Thanks to Jamie S. Rich for asking me to do this. Been a Mike Allred fan since college (where I once saw him at Kinko's Xeroxing early "Madman" promos), so getting a chance to play around in this universe was a pretty big deal for me personally.
Resurrect the most ridiculous character from the 1970s Marvel "Star Wars" comic books -- a seven-foot-tall green rabbit named Jaxxon -- and have him recruit a middle-aged Han Solo for one last heist.
As a joke, my then-co-worker David Stroup and I hammered out a story while driving back from a coffee shop. (This isn't quite as out-of-the-blue as it sounds -- the coffee shop was two blocks away from the offices of Dark Horse Comics, and we'd just been chatting with one of their editors.)
A few weeks later -- also as a joke -- we pitched it as a webcomic to the world's biggest "Star Wars" fan site.
Sixty-odd pages later, "Jaxxon's 11" remains the single geekiest act of my public life, and that is saying something. I wrote the script, packing it with references to the original Marvel "Star Wars" comics (which Ipurchased and, between occasional bouts of wincing, read). David added his own gags and drew the pages with a lunatic attention to detail.
Both David and I went through major career changes in 2004. Even though we have a full story outline, progress is sporadic at best. In 2011, I collected everything we'd done so far as a free 72-page ashcan and gave it away at the Stumptown Comics Fest. Now you can download that ashcan as a free PDF.
If you like this sort of thing, I suspect this is the sort of thing you'll like. _____
So yeah, Cort Webber and Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts have decided to end their five-day-a-week podcast, on which I've appeared most Fridays for the last six-and-a-half years.
I've definitely had some of the Emotions about the announcement. The show changed my life in lots of big and small ways. I'm really going to miss the Midnight Movies, and the show introduced me to pockets of Portland I never would have encountered otherwise.
But I also understand the boys' logic: Better to go out like "Bloom County" than "Peanuts."
Anyway. We're closing out the show on Friday, Dec. 7 with a big fat live performance at the Bagdad featuring all the regular guests. And I'm holding a going-out-of-business sale.
As a thank-you to listeners, "Cort and Fatboy in: The Secret of the Buried Unicorns" -- the world's first and maybe only podcast tie-in storybook -- is now just THREE LOUSY BUCKS at my online store. Made my money back on these a while ago, and there are fewer than 100 left, so if you ever wanted one, now's the time.
Also new in the store: the remaining print copies of the charming and utterly wrong holiday fable "Santa's Lil' Gimp," my 1994 collaboration with Mr. Gregory P. Dorr. (You can browse the book online at SantasLilGimp.com.) _____
Want to know how last night's signing with David Walker went? Well, for some barmy-awesome reason, KGW sent reporter Joe Smith there to do a live TV spot from Bridge City Comics. Here's the video:
Guest appearances by Cort Webber and Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts, among others.
So yeah. Last night's signing was insanely great. And it was great from the get-go, when Fats' significant other Bobbie showed up ahead of time with a homemade Sabertooth Vampire plushie she'd made in secret:
An enormous thank-you to Michael Ring of Bridge City Comics for putting this on, and to everyone who showed up. Walker and I were gobsmacked by the turnout.
Writeups of last night here and here, courtesy of Christian Lipski and Jamie S. Rich. And Chris Walsh has a ton of photos here.
Then, this Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, I'll have my first-ever table (Table C-29, to be precise) at the Stumptown Comics Fest. Here's what I'll have on hand, while supplies last:
Cort and Fatboy and the Secret of the Buried Unicorns -- just five bucks!
The Sabretooth Vampire: The Complete First Season -- a mere three bucks!
Jaxxon's 11, Vol. 1 -- a FREE 72-page ashcan of my and artist David Stroup's webcomic, which celebrates the complete insanity of 1970s Marvel "Star Wars" comics. David plans to sit at my table for a couple of hours each day, probably starting around 11 a.m.