Behind the Scenes

behind the scenesAs today is Sunday and it’s now becoming a tradition with me, here is an alternative to a black and white “daily” strip. We didn’t complete any full color Sunday strips, as I’ve mentioned before, because the Comics Syndicates didn’t require them as part of a submission and SCENE Magazine didn’t have a Sunday edition. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t write any scripts for Sunday comics. I believed that it was only a matter of time before we were syndicated across North America and having to come up with a new one every week.

Here is a scan of the first such script I wrote. It gives you an idea of the kinds of things I routinely demanded of Tim without much consideration for the effort it would cost him. “So, I’m seeing a full color Sistine Chapel ceiling with Dexter fist bumping the Almighty, who looks like Charles Schulz.” 🙂

RN Sunday Script 1

Sunday best – A Tale of Joe

Dex on a stroll through Gotham City.

Dex on a stroll through Gotham City.

It’s Sunday again, so no black and white strip today, but check out the full colour splash page we have to offer instead! (Click the image to “biggerize” it to its glorious full size – special thanks to Dan Piraro for the use of his word today).

Those of you who have perused our About page will know that Tim went on to bigger and better things after we shut down Rivertown News. One of the projects for which he is best known is Batman: Gotham Adventures.

In issue number 41, he needed a character who was making bad choices and in need of help from the Batman to prevent him from going down a bad path. Tim had some fun dusting off our character and reshaping him for this part in the issue.

You can see Dex’s trademark vest and goatee are present, but the scarf might have added too much artistic flair for the needs of this character, so he left it out. And that’s how Dex became Joe in an alternate universe.

Happy Sunday and thanks for reading!

Our only Rivertown News “Sunday” Strip

We’ve been having a lot of fun posting these strips from our archives, stuff we worked on over twenty years ago, but which still gives us a measure of pride and a chuckle or two. But it’s been pointed out that we don’t have any full-colour, Sunday-funnies type strips, so maybe we shouldn’t post on Sunday. Then I remembered another treasure from the archives which I’m happy to share today:

RN Colour

This is the only full colour Rivertown News strip in existence and it was given to me by Tim in a frame sometime after we began working on the strip. I took it apart and scanned it so I could share it with you today as our only official Sunday strip. I believe he hand-painted it on the original Bristol board version of the strip, but I’ll let him chime in on that if he likes.

A word about the opening panel, if I may… For those of you who haven’t given James Joyce’s Ulysses a shot, this situation harkens back to the opening scene of the novel, which takes place at the top of the Martello Tower in Sandycove, south Dublin:

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned:

Introibo ad altare Dei.

So, the original was about sacrilege and shaving and my version envisions the same but with added modern convenience. What more could you want from the auspicious opening of a new comic strip destined for the funny pages, than an obscure literary allusion followed up by a mall culture cliché? Look out world, here we come! 🙂

Thanks for all the likes and comments! We appreciate it.

Mark (& Tim)