Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the last installment of this “Dead Duck” episode, “DAYS END”! Here’s your trivia fix:

  • I’ve lived in apartments for the past eleven years, and they all share characteristics of what I drew here. Draw what you know, I guess. If my characters ever start living in mansions, you’ll know I’ve become a success.
  • At the time I drew this, Vernors Ginger Ale and Cherry Coke were my two favorite brands of pop, so it was a natural choice to have my characters drink variations of it. These days I’m exclusively a diet Pepsi guy (which aided my 40 pound weight loss in a ten month period, along with daily walking), but I’d probably still have my characters drinking full-sugar sodas. It’s not like they can die from it, after all.
  • Next to cheeseburgers, pizza is my favorite food that I could eat at any time, no matter the situation. It’s probably not a coincidence that two of my favorite foods are also the most fun to draw.
  • Even though cell phones had pretty much wiped out landlines are the predominant form of home phone usage when I drew this story, I wear my old school preferences on my sleeve, and made sure to draw a circa 1990?s cordless phone mounted on the wall. It was just one more clue towards Zombie Chick’s own obsession with outdated technology, seen in other stories as well. For further evidence, dig the rabbit ears on her TV in the bottom panel.
  • “Pretty In Pink” (John Hughes, 1986) and “Howard The Duck” (Willard Huyck, 1986) are two of my favorite 80?s flicks, and both have connections to “Dead Duck”. “Howard The Duck” was based off the Marvel comic book series from the 70?s, and along with the movie, was a double shot of inspiration towards my creation of Dead Duck. In “Pretty In Pink”, Molly Ringwald’s character is pined for by a loveable dork named Ducky, which is what inspired me to have Zombie chick nickname Dead Duck as such.
  • I think this story encapsulates Dead Duck and Zombie Chick’s relationship better than any other that I’ve ever drawn. They’re goofy, affectionate friends, possibly a little uneven on one side where the extent of that affection is concerned, but with a bond stronger than death. In the end, they can cuddle on the couch with snacks and a bad movie and all is right in the world. I love that about these two.

See you on the next page!

–Jay