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LXG 1933 No.2

Here’s another installment of my mashup comic, featuring various characters from 1930’s comics and stories, as though there were a league of extraordinary gentlemen from that era, using other people’s ideas that are in no way in the public domain.

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The inspirations should be fairly obvious, at least to people as nerdy about old comics as me. Popeye and Oolong the parrot are borrowed from Thimble Theatre, and Archibald Haddock is from Tintin (though I don’t think he’s met Tintin at this point?)

The Yellow Kid is one of the earliest reoccurring cartoon characters. The mysterious shadow is from the Green Turtle, the story of which is excellently recounted in The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, (heartily recommended, go buyit)

All the background faces are cribbed from my Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper comics, mostly from Dick Tracy. Apologies that the asian character looks very time period appropriate, IE, stupid.

This was a really fun thing to draw.

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Expect more of these type comics as I have the time, I have at least three more ideas.

And in case you missed it, here’s the first one:

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Birthday Penguins

as per my annual tradition, started almost 1 year ago, I asked my friends to draw me pictures of Penguins Riding Dinosaurs, truly the greatest subject matter ever. Here is the lovely pile I received, from some truly awesome folks. Thank you so much! Everybody else I know who didn’t sent me a penguin, I say this unto you: HMF! PenguinPals Latebreaking: My friend Timo drew me another one after I posted this article! Timo Double Late breaking Double News! More Dinosaurs! 10346318_498876913582362_542069049843264055_n

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1936

This bit of random fancomicry is based on an AMAZING dream I had the other night.

Basically, it’s the same basic theory as Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil’s brilliant comic series, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which takes famous characters and mashes them together, only I’m using different people in a different period of time.

This is the 1930’s, and the characters are of course, Tintin, Indiana Jones, and the Red Skull. This would never be possible as an official book, because of rights issues (and I feel League works best using public domain characters, where you can actually use the characters names) but I thought it was cool, and really enjoyed drawing it. Needless to say, characters © their respective creators, no infringitude intended.

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If I get good response, lotsa shares and comments, I’ll draw more. Lots more.

 

 

Magic 2.0

Today only, my friend Scott Meyer’s second novel ‘Spell or High Water’ is an amazon special bargain deal thing, and you can get it for just $1.99. Of course, you should read the first book first, but if you buy them both, it still averages out to an amazing deal.

I’ve really enjoyed this series, and not just because I know the guy writing it. I’d read them even if I hated his guts, because they’re well done. That’s my policy. (I don’t hate his guts. I don’t love his guts either, they’re guts. I suppose I’m in favor of his internal organs, but that’s as far as I’ll go. This parenthetical aside got away from me…)

The book is Humorous and nerdy, they appeal to the sort of reader who enjoys knowing that the author has given the subject too much thought. It has a consistent and well explained approach to the whole concept magic, different than anything I’ve seen before. Basically, magic in this series is just another form of computer programing, and you have to write code to get the magic to do what you want, with all of the errors and hacking and computery problems derived thereof. 

I drew a piece of fanart from the book of one of the main characters, who I think would be played by David Mitchell if they ever made this book into a movie. I don’t think my drawing matches the image in the author’s head (because he said as much when I emailed it to him) but it’s definitely Good Enough TM.

 

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I originally drew him with glasses, because he has the sort of personality of someone who’s eyes don’t work 100%, but I was told he does not wear glasses, so I deglassed them.

 

Scott also writes and draws the webcomic Basic Instructions, which eagle eyed readers might remember, I published a collection of! It taught me the lesson that I am not great at all the publishey things not related to the designing of the front cover, for which I am eternally… what’s the word? Grateful? No… spiteful. No… somewhere inbetween gratitude and spite. Spatitude. No, that sounds like I’m wearing spats… which I am, Scrooge McDuck style, directly over my feet.

I think Scott won’t mind me saying that Novelist is a brilliant choice for him, as his sense of humor is based around Lots of Words, a style which can get a bit claustrophic in a four panel strip, but works quite well in 200 pages. His novels are fast, full, and funny. Check ’em out.