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Kazazzic Park

Pouring over the Taschen book, PALEO ART (a collection of dinosaur paintings and prehistoric scenes) I got inspired by the early dinosaur art where the artists did not have much scientific information to draw from. So they just made stuff up (like lizard men, etc.). I decided to make a prehistoric diorama of my own using the cartoon creatures from my imagination. And here it is: KAZAZZIC PARK. One fun thing that happens whenever I push my design is that I often find new characters that then get up and walk onto future Underworld strips.

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This one is about dreaming. Whenever I dream that I’m flying, I often become aware that I’m in a dream (Lucid Dreaming) and suddenly I’m awake. I designed the second panel so that the tree seems to “lift” or “boost” the bird higher up in the panel. In panel three I’ve got the bird almost as high as it can go so that the sudden short drop in panel four sets up fall back down to Earth in panel five. Using an extra long word balloon stem also helps to create the illusion that the bird fell from high up.

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Single Panel Gag Cartoon

Here’s my attempt at doing a single panel gag cartoon. When I was 16 I got it into my head that I would be a single panel gag cartoonist. I figured that getting paid for doing one drawing was much better than getting the same pay for for a multi-panel comic strip (and would take less time). I learned real fast how difficult doing a single panel cartoon really was. I mean, doing one that’s truly funny. I admired B. Kliban and Sam Gross’ cartoons so much that I wanted to be a part of this art form. So from time to time I take a crack at it. Here’s a cartoon that just came to me while sitting in a bar but I could never find a line to go with it and just decided to have no line. But having no line still seems unfinished. Who should be talking here? Maybe I’ll find the right line on my deathbed.

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Little Wuss

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.  

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New Underworld Strip. Underworld.

So there are two things going on here. Snuff has obviously drunk so much that he’s in a black out. When you’re in a black out you don’t know you are. The people around you don’t know you are because you act normal (though tipsy). But your brain can’t make the memories of what you’re

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New Underworld Strip. Creep Rat.

Is it weird? I’ve always loved freckles. I had ‘em as a kid. Still have ‘em on my shoulders. I like the word. Freckles. It’s fun to say. But mostly I liked girls with freckles. A few years ago I was trying to explain it to a friend when I said that I liked that

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