I have to say first off that as I was sitting here drawing, I felt like revisiting a cover I was working on some years ago. I pulled out the old 2099 pages and looked at the original cover and noticed that I did it in November.
That said, I just wanted to share the short lived, James 2099 story. A favorite of mine even though I only drew it once. Thinking of it now this could be very fun to do. Incorporating an idea that Matt Wendt pitched for Dorks, I thought it would be better suited for James. This idea was of an alternate world where anything goes. Impossible characters appear. Where one of the dorks would be a hero type character. Instead I think it would work with James ala Calvin & Hobbes. While James steals lunches ('ey Boo boo) he could be dreaming of escaping from the bad guys and much more. Enjoy the short lived James: 2099.
Friday, November 5, 2010
James Comics came from the real life stories of James Silva, a kid my mother used to babysit when I was in high school. He was the younger brother of Joseph, who has made appearances in James comic as well. He had one spin off comic that mostly featured James.
The strips were very simple. They really were based on situations that would happen with him. James and his brother Joseph were pretty much very violent with each other. If James did anything to upset Joseph, Joseph would hit him. James was very notorious for stealing his food.
James Comics #3 was the most bizarre strip of them all. It was the only one that broke away from the norm. I don't really know where the idea came from or even why a geek was eating James. Apparently there was a fourth panel but I have no clue what was to follow.
I had done an updated version of James Comics #3. I kept it to three panels cause I thought it was funnier that way, not to mention I couldn't figure out what could possibly follow James being eaten by a geek.
I had attempted to make a full comic of James but I think that his stories are tailored for short funny strips. That's the formula that I'll stick with once I do another James comic.