Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the next installment of this "Dead Duck" episode, "DAYS END"! Here's your trivia fix:

  • I believe the orange moon I drew here may have been inspired by a similar visual found in the comic series "Moonshadow", originally published by Epic Comics, written by J.M. DeMatteis and painted by Jon J. Muth, Kent Williams and George Pratt and published between 1985-1987.
  • The Grand Guignol bouncer is a tribute to Blackie the Crow from R. Crumb's old "Fritz the Cat" underground comics. But I was admittedly a bigger fan of Ralph Bakshi's animated "Fritz" movie, and was a bit more influenced by the way Bakshi animated Blackie.
  • This story was my first opportunity to draw a bunch of Minions together, which I really looked forward to. After awhile though, I began to chafe under my rule about keeping Minions from looking more gruesome than their zombie assistants, and some of my designs may have suffered because of it. Most of these characters are fun and weird, but the horse was me scraping the bottom of the design barrel.
  • Though you can barely see him, the black-helmeted Minion in the bottom right corner is meant to be Lank, a Minion I created for my old (and never before published) "Dead Duck" comic strip from the mid 90's.

See you on the next page!

--Jay