Friday, September 26, 2008

Eightball Versus Candy Blondell

My Eightball character is making a guest appearance this week in the long-running Candy Blondell comic strip. The strip is drawn by the highly talented, Luisa Felix who lives way out east in Hoboken , NJ. Check out page 18 here. Luisa, who is a big fan of the strip says Eightball will appear twice more in his role as "plush toy number two". Candy herself appeared as a subliminal product placement in a Rabbits Against Magic strip back on September 11th.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Vintage Rabbit Machine

Here's a strip that will run in October. The last panel took a bit of work. I spent a substantial (and probably unnecessary) amount of time researching old comic styles. Originally I wanted to do a Victorian political cartoon style but space restrictions and my lack of drawing skills made me turn to George Herriman's pre-Krazy Kat strip "Baron Bean". The mouse at the front of the animal line came out looking way too much like Ignatz, even though I wasn't trying. There is so much comicana (action lines, clouds, sweat beads, dotted eyesight lines) in those old comics. The minimalist influence of Peanuts did away with a lot of that. However, I miss the exaggerated body positions, Vaudevillian theatrics and detailed shading.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Rabbit on a Hot Tin Roof

Today I found myself a month ahead on the strip so I took a few minutes to mess around with some different character styles. This one seems like it would make a cute watch. One month ahead (31 daily strips) is about as far ahead as I like to be. I just did the math and figured out that if I only did five days a week instead of seven I would be nearly four months ahead. Come to think of it if I'd gone weekly from the start I'd be three years ahead. The lesson here is that being too far ahead leaves you too much time on your hands.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Still Krazy

As the Giants finish off another dreadful season I kill my time between innings reading vintage Krazy Kat comics. There is no doubt in my mind (and many others) that Krazy Kat is the greatest comic strip ever (Pogo in second place trails a fair way behind). I therefore hesitated to soil the integrity of George Herriman by using his characters in a Rabbits strip. However, I liked copying his raw scratchy style. It's customary when you do this sort of character theft to write "Apologies to [insert artist's name]" somewhere in the frame but seeing as he died in 1944 I just added a copyright notice so his syndicate doesn't call me... although I'm still waiting to hear back from them after sending them a submission package several weeks ago.