Sunday, March 21, 2010

Strange Question -- part 2


  1. Nice story! Where did it came from?

  2. Thanks, Erin - I appreciate it!

    Dries, this story appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13, a special deluxe hardcover anthology of comics. If you go looking for it, avoid the first printing if you can -- my pages were printed out of order! (It was corrected in subsequent editions)...

  3. Richard-

    Is it printed nowhere else? I'd swear that I've read it before in one of my books, but I don't want to search through my shelves for it!

  4. Lichanos -- Yes, you are right! An earlier version of the story is in my first book Hypnotic Tales. It was in black & white and only three pages long. When the editors of McSweeneys asked for submissions, they said we could contribute either a new strip or an older one that we liked. So I decided to do both! I was never quite satisfied with the art on the earlier strip so I (kind of impulsively) decided to do a "remake" in color (I remember thinking how Hitchcock had remade his own 1930s black & white film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, as a lavish color movie in the 1950s). Anyway -- when the pages were printed out of order, I took it as a sign from the gods that it was kind of egotistical as to be remaking my own stories!

  5. Tsk tsk, ho hum...these artists! Can't even keep their own work straight. I found my copy of Hypnotic Tales, and yes, there it was! But wasn't your first book Night Drive? Or does that not count because it was self-published? Well, I have a copy of that too.


    P.S. I kind of like the new artwork better, but pages out of order, hmmm... a really bad sign.

  6. I love the color scheme in this strip. Really conveys a since of moody night-time. Beautiful stuff!