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 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.
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.