Hey, folks! Welcome to the next “Dead Duck” episode, “Hey Judy” or “I Wanna Hold Your hand Puppet!” Here’s your trivia fix for this page…
- This was the second “Dead Duck” story I’d created, and I managed to stuff three of my favorite things into it: medieval Europe, puppetry, and The Beatles.
- Starting in 1999, I drew most of my artwork with Micron Pigma Markers. When I drew this page in 2007, it was the last time I drew with that pen, because I noticed the .08 (my most commonly use pen) bled as if I were drawing on toilet paper. From page two of this story and still to this day, I draw all my comics with Faber Castell Pitt Pens, which don’t bleed at all.
- Another pen that I used frequently throughout “Dead Duck” was the Sharpie permanent marker in various thicknesses. I mostly used them for panel borders or for thick lettering. Within the past two years I quit using them in my art, since they do bleed, their smell gives me a headache, and the ink turns purple on the page after a couple years.
- I chose the year 1662 for this story because that’s the year Signor Bologna (yes, he was a real person) first brought his “Punch and Judy” puppet show to England. I fudged history just a bit by putting him in Liverpool, just to better connect the story with The Beatles.
- Though I’d been a fan of puppetry and Punch and Judy for many years, I was partly inspired to do a story concerning Punch and Judy after having read the graphic novel “The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch” by Neil Gaiman (Vertigo, 1994).