I start thinking “oh my God, what am I going to blog about on Sunday?” on Monday morning. It’s on my mind throughout the week but usually by Thursday something pops into my head. If Saturday rolls around and I am without an idea I usually spend the evening racking my brain and trying to come up with at least a one page comic to post.
But man, last night I had nothing. Exhausted from the day, my brain wasn’t in the mood to be creative. So I started to flip through some books and decided to write a comic around something that stuck out visually. I flipped through a Peanuts book and saw a house of cards. Perfect. I wrote a lame 6 panel comic, inked two panels and called it a night.
And then I had a dream. But more on that in a moment.
I am in the process of shopping “Big City Secrets” to publishers but I’m not having much luck. But I am just getting started. I submitted the book to Top Shelf who publish some of my favorite graphic novels. They sent a very kind rejection email and I wasn’t surprised. I would have been thrilled if they picked it up, but to be honest I don’t think Top Shelf is the right publisher anyway. Currently the book is in the hands of another publisher and I check my email and mailbox as often as I can as I wait for their rejection too. I might sound bitter but I’m not. I’ve been doing this for a while so it doesn’t get to me.
I woke up this morning remembering a dream where Marvel Comics said they’d publish the book. I was excited and confused since I had never even sent it to them. They had a plan for Uptown Girl to be in her own little world for a while and then integrate her into the Marvel Universe. Okay, whatever, let’s go!
I forgot about the dream and then while on a bike ride this morning I started to think about how Uptown Girl doesn’t really belong anywhere but in her own little world and how hard it would be to move her into a different universe. But if I did introduce her into the Marvel Universe, how would that work?
I had my idea for this week’s post. I thought it be fun to do a homage of a comic cover from the 1960’s, when the Marvel Universe was just getting started. With hundreds of covers to choose from, I was excited to get started. I knew I wanted to do a Jack Kirby cover because, well, he was the king and today is also his birthday.
I settled on Tales of Suspense #39 when Iron Man made his first appearance.
Here’s the original:
I laid out my version pretty quickly, here’s the line art.