The DEEP DIVE DAREDEVILS are the Beefy Crunch Burrito of webcomics.
So there you have it, boyz and girlz. The story of Holmwood and Van Helsing has played out over the last three backmatters, and now they are both dead. There are looming mysteries however: The letter that Van Helsing produced and gave to Special Agent Bumpass, whats that all about? 11 months after it was delivered to him he went nuts, is that why Special Agent Bumpass didn’t want it delivered? Jehan Bumpass showed up in three backmatters so far, what the heck is her deal? Why is she so interested in the delivery of the letter, or how the little Holmwood girl is treated after the horrible incident where Arthur went insane? And just who is that little girl? There are still two backmatter sections left to go DAREDEVILERS, and the truth will only be told when all is said and done!
Diving deeper into this week’s page, the whole right side was dominated by the article about Van Helsing’s passing by Montgomery Chum. Monty is a character we’ve had for a long time, and he’s one that’s likely to show up in all of our works in some form or another. Originally he was an obituary writer in a series we pitched to Image a long, long time ago. It got rejectified, but it made it a very long way into the process. It was our first pitch, and even though we were dashed upon the rocks of failure bluff, we learned a ton of stuff about the industry, and we were hooked. Matt and I collabo’d on the words of the obituary, and I think it turned out really good. In the end only the article itself would fit on the page. I had to chop off most of the headline and the whole masthead, as well as the side story I wrote about a giant ape named Smiley by someone named Stacy Paige (who also was a character in the story with Montgomery Chum). So here, on the Lunch, I’m going to give you the whole page as I made it. We’ll talk more when you’re done reading it.
The photo caption is given to Miguel Heistano, who we named after Matt’s brother Mike. We just changed the last letter of his name to o from d. Clever. You’ll also notice that Charles Calvin made two appearances on the page. That is because I didn’t care, I knew that that part of the page would likely get covered up, so whatever. Charley is my dog’s name. The one that Cup is based on. This week we got the sad new that he has a cancer inside him and the vets are only giving him six months to live. So I guess he was on my mind when I wrote the thing. Argos, one of my two other dogs also made it on there, because hell yeah, dogs.
The newspaper was especially hard to pull off this week. It required me to use InDesign, which was cool because I haven’t had much exposure to it in the past. I scanned in a 15 year old paper that I had from when I lived with Matt in the 315 down in Tuscon for the texture. I also improved the SISX radiogram by adding perforation dots along the side, which I overlooked last time there was one on the page.
The book actually uses the real typography as the real first edition of Dracula, which I’ll post down hurr.
I just laid that down on top of the old book and WHAMO. I added unabridged on it later because it had a whole extra chapter in it, like the American version of A Clockwork Orange (which is my favorite book).
Chapter 4 begins on Tuesday, and we return to comicbook goodness once again. Danilo really killed this next chapter, which will run for 8 weeks in a row, so get ready for ocho awesomeo weeks in a rizzow. There is even a week where we will ask for commenter participation! That’s right. Matt will spill the beans on that one when the time comes, but it will be a chance for you guys to actually get into the comic in a really cool way. Anyway, This penultimate chapter will take the DAREDEVILS to their limits, and we’re excited to beam it into your eyes. We got good stuff coming to you every single Tuesday for the next two months! We’re not planning any site upgrades or anything for a while, so count on my attention being solely on making awesome backmatter. While the DAREDEVILS face off against the King of Subsylvania and his minions of the darkest depths, what is next for the characters in the back matter? And how will it ultimately tie into the main story? I dunno man. I’m asking you.
Next week I’ll be in Las Vegas to gamble on the Super Bowl, so I’m not sure if I’ll be making a post or not. If I do it will be weird and rambling and drunken, and from my phone or iPad. Last time I live blogged my vacation is was kind of a disaster. I’ll be betting on the Broncos most likely, because I normally just bet on the underdog. It usually works out ok, but one year I lost such a heartwrenchingly close bet that I smashed chips into the ground with my fists and threw a chair. I’m not feeling particularly lucky this year though, which gives my gamblefingers pause. Plus I have a wedding to pay for, and that shit is EXPENSIVE. Like, f’real expensive. $800 for some dickblaster with iTunes to Dj the gig? That’s the best deal I could find. You can buy a 60 inch TV for 800 bucks. Screw it, I’ll pay it. I’m running out of time.
That’s the Lunch for 1/26
To the Future,