What is Clattertron?

Clattertron is my outlet for nonsense since I decided to make danieljhogan.com a portfolio site.

As an outlet for nonsense, Clattertron features my comic strips, humor writing, and other blogging. Comics and my writing can be on any subject, be it Xerxes and the Hellespont or cheating at board games.

The Comics

If you enjoy crazy characters and off-beat humor, you have come to the right place.

Meet the cast of the Clattertron comic.

OK, more like, here’s an ever growing list of reoccurring characters in no particular order because most Clattertron comics are one-shot gag-a-day strips. See? That would make a terrible title.

no filter fox clattertron

archenemy: restraint

No Filter Fox – A talking fox who, as his name suggests, does not have a filter. The ‘you shouldn’t say that’ kind of filter, not the cigarette kind. First Appearance

observant raptor clattertron

super power: opening doors

Observant Raptor – Genus: Observantraptor (meaning, “Observant predator”). Species: Observantraptor Notarealsaurum. Frequently hangs with No Filter Fox and acts as the Martin to his Lewis, because comedy. First Appearance

daniel j hogan clattertron

super power: bad jokes

DanielThe eye patch’d avatar of Clattertron writer and cartoonist, Daniel J. Hogan. The cartoon version of Daniel is only slightly crazier than the real world version, and wears more ALF shirts. First Appearance

stephanie clattertron

Weakness: reality TV

Stephanie – The center of Daniel’s universe and the once and future Mrs. J. Hogan. First Appearance

nigel the cat clattertron

cuteness level: 11

Nigel the Cat – The darling ball of orange fluff who lets Daniel and Stephanie live with him. First Appearance

anachronism khan clattertron

“Unfriend your enemies! See their fixies ridden before you! Read the lamentations on their t-shirts!”

Anachronism Khan – A fierce warlord who, despite living hundreds of years in the past, makes use of modern technology. First Appearance

guilt trip ghost clattertron

super power: Mimicking your mother’s voice.

Guilt Trip Ghost – A free floating vaporous apparition who makes the living feel guilty, because someone has to. First Appearance

Other subjects include, but aren’t limited to: Game of Thrones comics, autobiographical comics, hockey comics, and pop culture comics. Browse the Clattertron comic archive for even more nonsense.

I draw, letter, and ink the comics on paper with pencil and various pens. I do the last touches, like clean up, in Photoshop.

Clattertron title and face logo designed by Steve Jencks (also of Lost Highway’s B-movies and Cult Films).

All content, unless noted, is copyright Daniel J. Hogan and all rights reserved. If you wish to reprint a comic or a blog post, just ask first.

Humor Posts

As with most humor writing, situations and details might be exaggerated or changed for the sake of humor (or to ‘protect the innocent.’).

In short, don’t treat any of my Humor posts as 100% The Honest Truth. However, most are true, as truth is stranger than fiction.

News Posts

News posts focus more on site updates, convention news, behind the scenes information, and anything I don’t want to put in the Humor category. There will still be sarcasm and jokes though. You can always just check out the blog archive and click a title you find interesting.

Clattertron Prints and Merch

Looking for prints of Clattertron comics and other merch? Prints of select comic strips are available through my Society6 store. Other items include coffee mugs, phone cases/skins, throw pillows, and tote bags.

Clattertron Newsletter

If you would like a hand-crafted, locally sourced email newsletter from me on Fridays, sign up! The newsletter recaps my comics and blog posts during the week and includes extra fun stuff. I treat each newsletter like a blog post, so I will always have something to say. The newsletter is a great way to make sure you don’t miss any comics or blog posts, and I throw in some fun links too. Your email address is safe. I won’t spam you or sell your information.

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Who is Daniel J. Hogan?

How’s that for a pretentious, SEO-centric heading?

Photo of Daniel J. Hogan by Ray Hernandez

Photo by Ray Hernandez.

I do a lot, and sadly very little involves solving mysteries with a talking dog. I’m a blogger, freelance writer, podcaster, photographer, and I live in Lansing, Michigan.

I’m the author of the fantasy satire novel, The Magic of Eyri (and creator of the accompanying podcast) and I was the Geek half of the podcast/blog Ginger and the Geek (which came to an end in late 2012). I also write for Lost Highway’s B-movie Reviews, The Idler, and the Capital Area District Libraries Blog.

I also teach adult education classes on blogging, WordPress, podcasting, and social media. Yes, with a classroom and everything.

Though my drawing skills might suggest otherwise, I studied animation (and film) in college. The Clattertron comics are a continuation, of sorts, of the strange humor featured in the animated shorts I produced in college (Lunch Date, Tracker Joe’s Space Safari, Advice).

I am also putting the last touches on a new fantasy-humor novel, Riddle of the White Gun (which I will not self-publish, like I did Magic of Eyri).

I live with my fiancée Stephanie and our cat Nigel. Both are experts at giving me disapproving looks.

You can find me on Twitter, @danieljhogan.

What’s with the eye-patch in the photo?

Exactly.

OK. Ever since I wore it as a joke during an Ignite Lansing presentation (“How to Survive Writing a Novel“), it stuck. Ray, who took the photo for a class, asked me to wear it for a few shots. I loved one of the photos, and decided it would be a good fit here (because, I figured after having a comic about a talking deer skull, anything goes, right?).

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I don’t sell contact information, and I won’t use the information to send unsolicited emails (unless your comments or actions warrants such an action). That is all. I have better things to do than sell email addresses for a nickel apiece (like look at kitten photos in my RSS reader). Advertisers on the site might add cookies and such to help deliver more relevant ads too. All of that is black magic mojo I don’t even begin to understand.

Newsletter Privacy Policy
If you sign up for the Clattertron email newsletter, I will not spam you and I won’t sell or give out your contact information. I will only send out one newsletter a week–unless a situation requires me to do otherwise (super-important news, site problems, etc).

Affiliate Programs Disclaimer(s)
Clattertron.com belongs to a few affiliate marketing programs via Commission Junction and Amazon.com.

To sum up: I get a commission (usually a percentage of a sale) if a visitor to clattertron.com uses an affiliate link to buy a product or service. A lot of this information is repeated below, but I wanted to have a general statement. I’m not employed by any of the affiliate folks, nor do I represent them or they represent me. I use affiliate programs to have more interesting ads on the site (hooray for niche audiences!), and to make money from some of the things I link to, like products.

Read What is Affiliate Marketing? on the Commission Junction site for more information. The affiliate marketing programs help me pay the bills to keep Clattertron running. There is no extra cost applied to visitors by using an affiliate marking link.

Here is a disclosure policy for Clattertron.com:

“This policy is valid from 28 July 2013

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.”

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Regarding the Amazon Affiliate program–I do not have access to any of your personal information via Amazon. Clattertron.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

Regarding the ThinkGeek Affiliate program, and other Commission Junction Affiliate Programs–The same thing is true as with the Amazon Affiliate Program: I do not have access to any of your personal information via Commission Junction–I earn advertising fees by visitors following links to ThinkGeek or other CJ sites and purchasing items/services.

To sum up: if you follow a link to Amazon.com, ThinkGeek.com, or other affiliate programs from this site, and buy any item(s), I get a percentage, without any additional cost to you. I do not know who ordered what–all I see are the items ordered/shipped and the price paid. I do not have access to any personal information–no names, addresses, or payment information.

Bonus: I find quirky stuff on Amazon for my blog series, Amazon Enigmas.

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