This one started as a scribble on a napkin. I’m certain it came from my own childhood experience of watching a shadow creature creep out of my closet every night. I had lots of such hallucinations as a kid, and I’m certain they will inspire more cartoons. Kind of worth the paralyzing terror in the long run.
Once I finish today’s inking, I’ll rummage through the notebook and see which random idea to work on for next week. Lots to chose from. Lots still need some work. The key, I’ve found, is to keep the pen moving. Applies to both cartooning and writing. No matter how ridiculous or unintelligible, keep the pen moving. And when you’re not thinking about ideas, your brain tends to have a small, dark factory, hidden away deep in the grey matter, that keeps on grinding. You won’t even know it’s happening. Then, when you open the notebook, that factory sends a fixed punchline, or scene from a chapter, straight up to the front office.
In the meantime, I’ll have more posts about the upcoming books and the return of “The Conjurers” webcomic. And feel free to share these cartoons around. Always looking for new readers, especially if they’re a wee bit on the strange side.