Way back in the ancient 1990s… there was a comics fanzine called Vantage Comics and Card Picks. As you might surmise from the title, they talked about comics and trading cards! 🙂 There were others too, like Wizard and Hero… but specific to this blog post, there was Vantage. My memory is foggy at this point, but at some point way back in the day they had a job opening. I can’t remember if they were looking for someone to do page layouts or creative writing, or perhaps both… but I worked up a couple of full-page samples of funny to submit to them. I don’t remember ever hearing anything back from them, and that fanzine is long gone… but I recently found my old samples again and scanned them in so that I could share them on the blog.
Some of the jokes still hold up, even if you might not get exactly the reason why I made them… probably the most obscure one is the Crypt/Moon Knight non-crossover joke, which basically pokes at the notion around that time that some characters at some companies were virtually indistinguishable from characters at other companies 😉 I also like the fact that the picture of Captain America is literally there for no real reason… I mean, nothing on either page makes any reference at all to him!
This is 20+ year old stuff from me, but I think my sense of humor is pretty much still in the same general place, so let me know what you think. Also, I kind of miss fanzines like we had back in the 1990s. We don’t really have that today. Sure, there are some Web sites, but it’s just not the same as a monthly magazine that you can hold in your hand.
Surely someone must have asked themselves this question when the idea for Speed Buggy came to be! I fondly remember a lot of classic Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera cartoons as a kid of the 1970s. I also remember thinking that Speed Buggy was like the Scooby Doo that you could somehow drive. He even had a mechanic that was kind of like a more mature, less high, Shaggy!
This drawing is actually from late July, and is entirely digital. Mostly basic shapes here, so I didn’t bother to make a pencil sketch first. I think it turned out well. Please let me know what you think. Oh, and this is actually the first of several Hanna-Barbera character drawings that I’ve completed so far. Stay tuned for more to come!
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