Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the next installment of this “Dead Duck” episode, “ALL ALONG THE LUNCH COUNTER”, or, “All Quiet on the Western Omelette!” Here’s your trivia fix:
- Again, I’m very proud of the passing of time in these panels. I attribute it to studying European cartoonists like Moebius and Dave Gibbons who really knew how to draw the tiny blips in a moment’s radar.
- Gavrilo’s expression in the third panel was totally inspired by a scene in “The Road To Perdition” (2002), where the gangter Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) delivers a note to speakeasy owner Tony Calvino (Doug Spinuzza). Unbeknownst to Michael, the note says that if Tony kills Michael then and there, that all his debts to the mob are paid. The look in actor Doug Spinuzza’s face, as it slowly twists from confusion, to gradual realization, then cold blooded hatred without speaking a word, is awe inspiring. I had that in mind to the end as I drew this panel.
- German lugers are about the only type of pistol I can draw from memory. I used to have an orange and purple squirt gun when I was a kid that was in that style of gun. It wasn’t until years after that I realized how weird it was that they sold a gun based on what German soldiers used.
- It was with this story that I started realizing the subtle nuances you could get from drawing eyelids. I’ve always been capable of drawing the heavy lidded expression to show boredom or skepticism. But around this time I began noticing how animators drew bottom lids to show fear and sadness. It really helped me convey the shock and horror that Franz and his wife must have been experiencing, as well as the hatred that Gavrilo must have felt.
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