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Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Blue Kid, 1&2

When I was in my 20s, I did this strip called, "The Blue Kid". I posted one a week on my website at the time, I'm not sure how many I did in total, maybe a dozen or so. Recently I decided to redraw some of those old strips. This is the first one. It's meant to be a double page spread--I'm doing this with the idea towards eventual publication in two colors--blue and red, doing seperations as I go. I've been having trouble committing to projects, and this is written very episodically, with each segment resolved in a short number of pages. It's less intimidating this way--it's not so sprawling that if I abandon it in the middle I won't have something to show for my effort, and at the moment I need a project that will bolster my confidence.

What I like about the strip and the character is that it's more of a pure cartoon world, like Peanuts or Jim Woodring's Frank, with it's own logic and it's own rules. The "town" is an abstract concept, sort of like the adults in Peanuts--it has a mostly implied presence--but I won't try to analyze it to much, it is what it is. The strip will be drawn simply, and I'm going to try to avoid getting too illustrative. Another model for this strip is Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon, and of course, Winnie the Pooh.