The folks at Comic Book Resources asked me and other Archie writers to name the favorite Christmas stories we’ve done! I could only narrow it down to two.
“‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” From Archie’s Pal Jughead Comics #89 (February, 1997) is memorable for me because it’s from my first issue as the regular Jughead writer, and the first issue of my long collaboration with artist Rex Lindsey. In it, the characters each envision what they imagine Santa Claus is really like. The issue is also notable for the introduction of my ongoing antagonist for Jughead, Trula Twyst.
On my recent in-store event at Wonder Comics & Morein Trenton, Ohio, shop owner Jeff Hensley gifted me with a recent Jughead digest that I hadn’t yet seen in print. It was part of the ‘Archie Milestones’ series, #18, March 2023, and this issue’s theme was “Jughead Guide to Life.”
It’s a good collection from various creators. Eight of my stories (one new; the rest, reprints from the past decades) are among them, all drawn by my regular Jughead collaborator, Rex Lindsey. A few of those stories have abiding personal meaning for me. so I thought I’d write some words about them.
I was recently reminded that October 14 was the birthday of the late Samm Schwartz, so let me jump ahead to the story in this digest that I wrote as a tribute to Samm.
Folk tales are originally told around campfires and next to bedsides. They are made up on the fly and embellished in the retelling. In this way the tales are spread from person to person, family to family, generation to generation. And eventually gathered into a book by professors of folklore.Continue reading Tailipoe 101 part 3!→
In the late ‘90’s, Disney Adventures Magazine presented a monthly array of articles of interest for kids. Each issue also contained a large comics section filled with stories based on then-current Disney shows and movies.
I contributed comic scripts inspired by the animated series, ‘Disney’s Doug’ (The TV show was a continuation of one of the original Nicktoons, Doug, by creator Jim Jinkins for the Nickelodeon cable channel).
All of the Disney Adventures comics have been out of print since their original publication, until now. Fantagraphicshas compiled a selection of that work in a hardback anthology called Disney 1 Saturday Morning Adventures.
Editor David Gerstein was kind enough to send me a copy of the new book, and I turned on the camera for an unboxing vid.
Apologies for the sound, my lapel mike didn’t perform up to par.
I’ve spent plenty of time over the past couple of years drawing pictures of Santa for my Christmas Never Sleeps series, so of course I had to one day be interviewed by Santa Claus himself! I’m the guest on the latest installment of the Sleighing It With Santa Rob podcast!
Santa Rob Pugh asks me about the earliest days of my comic book career up until the present! I invite you to listen to this week’s installment and every week’s edition of Sleighing It With Santa Rob podcast!
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Visit the WEBSITE SHOP for many of the comics mentioned in the podcast!
Cap’n Catnip can also be ordered directly from the printer (unsigned). This link will also show you the other great comics from HooHaa Comics (publisher of Cap’n Catnip)!
I’ve been showing off some of my work-in-progress, for new Tailipoe material, on social media. A Facebook friend asked, “Who or what is Tailipoe?” Good question, and I’d say a re-introduction is in order. Here’s the first of a multi-part primer.Continue reading Tailipoe 101 part 1!→
I received my copies of Jetta Raye Adventures #2!
I contributed two items to this issue: A gag page called “Dramarama,” and a 9-pager entitled “Future Tense.” To get your first glimpse, check the video below!
And to get your own copy of Jetta Raye Adventures #2, click THIS LINK!
I did a similar unboxing of a previous Jetta volume, which you can witness HERE!
I just discovered my original script for a story called “The Old Ball Game.” It ran in Archie’s Pal Jughead Comics #87 (December, 1996). As it happens, this was actually one of my earliest Jughead stories. A few months later, my tenure as the regular Jughead writer would begin. (As of issue #89, I’d be teamed with new regular penciller Rex Lindsey for over 100 issues!)
I was especially glad to locate this particular script. I was able to see the pencils for the job before they were sent to the inker; a rare occasion for me. The great Stan Goldberg, who illustrated the story, had kindly gifted me with photocopies of his pencils.
I thought it might be interesting to show the progression of a story from script, to pencils, to the page, with inks by Mike Esposito, colors by Barry Grossman and letters by Bill Yoshida.
As you can see, I write (sketch) my Archie scripts in storyboard format as opposed to screenplay format. In my mind, this makes my intentions for each panel absolutely clear to the penciller, and reduces the risk for misinterpretation.
I never assume or expect that the penciller will follow my panel layouts, but they’re always welcome to.
I unbox my contributor copies of ‘Jetta Raye Adventures,’ featuring over 100 pages of new stories about Jetta, the ‘Sweetheart of the 22nd Century.’ This hardback volume includes stories and comic strips by me, along with an all-star line-up of contributors such as Chris Yambar, Jeff Shultz, Joe Sinnott, and many others!
Jetta originally came to life in 1952 her own comic book series drawn by the great Dan DeCarlo.
My apologies for mangling the names of some of the esteemed contributors in the video!