These are the tales of the SOUTHPAW SWEDE–a rough and tumble lawman of morals and fisticuffs during the Great Depression(and beyond!). The stories contained within first appeared in JUST ADD INK (2010), WEIRD ILLUSTRATED (2005), and in the LUTEFISK SUSHI ‘B’ box (2006).
Secret Agent C*H*E*F and Rosie the Crime Fighter break up a meeting of Nazi-loyalists in a mob-run diner…
So what happens next, you ask?! Well there is no more, so let your imagination go WILD! But, sadly, JUST ADD INK is now just a thing of the past. A years worth of work condensed into one evenings release party and a month-long art show. A month which unfortunately has come to a close. So where do we go from here? What does the future hold. Well…
MIX! The Minneapolis Indie Xpo is NOVEMBER 5th and 6th and I am PUUUUUUUUUMPED! Not only because last years inaugural show was so wonderful, but because this one promises to be even bigger and better with an AMAZING guest line up. I’ll be there tabling so that kinda taints the affair, but I have been working my ass off to make sure I have plenty to show for my last years worth of efforts. There is (finally!) the MANLY TALES OF COWARDICEcollection that will debut at MIX aaaaaaaaaaand an all-new SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE book!!! See:
So whats in the SUPERMARKET VIGILANTE book? First off there is an ALL-NEW 52 page story! It also features the SMV story from 2009’s 24 Hour Comic Day (which you can find somewhere on this here comic blog. Good luck!), as well as the original 3 SMV stories from the MUSCLES AND FIGHTS anthologies–the very stories I will post RIGHT HERE in the weeks to come as we gear up to MIX and the books release! Until then–some stuff the internet didnt care for and a forgotten TOMMY CHICAGO “adventure”. Be sure to check back every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY! Or don’t!
So as fun as it was to revisit the old Swede, the bitch of JUST ADD INK was that it had to be two pages. In theory if I had stuck to the 8.5″x11″ format of the JUST ADD INK submissions my work would have been done. But I decided to clever and make it an elaborate 11″x17″ fold-out. So the Swede story you read last week actually looks in print like this:
I assure it make much more sense in the flesh. But anyway…I had another page to fill. Instead of just continuing on the above adventure with a new recipe, I decided to explore the Swede’s universe a little more and see what was there. So I stabbed in the dark at a recipe, set up that was what in Hitler’s manilla envelope, and just pretty much free-associated with the on-the-spot creation of: SECRET AGENT C*H*E*F!
So there was an insane amount of challenges when it came to doing a submission for the JUST ADD INK project. Even though I was a part of the planning quorum for JAI and had over a year to prepare mentally for it, I ended up putting off doing my submission for as long as possible. The reason being–HOW DO YOU DO A COMIC THAT’S A RECIPE?!?! If you read JAI you’ll see as many variations to answer that question as there were submissions. And there was still probably a million more ways to do it.
My original plan was to do a fairly straight forward auto-bio comic about a particularly potent pumpkin pie my roommate made once, but I never was 100% on board with that idea. Then one day I started thinking about dear old Southpaw Swede and how I had abandoned him and what, if anything, I might do with him in the future. I knew I wanted to do the ultimate cliché and have him fight Hitler, but in what way could I do it that would be more than just an extended version of the cover to Captain America (more or less)? And thats when it hit me–having the Swede battle Hitler was a scenario so basic it probably didn’t even require words. So what if it did have words, and the words were in complete juxtaposition to what was really going on in the story? What if those words were nothing more than a recipe???
All my best ideas come when I’m totally not looking for them.
JUST ADD INKhas come and gone and it was wonderful. Believe it or not the Southpaw Swede comics I’ve been posting for the last few days have all been a build-up to my JUST ADD INK submission, which was…