Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the latest installment of this "Dead Duck" episode, "THE BALLAD OF THE LOTTO"! Here's your trivia fix:

  • Uncle Segar is another tribute to "Popeye" creator E.C. Segar.
  • This was the first time I'd used a digital font for a Dead Duck story. I wanted this to look like a classic folk tale ballad like you'd see in an old publication, and using a font (Mirisch, one of my favorites) rather than using my own hand lettering, just seemed like a better fit for that.
  • I worked for several years in my home town's parks and rec department, and I based the train depot I drew here on the depot we had in one of our parks. The park's train was miniature, however, so this design is something of my own invention.
  • Rather than leave Rooster an obvious fortune, like jewels or gold, I felt it would be funnier to have the loot be a trunk of baseball cards. Though I was never a collector, I had plenty of friends who treated their card collections like the lost ark of the covenant.
  • That jagged yellow lighting behind Rooster in the middle panel is a tribute to cartoonist Mike Mignola, who used such visual devices in the pages of "Hellboy".
  • I love the stark blackness of the bottom panel. Drawing the story like this taught me a lot about using light and dark to tell stories, which has helped Dead Duck grow visually from my earliest stories.
  • For awhile, I debated which card game I should have the group play. I chose Go Fish because it sounded funny in conjunction with gambling, and because it was the only card game I ever had a handle on. My memories of playing Go Fish with my cousin Tory on our great grandparent's living room floor are pretty golden.

See you on the next page!

--Jay