HijiNKS ENSUE

Rough Draft and Close Ups for “Cat-People Scratch Fever”
[Originally Published 12/21/09]

Here’s the rough draft for “Cat People Scratch Fever.” You can see how the background in panels one and two changed between the original and final versions.

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Image 1: Rough Sketch

Image 2: Here’s the comic with the speech balloons and characters removed so you can see all the fancy background work.

Image 3 and 4: Here are some close ups of the final two panels. I just thought they looked cool a bit larger.

Rough Sketch And Writing Process for “The Down Underdome” 
[Originally Published 12/10/09]

Before posting the final draft of THIS COMIC, I posted a rough version just so I could get something up. I’ve done this once or twice before and each time I’m a little hesitant to actually finish the comic (with inks and colors and backgrounds and such) because I think there’s something charming about the seeing just the rough pencils.

This comic had a ton of rewrites. I hear the dialog in my head like actors exchanging lines in a movie so if there’s a lot of rapid fire back and forth dialog that would only take a few seconds on film I usually have to cut it WAY down to fit it into a small panel.

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in australia the “syfy” channel is still called “scifi.”

of course it is. have you been to australia? they don’t take that kind of crap.
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how come the uk and australia got to keep the “scifi” channel and we got stuck with “syfy”?

other countries are more open about their love for science fiction. “doctor who” is practically a religion in the uk. I think he’s on there money.
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and have you been to australia? it’s a freakin’ no man’s land controlled by roving gangs of marauders in makeshift dune buggies with cod pieces made of razor wire and broken glass!

i think you have actual australia confused with “mad max” australia again.
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nbc probably thought about sending some suit to deliver the corporate “brand shifting to better reach key demographics blah blah” horse shit memo. but how long do you think he would last against their vp of marketing, a 7 ft. tall 300 lb. man child who’s only instinct is to kill?

yeah, that’s “beyond thunderdome.”

i mean, sure he just wants to please his tiny master who rides him around like a dimwitted dingo. that’s all any of us want. (I REALLY WANTED TO KEEP THIS LINE IN)
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how come the uk and australia got to keep the “scifi” channel and we got stuck with “syfy”?

other countries are more open about their love for science fiction. “doctor who” is practically a religion in the uk. I think he’s on there money.
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what about australia?

it’s a lawless, barren hellscape overrun with roving gangs of marauders in makeshift murderbuggies!

everyone wears post apocalyptic fetish gear like cod pieces made of broken glass and g-strings made of razor wire.

i think you have actual australia confused with “mad max” australia again.
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“oh hi, i’m from nbc universal and i’d like to deliver this rebranding memo to your vp of marketing. what’s that? he’ a 7 ft. tall 300 lb. dimwitted man child who’s only instinct is to kill?

well can you ask the midget in the samurai helmet riding on his shoulders if we can schedule a two o’clock in his office… THE THUNDERDOME!?”

i suppose you think “waterworld” was a documentary on climate change?

BUST A DEAL, FACE THE WHEEL!
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how come the uk and australia got to keep the “scifi” channel and we got stuck with “syfy”?

other countries are more open about their love for science fiction. “doctor who” is practically a religion in the uk. I think he’s on their money.
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what about australia?

it’s a lawless, barren hellscape overrun with roving gangs of leather-clad marauders in makeshift murderbuggies!

i think you have actual australia confused with “mad max” australia again.

they have codpieces made of broken glass and razor wire!
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remember when we talked about how “waterworld” wasn’t actually a documentary on climate change?

“oh, you’re here from america to rebrand our network? talk to our v.p of marketing, he’s the evil midget in a samurai helmet riding a 7ft. murderous man-child BECAUSE THIS IS AUSTRALIA AND THAT’S HOW WE ROLL!”
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i suppose tina turner is their network president?

BUST A DEAL, FACE THE WHEEL!

i suppose you think “waterworld” was a documentary on climate change.

Rough Comic For 12/2/09
[Originally Published 12/2/09]

This comic is about lab grown meat and is probably going to called “Makin’ Bacon.”

Here’s the full script, plenty of which didn’t make it into the comic:

hold on to your towels bitches, we’re in the future! ahhhhahahaha!

hmm… don’t see an exit wound. whatever’s eating your brain must still be in there.

come on out little parasite, or ferret or whatever you are. save some for next time.

nothing is eating my brains, but soon i will be the one doing all the delicious eating! earth scientists have started growing pork in a lab!

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what’s so great about that?

it means we’re one step closer to the singularity. the point at which science can create the perfect piece of bacon.

the singularity is about eternal life through mechanical enhancement. not por…

ham clones! space bacon! science pork! hooray!

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hamn

just like god used to make

you can taste the science

MMM mmm tastes like science

from the makers of bleef

pulsating with deliciousness

probably can’t feel pain!

fisch

test tube steak

makin’ bacon

2 Rough Sketch Comics
[Originally Published 11/29/09]

This “Thanksgravy” comic will be backdated to Friday 11/27 when it’s done but here’s the rough sketch for now.

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Here’s another comic Ive been meaning to post in the Vault. It was originally published as a hybrid rough sketch with a background and finished speech bubbles, then replaced with the finished version. A few people said they liked the look of the rough one so Im posting it here for posterity.

Deleted First Panel For “Luna Nueva” 
[Originally Published 11/24/09]

Here’s the deleted first panel from the script:

Joel: why are there so many people in this mall? just purchase your bullshit and go home. when i finish my delicious pretzel i will leave. that’s how shopping works. it’s a chore, not a god damned day at the fair.

hey, is that eli…

in a “twilight” shirt!?

