Monday, July 19, 2010

State of the Onion 2010

Greetings friends! Summer waxes on, days stretched long like a pair of tights pulled in opposing directions by pickup trucks. All is well in the garden.

I'm just finishing up the writing of this Bad Machinery story - it doesn't actually finish until the end of September, and after that I will probably take a break from it for a month or so. I've been very pleased with this story and want to make sure that the next one keeps up the standard. For a slow, rambly comic about children's adventures, virtually the exact opposite of what the (hem hem) "webcomic audience" supposedly wants, it is doing very well and I am grateful to have been indulged.

I do think that I might have to get it published by a proper, monied publisher to get it where I want it, as it is meant for young minds as well as blog readers. But I'm not sure how to do that, and I like to go into a situation prepared.

If I decide to take a break from Bad Machinery, you won't be staring at a blank screen throughout October. I've been tinkering with "Destroy History" and it's almost ready for public consumption. I showed some early attempts here last year, but it wasn't up to scratch. I think I'm almost there now.

Destroy History is a comic about how history is a mystery and it will set the record straight using time travel techniques and NEW FACTS. It has a redhead, a robot, of course Babs McChinnery, and an unprecedented level of filth (I mean mud, not boobs hanging out). Here are some fake, possibly unrepresentative images of this "work in progress".






* Please note, "Desmond Fishman" is not involved in Destroy History, he is retired from webcomics.

16 comments:

glenatron said...

Seeing the faces of the gentlemen in the background of that last picture, I'm not entirely sure that all actually is well.

Doug said...
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John A said...

Oh Doug, Desmond Fishman has moved on to... GREENER pastures!

dana-bee said...

Oh, now I wish that Shelley would bring me coffee in the morning, that would make all mornings infinitely better.

Maryjo said...

i am very excited about the possibility of Destroy History. it looked really promising in your earlier sketches. i love history, mysteries & shelley, so it's all win to me.

HH said...

I will join the Desmond hate-wagon. I hope his dissection in the interests of science went well.

Andrew said...

I liked Desmond, but comics were not kind to him. nothing was particularly kind to him it's his best bet really, to be ignored by the world forever more.

.M. said...

Okay, so Desmond's gone gone gone, but is Carrot still on the run?

That's been on my mind a lot.

John A said...

Carrot... I think he retired from comics too.

MattW said...

More Shelley? This cannot be bad. Especially not with such a dramatic title.

cdave said...

Post samples to David Flickling?

He seems to be doing wonderful things for UK kids comics these days.

TahaCelestin said...

Sure sure, Desmond is gone for good. Just like ERIN WINTERS?!

Martin said...

A history mystery! :D

I'm very excited to see this story. Bad Machinery has been surprisingly fun, though.

胡維倫 said...

道歉是人類一定必要的禮節..................................................

張袁小璇翊瑜 said...

天下沒有意把鑰匙,可以打開所有的門............................................................

Mats said...

John, Looking forward to reading the new story!