Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the next installment of this “Dead Duck” episode, “THE DOGMA OF DEAD DUCK!” Here’s your trivia fix:
- There was so much emotional catharsis at work as I drew this page. So much cruelty I’d seen done, so much anger I’d felt, such a thirst for retribution…it all came pouring out on this page, which, at the time, was a huge technical achievement for me in terms of hand drawn and digital art.
- An a technical note, I really liked the design of the stove. I had no visual reference in mind per se, but I thought of director Terry Gilliam describing the kitchen in the fantasy novels, “The Gormenghast Trilogy”, (by Mervyn Peake), and I think that might have influenced the design.
- I’ve rarely drawn someone’s death in anything but a comical context, so this was a fascinating challenge for me. I drew upon so many dramatic movie deaths, particularly those from the ends of “Raiders of the lost Ark” and “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade”.
- As the steam rises from the extinguished fire place, and the villain’s ashes scatter into the atmosphere, it’s my hope that it’s a visualization of the reader’s own sigh of relief, seeing that Zombie Chick is safe and sound, if a bit shaken.
- Dead Duck has never been as concerned or protective of Zombie Chick as he has in this story. So to anyone who’s previously believed that he was ambivalent towards her, I hope this proves otherwise. There’s real love there.
See you on the next page!