Posts Tagged ‘Comic books’

Nerdmobile

October 27, 2008

Watching the old Batman TV show I always wondered why the villains didn’t just follow the Batmobile back to the Batcave. Or to a tent at a local Harley Davidson dealership. That’s where I found it – right next to Evel Knievel’s gold motorcycle. (He didn’t use it on jumps – just tooling around town.)

Speaking of the Big E, he was the real live superhero of my 70’s childhood. For a long time I didn’t even know he was real. His was just a name parents would invoke when you were doing something hazardous and stupid – “Don’t be an Evel Knievel.” Then, when I was in junior high, he showed up on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. After that I couldn’t get enough. I even have a copy of the cheesy George Hamilton-starring bio-pic just because it has real jump (and crash) footage in it. (You can find it at many of your finer dollar stores.)

Not a Toy Story rip-off (really)

September 14, 2008

In the summer of 1995 I was working on a yet another comic strip. It was about talking toys. That November the movie “Toy Story” came out and and I had to continually explain that I came up with this idea before the movie and that my concept is not like Toy Story and blah, blah, blah… And I’m still explaining to this day.

“Jack N. Box” is about four toys not in a kid’s bedroom, but out in a Krazy Kat-like nowhere-land. It’s basically about four different personalities and how they interact: Jack – a nice-guy jack-in-the-box, Bernice – a surly rag doll, Scott – an eager, kid-aged pull-toy and Haniball – an angry, angry ball. The comic strip got a bit of interest from one of the syndicates. I did some more strips for them but it didn’t go any further.

I really liked the characters and the concept, so when a colleague approached me about doing something for the monthly color comics insert of Editorial Humor (a Boston publication), I dusted off my fav. (You can see some samples here.) But, alas, that didn’t last very long.

I ended up doing a couple of “Jack” comic book short stories for a few friends’ compilations and found that it really worked better in a longer form. I’m working on a full-length “Jack” graphic novel now, but in the meantime, I’ve put together these shorter stories, weaving in some newer material, in a comic book that you can find here or at SPX or if you run into me on the street.