Here’s a comic book that my buddy and brilliant artist Keith Hewett and I wrote in high school during Anatomy class (circa 1993). I later made xerox copies of it in my church’s office to distribute and sell for Keith’s cigarette money (did I get anything out of it??).
The conceit in creating a comic book this way was that we both would start out drawing on separate pages without discussion or planning, and then trade with one another after a panel or two drawn. We started on page one and page seven, separately, and over time had to weave everything together into some kind of pre-Nolan coherence.
Here ya go.
Mr. Shuffles (PDF download)
A few years back, I was working on a project with Three Post and my buddy Carlos, now with Greater Than, for Lenovo. Lenovo was just about to acquire IBM’s low-end server business, and we were working on some advertising content for the transition.
In the end, Lenovo didn’t go through with it for some reasons other than our work, but I had alot of design sketches done, and Carlos had converted the finished drawings into flash animation.
The idea behind the series is that there’s this character named Walt (who seems to be channelling a bit of Milton from Office Space) who does everything in an old-school manner. He lives in a “world without servers”. We were toying with the idea of what things might be like without servers… which kind of means everything collapses.
I don’t think we’d gotten the series to the point of elegance yet, but I like some of the ideas that were emerging.
Below are links to some of the initial sketches I did. I’ll see if I can find some of the more developed ideas as well.
Hard Drive Crash
A summer back in the good old US of A after my first year living in China… finding my trusty old Sharpie and some paper in the old barn/studio at my parents’ home, I got to work on some new additions to the old series.
Old Redd is back to being a dog and there are some new sections, not-so-surprisingly: “Adventures of Living in Asia” and “Adventures of Middle-Aged Single Guy”.
I’m hoping one of the four readers of my blog with have a guffaw.
Back in high school, a friend and I collaborated on a comic book in Anatomy class instead of listening to the lectures. We didn’t know what the comic book would be about, but simply worked on different pages, drawing a few boxes at a time, then trading off with one another to continue what the other had started. In time we somehow developed characters and brought all the events together in a [somewhat] coherent narrative. And Mr. Shuffles was born. If I remember correctly, Keith traded copies to a local c-store for cigarettes, and the c-store somehow sold them. We sold a few copies around the school, too. Off to different things after high school, we began a sequel, corresponding by mail. That sequel is still twenty years in the making.
Here’s a strip I made some years ago on stripcreator.com.
It still makes me laugh.
Adventures of Redd the Dog.
I penned this series in my lap circa 2008, between the end of my graduate school studies in acting and a move to New York City.
During that interim period I was working part-time installing security systems w/ a French-Jewish friend of my father who provided some great source material for the earlier part of the series: Adventures of Security Installation.
A Papermate felt-tipped pen and an old sketchpad filled the time driving between jobs. All true. For the most part.