[Posted by E&C on August 29th, 2010, 11:59 am]
Today's line work was done by Éric Van Elslande and the coloring was done by Matt Black. Clickity clickity clack on their names to see their deviantArt pages.
When E and I conceived this comic, I was a bit nervous about decapitating The Master Explainer, the putative Scott McCloud. You see, he's the guy that inspired this webcomic to begin with. This summer, I reread his seminal book Understanding Comics. It was even better than I remembered, so I picked up two of his other works: Reinventing Comics and Making Comics.
They left me so charged, so electrified, so utterly inspired, that I called E and begged him to give me some scripts so that I could start making webcomics. E agreed, and we started doing this thing we're doing. And one day, I sent him a loose outline for a strip featuring my hero. And the next day, I got a revised strip returned to me featuring my hero's beheading.
What did I do? What could I do? I emailed Scott McCloud, asking for his permission for a friendly decapitation. Surprisingly, the man agreed to it and wished me luck. How frigging cool is that? So, here's the strip. I've never beheaded someone that I respect so much before.
You want to reinvent comics now, don't you?