said, â€œit makes you sound like an asshole.â€
BoxJam said, â€œIn all honesty, this is an accomplishment that Iâ€™m really proud of, but especially humbled by. The Webcomic community has been very supportive of my work, and I think more than anything itâ€™s that support thatâ€™s helped me turn something that started out as a hobby into a true avocation. â€“ and while ultimately satisfaction has to come from the inside, encouragement from the outside has been really rewarding.â€
Longtime fan Lee Herold said the 1,000th doodle is a real milestone for a comic that started on a personal Web site in 1999. â€œBoxJamâ€™s Doodle really connects with people, and thatâ€™s very gratifying to the readers,â€ he said. â€œIt shows that what makes a comic strip good is not flashiness, or slick art, but the ability to get somebody laughing and making it look effortless.â€
A book collection of the best doodles will be coming out later this year, and the comic strip will also be featured in a book coming out this summer: “Toon Art â€“ The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning” (Steven Withrow, Watson Guptill Publications, 2003).