So this fly story is gonna go for a few more strips. It’s the heart of the reason why I wanted to start with a storyline about the rabbit as a child, to kind of set up where his mind is on these issues, and the fly story seemed like a good metaphor. The strips that follow are going to be about the relationships between art and money, and money and time, and stasis vs. growth and all that, all those big themes I like to play with to make myself feel important.
The whole childhood storyline is going to be a total of about fifteen strips, and then when we’re back in the present the storyline is, for a while, actually mostly going to deal with Rickets, Prester, and Capitalist Pig. They’re all sort of metaphors for different parts of my personality or things I’m interested in, so showing a bit about how the rabbit feels about those things and how they relate is meant to set the stage for what goes down with them. As I get more into the lives of characters who represent different things in my imagination, the strips are actually going to get more into the realm of fantasy, and become more of an adventure story, rather than me just musing on things, so starting off with something that’s pretty much strictly autobiographical also seemed like a good way to frame it.
I’m going to do some more Douchebags of Comics stuff, too, as the storyline allows, but it’s going to be arranged to an extent to go with what the characters are talking about in the strip. The different people that I want to talk about or send up are people that represent different parts of the spectrum in the relationships between art and commerce, and there are reasons I want to go into them or feel that I have something to say that are related to the storyline. There’s the fun element of making a set of trading cards and all that, and of course the fact that I enjoy giving myself a soapbox, but there’s also more going on there.
It was kind of initially meant to be a tangent or a lark related to the main storylines and as a way for me to do some portrait drawings that I thought would be fun, but I guess there was something about me posting a list of names for people that I was considering making cards of, or planning to make cards of, that intrigued certain people and set them off about it. I’m glad that the whole thing has been interesting to people, of course, and if they didn’t go off half-cocked and spout off about things that they didn’t actually yet know much about, I guess they wouldn’t be comics fans.
But all I’ve done so far, people, is post a list of names and do three drawings with blogs attached. Eventually, I hope anyway, there’s going to be a lot more to it than that.