Sit Down Shut Up: “High School Musical Musical”

The final first-run episode of the series.  Maybe it’ll get a second life eventually in eternal reruns on Adult Swim or Comedy Central or something.  Fun fact:  the song that Helen and Andrew sings after she rappels onto the stage was originally written to be “The End” by The Doors, but I guess they couldn’t get the permissions to use it.
(Edited to remove dead Hulu link, 12/27/09.)

Blast From The Past: Woman With A Really Big Gun (plus: bonus Leela!)

 Woman with a big gun

I was rummaging through my old portfolios recently and I came across this old thing, drawn with marker on bristol board.  Lessee, big gun?  Check.  Pouches?  Check.  Inexplicable leg and arm straps?  Check.  Big clunky space boots?  Check.  Impossible female anatomy?  Check.

It must be the ’90s!

1997, to be exact.  Let’s hear it for a slightly more than half-assed attempt to draw in the “Image style”.  No wonder my comics career never took off.  Look at that big gun, the perspective’s all messed up on it.  And never mind that her left arm is horrifically short (or, rather, just not properly foreshortened).  Still, the picture has its charms, I suppose.

Now that I look at it, this big-gunned woman has a little bit of a Leela vibe to her.  So here’s my 2009 version of the drawing, done with the pencil tool on Sketchbook.  I’m still trying to get Leela on model, so forgive me.  But I think I finally fixed that big gun, maybe.

Leela with a big gun

Blast From The Past: Tatters

From around 1995, Tatters was a one-shot written by Steven Jones and drawn by me, published by Caliber Press.  Tatters was kind of an odd duck of a comic, part gothic superhero book, part government conspiracy story, with some sci-fi elements and a dystopian future thrown in for good measure.  But the book will always be known to me as (as far as I know) the first comic to model a character after Samuel L. Jackson.  Pulp Fiction was hot at the time, and so I drew in Jackson’s and Travolta’s characters from the movie as the comic’s hard-luck hitmen Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, as a joke.  (The characters are named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.  You can figure out what happens to them.)

As I understand it, editorial at Caliber wanted to avoid legal problems with celebrity likenesses, and so a goatee was added to the Travolta character, drawn directly onto my artwork.  But Sam Jackson in all his Jules-ian glory remained unaltered, and therefore I think I can brag that I was the first to use Jackson as a comic character.  In these days where nearly every mainstream comic has celebrity stunt casting, and where a Jackson-based character became such a mainstay of an entire comic book line that Jackson himself had to play the movie version of that character (I’m looking at you, Ultimate Nick Fury), I feel totally vindicated.

Maybe later I’ll put up a scan of the Jackson/Travolta caricatures, but right now, here’s the opening prologue of Tatters.  Click on the thumbnails to see the larger scans, taken directly from my original art, inked entirely oldschool with a combination of brushes and Rapidograph pens, and lettered by hand.  Pasteups by rubber cement.

Tatters pg 1Tatters pg 2Tatters pg 3

(Sorry, I had to split pgs. 2 and 3 due to WordPress file size limitations.  They’re meant to be seen as one piece.)