I rarely write for comics without at least the hope that it'll one day see the light of day in some form or another. Most of the scripts I write, though, invariably sit virtually on my hard drive for some time while I dream away that those words will one day turn into comics in the truest sense. The script to the art you see on this page was written, like, a month ago. I was pretty surprised to see this art in my inbox earlier today - in a good way, of course.
Ever since attending the New York Comic Con, I've had a better appreciation for webcomics and what they can accomplish. If nothing else, they seem to be a great way to gain attention, and I've seen how that can pay honest-to-goodness dividends in the long run (first hand, at that - the Wagon Wheel Comics booth was directly across the aisle from Dr. McNinja). It's one of the reasons I wanted to post the "Eye of the Beholder" story on this blog. So when artist and enigmatic nameholder Artboy_X returned from overseas and wanted to resume working on our co-creation Mr. Massive in some capacity, my thoughts immediately went to webcomics. Being a comedy/spoof (one that relies on a lot of silly jokes at that), Mr. Massive works pretty well, I think, in short bursts.
What you see in this post is just preliminary work - who knows where this will ultimately go (so, you know, don't get your hopes up just yet) - but I hope you'll agree that it's nice to look at. The first two pieces of art are not by Artboy_X, and in fact, having just received the art I don't even know the name of the artist who put them together, which, of course, I need to remedy. But the energy and style strikes me as something fitting for the character and the jokes I ultimately want to tell with and through him.
Naturally, I will keep everyone updated on the progress of this project, whether you want to be kept aware or not. I will! It's inevitable. For now, I hold out hope that someday soon we'll have a Mr. Massive webcomic to promote and another fun writing exercise become a reality.
The image above is by Artboy_X and obviously is the basis for the first panel in the image at the very top of this post. It's something of a parody of a similar iconic Superman image, hopefully used for obvious effect.