Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dorks - The Comic Strip

Early on in 2001 for some reason I got this itch to once again work on Dorks. This time in the form of a comic strip. After having done the Caped Wonder 6 page story I still wanted to do more. I started off the Dorks strip with Caped Wonder and Longitude going at it once again. The eternal struggle between "Good" and "Evil". For those that've read Dorks, they know that Longitude is a good guy. If you read the Caped Wonder story you also know that the Caped Wonder is a superhero type. So if this is a battle between good and evil, who's on what side? Oh the questions. The questions! Well, the Dorks didn't even appear in their own strip until the tenth strip and at this point I lost interest. When I did these strips I did them as a daily venture. I would email them off to whomever was on my email list every morning...for ten mornings. Here they are again in all their glory. Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dorks - Now In Color

In high school I had a friend that hand painted a Dorks pic for me. It came out very nice and it was the first time I ever got to see my characters in full color. Sadly though I was years away from ever producing anything in color.

After high school, I was ready for the big time. I was ready to show the world that Dorks can be a real comic book with full color covers. I was finally going to do it. I can't recollect how I came about a colorist but I met a gentleman by the name of David Riske. He told me about how he was doing digital color and that he was trying to get work at the major companies. I made a deal with him to color my Dorks covers so that I could start getting them put out all professional like and stuff. The second time I met up with David Riske he showed me that he actually did a cover for Cable for Marvel comics.

When we met back up again, he not only colored my issue 4 cover, but he streamlined my logo's. The current Dorks logo that you see today is the one that he redid on his mac back in 1997. Wow, that seems ages ago no? My only complaint with him was that he inserted real items into my covers. Longitudes hat has the actual material for those types of hats, the dumpster is all rusted out. When I asked him to do the cover for issue 5 I instructed him NOT to do that again. He put in real wood for the hideout and real grass. Not to mention that he colored the sky like it was a lit window. All in all, this was the first time that the actual Dorks were in full color. I remember showing them to my oldest sister (and biggest supporter) and she just had this look on her face. I asked her if she thought it was a bad coloring job and she replied no. It was the shock of seeing them in color for the first time. She had thought that the characters were different colors like the Mr Men.

Sadly, I never did get around to making these into a color cover comic book series. I did half of issue six before quitting. Dorks never got the printed treatment that they should have, and I spent two hundred dollars for nothing.

...well, I did get some nice logo work out of it. :P

Friday, March 19, 2010

Even more Other Dorks

Here are some more drawings done by other artist of the Dorks. Enjoy.

Magnitude - Ron Stern (Agony Acres)

Attitude - Tony Maldonado (All around nice guy)

Attitude, Gratitude, Longitude, Latitude - Steve Steglin (Boondoggle)

Attitude - Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows)

Attitude - Dann Phillips (Starbomb, Kreetor, White Knife)

Attitude - Manuel Preitano (Distant, Mysteries of Bakerville)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Other Dorks

Just wanted to post other peoples drawings and doodles of Dorks throughout the years. Enjoy.

Caped Wonder - Mike Pascal (Bru-Head)

Attitude - Rhode Montijo (Pablo's Inferno)

Longitude - Jhonen Vasquez (JTHM, Squee, Invader Zim)

Magnitude - Matt Wendt (Weirdos, Great Big Pissed Off Bear, Void, Ninja Babies)

Latitude, Longitude, Attitude - Michael Kelleher (Rib)

Latitude, Gratitude - Robert DeJesus (Too many credits to list)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Fighter

After Dave Gruba asked me to contribute to Grubmaster Pieces, I went to work on getting Dorks set up for him. After much discussion with alot of people convincing me that Dave was going to steal my characters I put Dorks aside and started to polish up some of my other stuff that I didn't care too much to lose. Little do people know that before I settled on contributing Rebels, I was going to work on The Fighter.

This page is a photo copy of a work in progress (wip) page. I have no other copies nor the original to this page. I came across this as I was doing some cleaning and it was in one of my notebooks. I'd love to see the whole page again but I know that'll never happen.

Before all of these there were two full comics of Imp, later renamed Rebels, later renamed Razura. There was also a spinoff comic called Vapor. Those books included The Fighter and several other characters that never really made it past my highschool years. One day I'm still hopeful to find those pages as they were last seen at my parents home.

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Original Dorks 3

2 post in one day? Eh. I feel like I won't update for another good while so I'll get my kicks in while I can.

This is the original Dorks issue 3 cover from the original, ORIGINAL R comics series. This one featured Magnitude in a takeover of the Dorks group. Or at least that's what I think it was. I never got far enough into the series to really be able remember where the story was headed. In the second incarnation of the series Magnitude leaves the gang after not being able to persuade them into changing the gang name. Here's the original cover and a new updated version of it. Enjoy.

Dorks Issue 4 Page 22

Just a quick update. I did another update on some of the old pages. This time around is issue 4 page 22 (Duh I wrote it in the title). I didn't do the whole page of course. Just these two panels that must look confusing as heck in the original version. I'm very eager to get the ball rolling on the new Dorks series. I'll keep everybody posted as things come about.