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03
Apr
10

“covers”–CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #7

   After re-reading this issue for the first time in almost 2 decades I was immediately puzzled by the cover (I should of course mention you can read this–and EVERY ISSUE– here).  You’ll notice there are essentially four panels surrounding our hero.  “Reading” these panels in a traditional western ‘Z’ formation the events depicted are in the following order: 1,3,4,2.  What’s that all about?

   Well when I drew this “cover” I was at one of the Saturday Cartoonist Conspiracy “Open Studios” and brought this sequential anomaly up.  Everybody there thought it was kind of weird as well.  But I kept drawing….AND THEN IT HIT ME!!! 

    Jeremy(Captain Confederacy) is in the middle of these events for a very important reason, and it’s not just cause the book is named after him.  Jeremy is dead center wearing his trademark Confederate ‘X’.  Now if you ignore western convention and read the cover as an ‘X’ rather than a ‘Z’, you get the events depicted in this sequence: 1,2,3,4.

   Pretty.  Fucking.  Clever.

20
Mar
10

Cover: CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #6

   Oh yeah–Miss Dixie is in this story!  How’s she doing with this whole “developing actual super powers” thing?  Find our for yourself by READING THE WHOLE SERIES HERE.

13
Mar
10

cover: CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #5

   Ok…I could tell you what CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #5 is about.  I could tell you a couple of our heroes learn there is more to their powers than even their CSA overlords know.  I could tell you through a series a dreams we learn about what motivates our main characters.  I could tell you lots of thing.  But you can read it all for yourself, so I won’t bother.  Instead…instead I’ll talk about my young teen mind being blown by S-E-X.

    See, before I read WATCHMEN– before I even read HARD BOILED–I read CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #5.  Up until then I had no idea you could get away with nudity and sex in a comic that wasn’t OMAHA THE CAT DANCER, especially not a comic involving SUPER HEROES!  But CC#5 did…well…IT!  I was shocked–SHOCKED!  My mind was opened!  I now had a comic I had to hide from my mom.  So thank you Will Shetterly and Vince Stone, if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have spent the last 7 years drawing dicks and boobs in the CONSPIRACY jams.

06
Mar
10

cover: CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #4

   Well as you can see, our heroes spend the majority of CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #4 sitting around drinking and talking (and you can read this and EVERY issue of CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY here).  This might seem like a basic set-up**, but it’s a pretty damn good yarn.  Not only does the plot thicken on what the future holds for our dear Cap cause he’s been taking a super serum steroid and is now cut-off from his supply, but it also hints at the idea said serum may do more than just amp up our heroes muscles.  AND our rag-tag band of heroes discover their (probably doomed) destiny.  Also, my favorite character of the series M’sieur Hex  debuts (he’s the Prince looking fella on the cover….HEY WAIT!  Will and Vince were in Minnesota at the time they made this series in the 80’s.  So was Prince!  I wonder…).

** Example of how CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY has influenced me to this day:  ALL my comics are pretty much just people sitting around and talking.  Thanks Will and Vince!

27
Feb
10

cover: “CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY” #3

   CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #3 by WILL SHETTERLY and VINCE STONE is a really, really good issue.  Will and Vince were finally past the premise-setting constraints of the first 2 issues and were now getting into the meat of the story and characters and plot(TWISTS!).  Read it for yourself today!

20
Feb
10

cover: CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY #2_b

     So like issue #1 of CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY, there was a “Special Edition” of issue #2.  The new cover aside, writer WILL SHETTERLY and artist VINCE STONE slightly cleaned up ad greytoned the original #2 for what was then a growing audience.  In an afterward Shetterly discusses how issue #2 was a demanding task since he went from getting a long-gestating origin story off his chest with issue #1, and now had to tell an actual long-form tale over the course of the following 11 issues (of the original mini-series.  There was a second 4 issue series as well).  How did Shetterly meet this challenge?–Find out for yourself by reading the enitre series HERE!  For FREE and everything!

   Also:  I know some of you (Hi, Bud!) are missing the Staplegenius RETROSPECTICUS I’ve been doing on the weekends, but I think I’ll be doing the CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY’s for a while instead.  I’m having more fun drawing these than scanning my shitty old comics.  Sorry.  The Retrospecticus WILL return though.  We have the whole year, after all.

14
Feb
10

cover: “CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY” #2

    No new ‘RETROSPECTICUS’ this weekend.  They are taking progressively longer to produce as each issue not only gets longer, but more scan-worthy as well.  So hopefully I’ll have the one for issue #7 in a few weeks.  In the meanwhile, here’s another cover from CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY cover re-creation series I’m doing this year.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go read CAPTAIN CONFEDERACY for yourself.  Like I’ve said before.  I’ve been re-reading the series as I draw each cover and man did WILL SHETTERLY and VINCE STONE do a bang-up job on that series back in the day.  It’s really fun stuff.  And so far they haven’t threatened legal action, so that’s pretty sweet.




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