Words fascinate me. Old phrases we say all the time often make absolutely no sense when you take a minute to ponder them. “All of a sudden…” What the hell is a “sudden?” Is there half of a sudden? A third, maybe? It just occurred to me that if you had the Dickens scared out of you, something like this would happen. I love this gag…I don’t think I captured it as well as I wanted, but I love that Dickens’ feet are still stuck inside the poor guy in a weird, metaphysical way.
A recurring theme in “BookSmarts” is how classic literature is portrayed in Hollywood and popular culture, and this was the comic that started it all. Basically, it’s what happens when Michael Bay gets a hold of any piece of literature. What’s funny is there are all sorts of recent movies and TV shows that have unique takes on Fairy Tales…I was either ahead of my time, or just not soulless enough to actually try to MAKE “Red Riding Hood II: Wolfhunt.”
It’s also fun to whip out the comic-book style drawing. And look at all that stippling! Good lord, who has time for THAT?
Had to figure a guy named “Pumpkin Eater” would eventually get sick of that particular vegetable. I mean, in the Fall every year, I crave pumpkin pie like my very life depended on it, but if I had it every day, I’d probably be tired of it in a few weeks. Give the poor man a steak! (Also, I like the detail in this one; back when I was still really involved in the art and it took a long time. Over time, the strip would evolve into something a bit sketchier mostly in an attempt to speed things up and loosen the art up some. But the “Have you seen me?” Jack-O-Lantern on the side of the Pumpkin Juice box is funny.)