Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dave the Punk Rock Cat Kicks Out the Jams Page 29

Ahoy hoy.
so apologies all around to everyone who missed me at the Holiday Festival. I came down with something awful the day before and was sick in bed for four days. That shit SUUUUUCKED. I feel really bad about missing it. I feel bad if I have to miss ANY con but this one miffs me especially because I'm also missing Sac Con. That leaves only one con left this month (that I know about) that I'll be able to attend and that's something or other in SF Japantown. It's gonna be the 17th and 18th and it'll be a blast, so don't miss it.

So wow, this book is almost done. I just hope I can think of a good clincher, a way to end this story and make it seem like an actual end to the story.
I've was thinking at first that the mouse should get because that's the cliche/expected cat and mouse ending. what if Dave just straight up ate the mouse? Just, abruptly, at the end? Like he finishes telling the story and then "GLOMP" mouse is gone. That's the end. Too dark? I dunno, it's not like I'm aiming for an all-ages audience with this book anyway.

Speaking of all ages stuff, I had a concept like that going for awhile, but it got put on hold as soon as I decided that I was gonna do "The Ballad of Shootin' Jed" and follow it up swiftly with "Abyss Stares Back" and tie it off with a third Dave book. I may have talked about this once before but I talk about so much shit every week it's hard to keep track.

Anyway, the concept is something I call "Oswald the Oddball". It was a series I did wayyyy back when I was just a little Knave. Back then it was simply titled "Weirdo", but it's undergone a lot of changes since then. The thing that made me abandon it at first was that it was a collaborative project with my old friend Jia Liu, who you may know as the creator of Planet Loser and Weapon of Choice. He is now a science teacher, and doesn't really do comics anymore as far as I know. I didn't feel right about continuing a series that we began together without his blessing, so I put it out of my mind for a long time in favour of other projects. Buuuut I started getting nostalgic for the old days, back when my comics were just silly sight gags and wacky, out-of-control story arcs. This nostalgia was mainly fueled by me re-watching a lot of cartoons from my youth which helped inspire those old comics. Ren and Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, Daria, Simpsons, Invader Zim, Futurama, etc. Even more so recently by shows like Adventure Time and Regular Show. It was that sort of humour that inspired "Weirdo" back in the day, and has rekindled my urge to start working on "Oswald the Oddball" again.

So I got in touch with Jia, I hadn't spoken to him in years (facebook really is a wonderful thing), and asked him permission to use two of his original characters in my new concept (Tripe, and Glint, you'll get to see them eventually).
To my relief, he agreed. He said he was grateful that characters he created that long ago are still alive, so to speak.

So yeah! I know I'm probably not conveying the excitement nearly as much as I should, but this is a big deal to me. I am going to start re-tinkering this project very soon. Results will be up... when they are up. Fuck you, I'm a freelance cartoonist, I don't adhere to your primitive notions of "deadlines".

PEACE OUT Y'ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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