Cheers meets Justice League
Superpub 47
Superpub 47
31st Aug 2015, 9:50 AM
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Ryan Lee Blu-Ray Commentary
I really like the way this one turned out, but I think the greatest strengths of the script are also its greatest weaknesses. On the one hand, it’s a nod to DC’s alleged prohibition against “Batgirling” their comics any more. It’s also a wink at the “Still Love the Ladies” strip we did about six weeks ago. That’s pretty nice synergy…unless you don’t remember that Longbeau strip and aren’t keeping up with funnybook current events. If you’re in that boat, this strip is a giant “wha-huh?”

But I think even if this is your first Superpub strip Mike might have saved it. The character design invokes the Burnside Batgirl without ripping it off line-for-line, so that communicates. He’s got her holding that drink like a squirrel, for crying out loud! I don’t know if Colugos actually do that or not, but its precious to the point of being worth the price of admission on its own. The “ew” face in panel two is exquisite. So yeah. I think it works on some level regardless of the reader’s knowledge of Pub Continuity.

In any case, it was a win for me. When I get a character design back from Mike a couple hours after I send the script, I know I hit on something that sparked with him. Those are the moments when Superpub is the most fun!
Monster Mike Blu-Ray Commentary
I posted recently on Facebook: “Gotta love it when you get a fresh, timely script from your writer and it’s so good, you have to draw it immediately.”

Normally, I read the scripts that Ryan Lee send my way a couple times over as soon as I get them. By the time I’ve read a script a second or third time, I’ve pretty much got it figured out how to draw it. This one was slightly different. As I was reading it, the panels just appeared in my head. This can mean one of two things; either I’m getting better at visualizing before I draw or (and somewhat more likely) Ryan is getting even more adept at the gag strip writing. Whatever it is, I started working on this one immediately.

So, the first order of business was to design Colu-Girl. What I wanted to do was poke a bit of fun at the ‘Batgirling’ trend. What if superheroes really existed? What would they wear? Well, probably something their loved ones picked out for them because they’d be dead in a casket in a mortuary. That’s real life folks.