Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the next installment of this “Dead Duck” episode, “AIN’T NO CURE FOR A SUMMERTIME BRUISE!” Here’s your trivia fix:
- I don’t know what it was, but it was so much easier for me to pull fun expressions and convey a greater range of emotions from kid Dead Duck than I could with grown up Dead Duck. While I still believe grown up Dead Duck is one of my best characters, kid Dead Duck made creating seem so effortless. And he’s a hell of a lotta fun to write for.
- Did I mention there’d be fart jokes in Dead Duck? Because there will be. Oh yes. There will be.
- “Oops again” was a phrase I borrowed from Matt Groening’s “life In Hell” comic strip. In one installment that listed the 50 types of brothers, “The Li’l Scapegoat” was seen to utter, “Oops again”. It seemed befitting of Dead Duck, who wasn’t a scapegoat, necessarily. He was just serendipitously clumsy.
- Tibor’s cabin was partly inspired by the diving tower seen in the movie “Indian Summer” (Mike Binder, 1993). “Indian Summer” is one of my favorite films, sort of a “Big Chill” meets “Meatballs” kinda flick, and along with “Meatballs”, was a big inspiration in my creation of Dead Duck’s childhood camp saga.
- I’d long wanted to do a gag where Dead Duck gets pupils drawn on him, and this story proved the perfect fit for it.
- The Bulls pennant on Tibor’s wall is a nod to Bill Murray, a born and bred son of Chicago and fan of its sports teams. As I mentioned in previous posts, Tibor is a loose parody of Bill Murray’s character Tripper from the film “Meatballs” (Ivan Reitman, 1978).
- Though my own summer camp experiences were limited to a week-long field trip in the 5th grade to a camp one town over from mine, and my three-week tour of duty as a counselor at Camp Rotary when I was eighteen, I feel the moments I’ve conveyed in this story are genuine and relatable. Certainly your first boy-girl dance in grade school is something everyone can recall, and my own experiences were at least as awkward as what Dead Duck will experience, if not more so.
See you on the next page!