I’ve always believed that working on an established property would help my career by raising my professional profile and introducing new fans to my work, and the pay would be nice…
But there are some properties out there that I’d want to work on, yes for all those reasons, but mostly because I love those properties! I have ideas, y’see. I have stories that I’d want to tell! I have new directions I’d want to take them in!
Some of you who know me can probably guess whats on this list, and maybe have already seen some sketches or pitches I’ve done already. I can get pretty vocal talking about my cool ideas.
These are the properties, in no particular order, that I really feel would offer me a creative and satisfying challenge, but could also benefit from my involvement. (Personally, I think that each of these ideas would sell like hot cakes. Hot cakes that grant wishes and lay golden retrievers.)
1. Laurel and Hardy
Peter and I have been Laurel and Hardy fans since we were toddlers. We have a great idea for a graphic novel featuring one feature length story and two short stories. We have a script that really captures the spirit and comedy of Laurel and Hardy. We just need a green light. And a publisher. Is anyone out there brave enough to publish a Laurel and Hardy comic?!?
2. The Wonder Twins
Twins with magic powers. Fun action-packed all ages adventures. A blue space monkey. All the ingredients are there to make the Wonder Twins the new breakout stars of the comics world! Our take, a mix of action, adventure and comedy, would go more into detail about the Twin’s mysterious origin, the source of their ring’s powers, and a quest to find the other missing power rings before a nefarious villain can use them to take over the galaxy! We could also play up the twin angle. Wonder Twins by real life twins!
I have an idea for a Popeye graphic novel that would explore the sailor’s role as a father to his adopted son, and serve as a coming of age story to a now ten year old Swee’ Pea. Swee’ Pea is clever and smart, but can’t live up to his father’s tough guy reputation, and Popeye is having trouble relating to his educated son, so he decides a father/son bonding adventure is just what they need. When the Sea Hag shows up and adds real danger to their sea voyage, its only by teaming up their brains and brawn that they can hope to survive!
4. Mighty Mouse
Mighty Mouse has had a lot of different origin stories and interpretations. Our take would provide him with a new origin and some cool new bad guys, while honoring and incorporating the things that came before. You could expect a great mix of irreverent humor and superhero action if the Timony Twins got a hold of the original super rodent!
5. The Twilight Zone
Of course I’d love to take a trip to the Twilight Zone! Just one sic-fi story with a twist ending is all I need. I created this page mostly because I wanted to write something in Serling-speak and because Rod looked like someone who’d be fun to draw.
In summation, I expect the lucrative cash money offers to start pouring in any minute now, in spite of Mick Jagger’s claim that I can’t always get what I want. Maybe not, Mr. Jagger, but what about sometimes?!? I want them all, but I’d be happy with any one of these. Where’d I put that wish granting hot cake? I also want a puppy.