Welcome back to the second installment of “Dead Duck: The Soul-Taker’s Apprentice!” Dig what you’re seeing so far? Go ahead and click “Like” on the Facebook icon and tell your friends about “Dead Duck”! And feel free to leave some comments on this page, too! In the meantime, here's your trivia fix for this issue...

  • I had briefly considered having the trapper and the cowskull serve as reoccurring comic relief characters in "Dead Duck". In the end, I felt the comic could have no better comedic duo than Dead Duck and his sidekick Zombie Chick, and left it at that.
  • During the almost twenty year developmental period leading up to "Dead Duck's" publication, I went through several versions of death before deciding on the final look and name of J.P. Yorick. So while this is technically J.P.'s first appearance in the book, he was fully developed in 1996 when I tried to develop "Dead Duck" as a syndicated comic strip.
  • I'm a huge pop culture nerd, particularly where movies are concerned. And though I realize it's a risk to use an indie film from 1996 ("Slingblade", written, directed by and starring Billy Bob Thornton) as the punchline for a joke, this isn't the only obscure movie reference you'll find in "Dead Duck". Not by a long shot.
  • Like the previous page I posted, I scanned in the original artwork for this page and gave it a fresh coloring job, as well as giving it a photographed sky background. While I do plan on giving a spit-polish to many of these old pages that I post, I typically won't do a major overhaul on them as I have here. These two pages were just a bit more of an eyesore for me, and felt I could do them a better turn in coloring them than I did four years ago.
  • The painted mesa I mentioned was inspired by the mesa that Joe Stork lives on in the classic comic strip, "Krazy Kat" (King features, 1913-1944

--Jay