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SOME TRIVIAL BACKSTORY FOR COMPLETISTS:
San Diego Convention, 1997. I had my first LCD mini-comic with me.
It was a jack-off, a goof. Good, old-fashioned smutty humor, like fourth-graders like to tell.
I like to think the drawings are a bit better, but...
Anyway, my friend Marie Javins had a copy with her at some after-show party Thursday night.
Garth Ennis is nearby and the comic makes its way to him and a bunch of other Irish/Brit comics folks,
and the rest, as they say, is history...
Brits are almost duty-bound to love potty humor.
I don't know why, nor do I care, because they have been my most consistent supporters from day one.
God bless 'em all!
From that day forth, Garth and I began discussing a way that we could work together. A PREACHER special (featuring Bob and Freddy, THE SEX DETECTIVES) was mentioned. His editor, Axel Alonso, was now an LCD convert, gung-ho for me to do it. Garth sent a preliminary plot. I liked it. I waited for news.
Meanwhile, Garth had turned on a certain lout named Jim McLauchlin from Wizard magazine to my mini-comic. Jim loved it, too. When he was putting together a few goofy "ads" for a particular issue, he asked Garth and Steve Dillon (PREACHER artist extraordinaire) to do a Preacher-based ad spoof of the old Hostess pie ads, featuring various DC and Marvel characters. I'm sure you remember them. Lame, but funny in that "Everything from the '70's is golden" way.
Anyway, for deadline reasons, neither Garth nor Steve could muster a one-page strip. They suggested me, and the piece was done. It is shown below in black and white, as well as the final color version featured in Wizard.
As a final note, the PREACHER special was kiboshed. For reasons which still elude me given the very dark and very gratuitous nature of the monthly Preacher book, Garth's plot was rejected by somebody at DC. Rather than make the changes requested, Garth elected to drop it entirely, much to our mutual dismay.
As a professional artist, you have to get used to the fact that things fall through and even the sweetest-seeming dream project can quickly go sour. It's a drag, but that's life.
As my consolation prize, I was offered a pin-up in issue 50 of Preacher.
My initial sketch , though loved by Garth and Axel both, was rejected.
In the interests of full-disclosure, I will soon post my sketch here for you to see. It's pretty funny, I think.
Anyway, the final version in black and white is below.
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1998. Another San Diego came and went, and another issue of LCD was a hit at the show. Garth and I continued to plot for some kind of collaboration.
A few months later, Axel called me with an 8-page story for a new horror/suspense anthology, FLINCH.
A story about the sinking of the Titanic, based on a dream Garth had had. I said I was "onboard" (ugh), and the rest, as the say, is tragedy...