Hey folks! Welcome to the latest installment of “Dead Duck: Four Score and Seven Bullets Ago!” Here’s your trivia fix for this episode:
- I used to be totally opposed to running a copied panel side by side–albeit with slight variations–to tell a sequential story. Instead, I’d re-draw the entire panel by hand, as if I was proving something to somebody that I took the time to do this the old fashioned way. These days, I’m more prone to repeat the background while just re-drawing the character, for more crisp continuity. But in defense of the old fashioned way, it often takes me a hell of a lot longer to cut corners like this in Photoshop than to re-draw it.
- One of the coolest things to happen to me during production of “Dead Duck” was becoming friends with actor Doug Jones. Doug played Abe Sapien in the “Hellboy” movies, and Faun and the Pale Man in “Pan’s Labyrinth”, and he was kind enough to write the foreword in my “Dead Duck” graphic novel. I’ve since decided that if a live action “Dead Duck” movie were to get made, I’d lobby for Doug Jones to play Dean.
- Seriously, I often catch myself walking down the street or in the middle of a grocery store, saying phrases to myself like “Time to unkink the garden hose of history”. So much of the dialogue I put in my characters mouths originated in my own, which explains why friends say my characters sound like me, and why I get weird looks in the grocery store.
- I could have used an axe, a meat cleaver, a lawnmower blade, or any number of sharp implements. But I think it was my affection for Jason Voorhees (of “Friday The 13th” horror movie fame) that made me choose a machete.
- Whereas I find a scene like Abe’s beheading goofy and funny, my wife finds it more disturbing because it’s violence committed upon a cute cartoon character. Chalk it up to my misspent youth watching Ralph Bakshi films, I guess.
- I love Zombie Chick’s last line on this page. But it was a line I had to research before committing it to the script. I am not particularly a drinker (two beers in me and you’d think I drank a roofie milkshake), and I don’t know one shot of liquor from another. So I researched different types of shots online, and went with whatever sounded funniest to me.
Catch you on the next page!