Mr. Shuffles (free e-comic book download)

Artwork, Comics, Writing

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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)

Mr. Shuffles

Artwork, Comics

Shuffles Cover

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.