And without further adieu, I present to you the inaugural edition of Jason In A Strange Land.
Yes, I know, it’s only six pages, and this took some time. And some of it’s just bizarre for bizarre’s sake. But either way, enjoy.
After taking some time to pour through my old projects, I found something I had simply dropped and forgotten about for over a decade – Jason in a Strange Land. Honestly, I’m not terribly sure what made me drop this, other than a move across the country let it slip through the cracks as I focused on life and other creative endeavors.
The titular Jason.
I remember clearly why I started this project, though, as I really wanted to go in a very specific direction with this and achieve a few goals:
It’s no secret I’m into bizarre, surreal or “deranged” art and cartoons – in fact, I love them. Cartoons especially are excellent examples of surrealist work in and of themselves, but if you compare the works of, say Chuck Jones (extremely beloved and amazing cartoonist) to, say Bob Clampett (another beloved, excellent cartoonist), or perhaps even the difference between Bloom County’s original Run and the early strips of Outland, you’ll see the differences I’m speaking of. During this period was when Damn It, Monkey!’s original run was at its peak (in my opinion) and I was exploring some other art in comics I had like Ratboy Is Dead(‘s previous run) and Something Inane (a now defunct comic I’ll likely touch on again another time.)
I very distinctly remember wanting to get extremely surreal and abstract with this, and I even found the original storyboards for the first six pages of the comic. Half of it is basially an acid trip.
Hans Booker and Backpack.
Hans Booker is really nothing more than a 90s goth version of the Hamburger Helper Helping Hand, and backpack is a literal backpack, but in Strange Land, he probably fills in a role more akin to a malevolent or mischievous wise old owl, or the Cheshire Cat. Honestly, this whole idea is probably ripe for references to Alice in Wonderland.
Aside from these two, there was also a group of characters made from a random assortment of objects – Rat Face, Jesus, Bitey, Erasercase, and Tony’s Conscience. The designs in and of themselves are another nod to dark surrealism, as well.
Since I’ve redrawn the characters from their original sketches, and I still do have the first storyboards, I’m going to at least finish those pages of the comic. There’s about six, and the story is listed with the boards I did for the comic. I may actually do the comic in color; I may not. We’ll see. I may continue the project after this, depending on my personal drive and reception (you know, that thing where you can give me direct feedback in the comments section or on social media HINT, so try actually saying stuff to my misanthropic, introverted little self.
I’ll keep everyone posted about my progress on the comics, as well, so please stay tuned.