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New Underworld strip! Last Man On Earth. It’s been the end of the world many times for Snuff and Creep Rat. I have to admit that I love drawing post-apocalypse landscapes. No only is Creep Rat the last man on Earth (well, last rat) he’s also haunted by a schoolyard taunt. Which goes to show that no matter how old we are, we still carry our childhood scars.
Here’s a way-too sketchy comic strip I did straight in ink. It looks like I may have drooled on the first panel blotting some of the ink lines. This is a typical Underworld joke that I’ve done a couple of times. Something that seems scary and aggressive turns out to be a turn on. I usually give those jokes to Mr. Panty Fog or Creep Rat. I was trying to create a new character here, but he’s too close to my original conception of Mr. Panty Fog and I never used him again. Notice how his scale changes from panel 2 to Panel 3. I used to worry about stuff like that but I actually enjoy inconsistency now (something that a big no no in animation). Also a big no no in animation is cutting characters off at the knees which I do in the last panel. I do like the expression of the little character in the last panel as he stares at Little Wuss’ bulge.
I can’t remember if this comic strip actually made it into one of my books and I’m too lazy to flip through my books. It was in a flat file with some sad orphaned Underworld strips that I’m ashamed to republish because they were subpar. At least this joke actually works. I wish I could say the same for the drawings. The book and bookstand in the second panel are pathetic. I may have drawn this in my office at Cartoon Network when I was working on the Camp Lazlo cartoon show. I would stay late on Monday nights and draw my comic strip there so I could use the company’s copy machines. This probably came out of a real fear that drinking would make me dumber if I overdid. I still think about it. But I find that having a drink helps me forget my fear.
I’ve made three attempts to make my Underworld comic strip into a TV show. Nothing’s panned out. This was my second attempt with Snuff and Creep Rat living above and working in a pet shop. Of course I ripped off the idea from the second season of The Mighty Boosh where Vince and Howard lived above and worked in Naboo’s Nabootique. I decided the concept was way to suffocating for an Underworld cartoon show (even though I’m a fan of Bob’s Burgers). But I kind of liked this page with my ideas. Again, I love my messy, sketchy work. Why don’t I just make these sketches my finished work? Maybe I will.
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