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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year

First post of the year... and I've got a resolution or two. First one is, I'm going to attempt to post something every day this year, even if it's just a sketch - I've come to understand that, in times when  cartoonists can't expect to have their own comic book series, a website is the nearest thing most of us will ever get to our own one-man anthology. So the goal is to post 365 posts this year, with artistic content in each post. If I skip a day, I play catch-up next day. No slacking! Hopefully I'll find time to do an original strip or two along with the sketches and miscellaneous illustrations.

Resolution Two: to at least write and thumbnail, and ideally complete, a personal long-form project, outside of the direct-market comic-shop model I've been clinging to for the last couple of years. Hopefully I'll still be working there a bit - it pays the bills , after all - but doing something personal that isn't compromised by commercial considerations is important to me, and I need to jump back into that with some urgency. The universe has been reminding me of mortality over the last couple of years in a big way, with serious family illnesses and so forth. Time to stop mucking about!

So here's the first piece of the year - the cover to Popeye #12, the final issue. It guest-stars Billy DeBeck's great strip star of the 20s and 30s,  Barney Google, who's a bit of a personal obsession - I'm really thrilled to be working on a Barney story, the first one not to feature that irritating little tick Snuffy Smith for about three quarters of a century.

More tomorrow!


8 comments:

  1. No! Not the Final issue! Say it ain't so!

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    1. 'Fraid so. To be fair, I'm delighted we got this far - we were originally supposed to be doing a four-issue series, so twelve is pretty good going.

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  2. Twelve seems to be your number; The Muppets ongoing, Snarked and now Popeye. As long as there's always a 'next' series I suppose I shouldn't complain. I'm still waiting for the next issue of Rick Geary's Bronte sisters comic. If I have to wait a couple years for Snarked II, so be it.

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  3. Believe me, I've noticed! I'd love to break the Twelve Issue Curse one of these days...

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    1. You know what? Screw the curse. Surf on it. Do a zodiac based series. How about an all-Apostle 'Ocean's 11' type adventure? "Labors of Hercules Monthly"? You know how hard it is to establish a brand these days? Exploit it. It should be working for you, mate, not the other way around.

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  4. So did IDW have to license Barney Google and Sparkplug too, or is the character in public domain?

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    1. I believe the first couple of years of the strip are in public domain, but from 1923-up they're still protected. Or something like that. But IDW got King Features to sign off on it (they claim ownership of Popeye and Barney both, at least in the US), so I'm pretty sure we're okay.

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Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist responsible for The Muppet Show Comic Book, Thor the Mighty Avenger, Snarked! and Fred the Clown. Would like to save the world through comics.