BRIAN BASTIAN: This is probably the most realistic moment in the book…well the bowing down part anyway. I’d totally have bowed down if that had happened to me. And then it’s followed by one page of more or less filler. It’s just setting up the next page.
DANK: As I mentioned before, Brian gave a me a couple of ideas of what he had in mind for AVID READER’s look to be. I remember one of them was a guy in a book suit, which I did some test drawings of. They turned out okay, but when I tried drawing the demonized book, it just looked kinda stupid. My train of thought then focused on creating the DEMON first, and then the ‘safe’ version. What I decided was that this story was set in a comic shop–and a SUPERHERO-centric one at that. What I decided was that if super-villains really existed the one you just would NOT want to run into in real life is Venom. What a creepy fuck Venom would be in real life (and I’m talking the McFarlane-era Venom, not the shitty SPIDER-MAN 3 one). So I decided the demon would have Venom-ish qualities to fit into the surroundings, and it was from there I came up with making AVID READER an old-fashioned Little Old Lady Librarian. Plus the joke on page 3 of Avid Reader being a GUY in the suit took on a whole new dimension. Overall, I like how it turned out (that panel of AVID READER shooting fire-beams from its eyes however…). FUN FACT!–I was reading a collection of the DARWYN COOKE’s ‘THE SPIRIT’ when I drew this, ergo the SPIRIT poster.
ALSO: BUD BURGY has really been hitting the pages for CONTINIUITY GUY: CHRONO CHOAS out of the cosmic park. Be sure to check in on it as he updates a new page weekly(ish).
AND: Speaking of Bud, I was with him this weekend co-hosting the latest episode of THE GEEK REPORT (along with LANCE WARD and ATHENA CURRIER). This week’s guest was KEVIN CANNON and we chatted with him and ran down our personal ‘TOP 5″ lists of geek reverence.
FINALLY: Both BRIAN BASTIAN and myself will be IN PUBLIC and SELLING OUR COMICS (including the all-new collection for the TOMMY CHICAGO mini-series we did together) at separate events this SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16th! I will be at the TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL in Minneapolis, and Brian will be at FALLCON in St Paul. Stop by either–or both!