Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the first installment of this "Dead Duck" episode, "A TALE OF UDDER IMPORTANCE!" Here's your trivia fix:

  • Even though it's just a two page story, I did a lot of research for it. Exploring Norse folklore was a blast, but most significantly, I strived to draw a cow that really looked like a cow, and not the knock-kneed representation of a cow that Disney set the cartoon standard with in the 30's. It feels weird to say, but I'm very proud of my cow.
  • I can't recall how I was inspired to write this story. I'm sure I wanted to do something with Norse mythology, and probably came across the god-making cow in my research, and that got everything rolling. I do recall, however, that a panel from a "Hellboy" story, where it showed a giant, ghostly rhino rising up out of the mist, inspired the fourth panel, with Audumla towering over Dead Duck and Zombie Chick. It's been stated plenty of times that Mike Mignola's work influenced "Dead Duck". I doubt he'd give a crap to hear that, but for better or for worse, that's how it is.
  • It's reasons like this that I wrote in that clause in the Minion rules that J.P. could instruct a minion to prevent a death in the most extreme of circumstances. Though I'm starting to think that I wrote this story before I wrote "The Dogma of Dead Duck". So maybe I wrote the clause because of this story. It's kinda like putting the cart before the cow, so to speak.
  • I love the gag where Dead Duck has an exclamation point above his head, and Zombie Chick has a pound sign. I saw a gag like that when I was a kid reading Cracked Magazine, and a donkey had a word balloon above its head with * in it. I don't know why that tickled me so much, but it kind of inspired this gag.

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