I’ve drawn a ton of jungles. As a matter of fact there have been two comics that I developed to various stages of incompleteness that put jungles center stage. One was called Savage Creatures and was about a documentary film crew. The other, more recent one, was called The Cynical King. A bit too high-concept for its own good, it was about a tiny, tiny tropical island and the king who ruled it. I decided to resurrect it for Illustration Friday: redrawing one of the comics, colorizing it, and presenting it on this here blog. This is a image Large enough to force me to use German grammar. That’s right, here we go:
Brief introduction to the characters: big guy’s named Maurice, and his job is all governmental & defense duties on the island. Mostly he’d rather be relaxing in the sun, watching girls, and playing video games, and the way I look at it he’s got a point. The woman’s named Sara. What you can’t tell about her from this comic is that she is a trained ninja badass as well as an ooshy gooshy animal lover. The eponymous King is not to be found in this comic. Among the little island’s very few natural resources is a unique ecology, each facet of which seems designed for maximum inconvenience to humans. You can’t tell from the art but the atmosphere is – and I have notes on this – 50% flies. The bastard lemurs are inspired by (if I recall correctly) the keas of New Zealand, birds that will descend upon your car entirely unprovoked and rip its trim to little pieces. Hostile ecology is fun, and good practice for the new comic strip I’m working on, which should see the light of day on Friday.