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25
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 14 and 15

 

 

pg 14

pg 14

pg 15

pg 15

     …To Be Continued…

    Hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day/3-Day Weekend thing. Having been unemployed for over 3 weeks now it means very little to me. Its not so much a special day off as it is just plain Thursday.

     ….it’s Thursday today, right?

24
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 12 and 13

 

  

pg 12

pg 12

pg 13

pg 13

 

   …To Be Continued…

    Page 12 is easily my favorite page of this story, and certainly one of my favorites of the whole series so far.  Its also the point at which I knew that my intended plan of making MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE an all-ages reader-friendly book was out the window. Yes, a man cheese-grating himself on page 9 was questionable, but mocking a “national tragedy” is just gunna turn some people off. Oh well. It was still a fun page to draw.

23
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 10 and 11

 

pg 10

pg 10

pg 11

pg 11

    …To Be Continued…
   
    Okay, that Opus Pie awfulness is over–Hooray!–and it is time to move from one of my least favorite things I’ve drawn (pg 9) to one of my favorite things in the whole series:
    THE FLYING HAZMAT!
    I knew Fleming would need a vehicle of some kind, and I really wanted to give him something that doesn’t and probably couldn’t exist, so out of my head popped the Flying Hazmat, and I was pretty proud.
    Months later I was rewatching RED DWARF (www.reddwarf.co.uk), one of my favorite television shows of all time, and it occured to me I wasn’t very clever at all.  In fact it appears with the Flying Hazmat all I really did was subconsciously combine my favorite elements of some of the Red Dwarf ships–STARBUG and BLUE MIDGET(the one from series 8 and the remasters).  You can judge for yourself by comparing them and the Flying Hazmat by visiting: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Dwarf_ships
    Anyway, now that our heroes have taken to the air the story really pics up and becomes much more enjoyable (to me and hopefully you) from this point on.
22
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 8 and 9

 

 

pg 8

pg 8

pg 9

pg 9

     …To Be Continued…

      I really spoiled myself on the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007 story I posted last week. I had pencilled and inked it with CARE and THOUGHT. I at least kind if TRIED on the lettering.  But this damned ISSUE ONE…no such luck.

     In the first post I mentioned my intention for this comic was to work fast and carefree, which I did, but I just can’t believe that  I expected anyone to actually be able to look at and read it. It’s terrible. I am having to do so much touching-up digitally on this–probably twice as long as the FCBD2007 pages, if not a little longer. I’m having to almost re-draw te Fleming heads I had already re-drawn. I am spending as much time fixing the lettering as I am coloring. It’s maddening.

    You can rest easy though–we’re over halfway to the pages where I started over on ISSUE ONE, so at least the picture-fixin’ will probably come to an end. But that damned lettering….

21
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 6 and 7

    

pg 6

pg 6

pg 7

pg 7

 …To Be Continued…
    
     HA!—Myspace humor!!!
    Why these jokes are as fresh and timely as they were the day I wrote them in 2006!
20
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 4 and 5

pg 4

pg 4

pg 5

pg 5

    …To Be Continued…
   
    Thats either the worst George Washington ever, or the best.
    You decide.
19
May
09

MANLY TALES OF COWARDICE–issue one–pgs 2 and 3

pg 2

pg 2

pg 3

pg 3

     …To Be Continued…
  
   Yesterday I mentioned that I had to stop working on this issue for several months while the clown show was retooled, and as you read (Dan, Steve) I blamed the abortion on the drawing/character design.  While that is true, today as I was greytoning I remembered a second reason why I put issue one on hold long ago:
     The story had no ending.
     As you can see above, Fleming’s is trying to complete the perfect hotdish for a contest, but when I originally did this he was baking muffins. And that flyer about the contest Atlantis Lad has?–that was just a receipe for muffins. The story plays out exactly the same as you will read over the next few days, but I had forgotten when I stopped it was missing the last 2-3 pages–No ending.
    Fortunatly as I went back in to finish this months later I brought up my lack of a story resolution to my wife.  As it happens, the Northeast Minneapolis yearly HOTDISH REVOLUTION was on the horizon (http://www.hnia.org/?p=343) and she suggested switching the quest for the perfect muffins receipe to a quest for the “In-Your-Face” winning hotdish receipe.  Within seconds the ending was written in my head, and on paper shortly after that.  All that was left was to change any and all references to muffins.
    Inspiration comes from lots of places–and a wife is one of the best kinds!



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