UPDATE 7/29/13: After this comic went up there was an immediate outcry for a real version of the “Edward” shirt. I put it up for sale a few days later and over the next month got over 1000 orders, a ton of online attention and a call from Edward James Olmos’s production company. They were super cool about the whole thing, but just wanted to make it an officially licensed product. 

Rough Sketch and Writing Process For “A God Among Actors” 
[Originally Published 11/3/09]

You can see the final comic HERE, but below you can read the whole “process.” I’ve mentioned before but I never write character names when I’m writing dialog. I just try to write down everything that may or may not work in the comic then go back and edit it later.
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liam neeson as Zeus and Anthony Hopkins as Odin
who plays jesus?
connery?
daniel day lewis
edward james olmos?
make up a word for how olmos over acts or over emotes
would jamie bamber play jesus, and eventually fat jesus?
and katee sackoff has mary magdalen
olmos spends half of creation crying
actors that can be both severe and frightening
quietly frightening
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liam neeson was cast as zeus in “clash of the titans” and now sir anthony hopkins is going to play odin in the “thor” movie.
i can totally see him _______
i, myself, cannot. [silence of the lambs]
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fox is making a “moses” flick. who should play yaweh?
based on the current trend, it should be someone who can be totally sever without ever raising their voice.
oh, you mean the intimidating inside-voice. like edward james olmos.

he’s only got two speeds. quiet yet gravely severity and full throttle emoti-splode.

can you imagine olmos’s version of creation?

he must have carved the mountains out with his craterous face. and cried the oceans during his weekly emoti-splode break down.

or he drank for 6 days, and on the 7th day god intimidated the universe into creating itself.

i’d like to think he just drank for 6 days. then on the 7th day he threw up in the universe’s back alley and looked upon it and it was good.

i think that’s called “the big bleaagh” theory.
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who do you think should play god in fox’s “moses” movie?

look at the current trend in deity casting. liam neeson is playing zeus and anthony hopkins is playing odin.

so the actor playing yaweh needs to have that certain “i can make you piss your pants without ever raising my voice” quality.
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like edward james olmos!

“in the beginning god emoted so hard that pretty much everything just appeared.”

“and on the 2nd day god carved the mountains out the earth with his own face and saw that his cheeks were craterous and frightening.”
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actually i’d like to think he sat around in the back alley of the universe drinking for 6 days, then on the 7th day he threw up all of creation and saw that it was good.

i think that’s called “the big bleaagh” theory.

A Few Rough Draft Comics
[Originally Published 11/1/09]

Rough Sketch And Writing Process For Captain Lou Tribute Comic
[Originally Published 10/17/09]

This one’s about the passing of Captain Lou Albano.

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Here’s my unabridged writing process for the recent Captain Lou Albano comic. You can see that I never write the character names or much “stage direction.” I also just start over with a new idea if the panel seems too wordy or like the dialog isnt working.

The final comic is HERE.

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Capt lou + balloon kid

a 21 fireball salute

everyone has rubberbands in their beards
everyone does the mario

capt lou is alive and well hiding in the attic
some sort of george bluth crossover

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and so it is with a heavy heart, and rubber bands in our beards that we bid farewell to captain heratio inatius allouisious “lou” albano. of what he was a captain we may never know. perhaps a wrestling themed tug boat or garbage skow.

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wrestler, video game plumber tv guy and friend. it is in accordance with his wishes that half his ashes be spread in the ring and the other half dumped in the sewer pipes he loved so dearly.

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it is with heavy hearts and rubber bands in our beards that we bid farewell to captain louis vincent “lou” albano. of what he was captain remains a mystery, but I like to think it was an anthropomorphic tug boat with an italian accent.

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in accordance with his wishes we have placed his ashes in this ceremonial question box and will break it over the wrestling ring he loved so well.

if there’s a 1-up inside I get it. you got the last one.

josh, if you will lead us in song as we mournfully do the mario.

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they just wanna’, they just wanna’. oh girls just wanna’ have fu-un. yeah, girls just wanna have fun.

do the mario!

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farewell captain lou. of what you were a captain remains a mystery, but I like to think it was an anthropomorphic tug boat with an italian accent.

wrestler, manager, cyndi lauper’s dad in all those videos… you were many things. but to us you will always be mario, brother of luigi and defender of the mushroom kingdom.

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and so we commit your earthly remains to this 1-up-shaped weather balloon in hopes that you will find your extra life in the sky.

josh, if you will lead us in song as we mournfully do the mario.

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they just wanna’, they just wanna’. oh girls just wanna’ have fu-un. yeah, girls just wanna have fun.

do the mario!

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Several Rough Sketch Comics Including Guest Comics
[Originally Published 10/7/09]

Here’s some rough sketches from a handful of recent comics. I’ve also included the guest comics from last month so you can see the difference in my sketching style and other artists. Enjoy!

Script From An Unproduced Comic

[Originally Published 09/21/09]

I originally intended for my “Gene Rodenberry’s mac/Borg” comic to be a two-parter. I was sidelined by medical issues and had to run a guest comic instead. By the time I was back to work I felt like the moment had passed. Here’s the script from that comic:

“You Will Be iSsimilated”

Panel 1:
[Josh is a Borg with the Mac integrated into his chest and the iPhone in his eye piece, Joel is eating a sandwich]
Josh: we are borg. all will be assimilated. your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own.

Panel 2:
Josh: also your sandwich. it too will be added to our… distinctiveness. give it.
Joel: sorry, BROcutus. i need food parts for my starve hole. go make your own.

Panel 3:

Josh: you used the last of the mustard, and the only bread left is the heels plus GIVE US YOUR FUCKNG SANDWICH RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

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Now that I reread this, I’m kind of glad I didn’t go through with drawing it.