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:
- It would have been easy enough to tie up the loose plot thread of why the weird deaths occurred once every five years. But ultimately I felt it was funnier and truer to the nature of “Dead Duck” to respond to it with an inconclusive gag. Plus, that line about conflicting with the Olympics cracks me up every time.
- Though it’s been used a lot throughout this story. I should mention my fading of background elements in certain panels. It was my attempt to create depth of field, and I still use similar methods in my art today. I would select the black lines of the background characters, create a new layer and color those lines in white on that overlapping layer, then on the same layer color everything within those lines white. I’d then bring down the opacity, resulting in the faded look you see here. It works, but in retrospect, I wish I’d faded out the trees behind the girls as well.
- Again, it would have been easy to tie up the loose plot thread of Argus killing Aggie, making it two deaths and breaking the “one death every five years” tradition. But seeing as how Argus was coming back to life anyway, the cycle had already been broken. And it was so much more satisfying to explain things with a gag. “Scabies” is one of the funnier sounding diseases, in my opinion.
- You can’t have a “Dead Duck” story, no matter how funny, without some moments of tenderness. I particularly like how Dead Duck’s friends rally around him in this bottom panel. Still, you shouldn’t try to escape the humor entirely, and Argus’ little victory dance is as much a hoot to see as it was to draw. His little explanation at the end was, I think, a last minute addition as I drew the page. Leave it to me to milk a gag until the udder runs dry.
- Who’s that leather clad gent popping into the left side of the last panel? if you’re a regular reader of “Dead Duck”, then you should be able to guess. If not, what the heck are you doing here now? Go back and re-read the entire run of this comic so it makes sense!
See you on the next page!