Hey, all you necrofowliacs! Welcome to the next installment of this "Dead Duck" episode, "A MINION OF DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY"! Here's your trivia fix:

  • I suppose there may be some historical inconsistencies as to whether Philly Cheese steak sandwiches were available in Canada in the late 1800's. It could be argued that Zombie Chick brought the sandwich with her from Rigormortitropolis to eat on the way to the pick-up. But the truer explanation, and one that I've mentioned many times prior, is that anachronism rules all in "Dead Duck".
  • It's always a challenge to draw Dead Duck with anything besides a pop-eyed stare, so I'm particularly proud of the sheepish grin I gave him in the fourth panel.
  • Coloring Argus Sundry's face in the fifth panel was tricky as hell. I basically enlarged the image as big as I could, then went in with the paint bucket and dropped color into any teeny little crevice I could manage. It looks okay on the printed page, but upon close inspection, you can see that it compromised the line quality of the drawing to do it that way. It was such a task that I opted to leave Argus black and white in the following panel, rationalizing that he was burnt to a crisp anyway, and would probably be little more than a blackened husk. I sorely wish I'd had the skills and knowledge back then of using Photoshop and working in layers that I have now.
  • Hunk Socko was a fun name to create. I liked it so much that I loosely reappropriated it for a one-off character in my upcoming "Bodie Troll" comic book for the character of Hunkwood ("Hunk") the blacksmith.
  • I really like how the window shade-sillhouette turned out in the second to last panel. I had drawn it by hand and colored it all in black in pen, then ran it through Photoshop, scanned the area, and colored it in with a darker shade of blue that what I used for the window shade. I erased any remaining black lines, and went in with the mouse and cleaned up the edges of the silhouette, making them sharper. Again, this was a big technical achievement for me back then, whereas now I use a stylus and a Wacom tablet, which makes things much easier.
  • That's my wife, Laura, sitting on the stool across from Cotton Goodly. While I'm sure she appreciated the cameo, she was also well aware of my crush on actress Madchen Amick, whom Cotton was based on, so I imagine there's some mixed emotions with this panel for her.

See you on the next page!

--Jay