Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kids Read Comics

This past weekend I participated in Dave Roman’s Comics Quickfire Challenge at the Kids Read Comics celebration in Ann Arbor.

In this event there are two teams of cartoonists. Each team is lead by a kid chosen from the audience and the teams compete to draw the ultimate four panel comic. Each panel must be drawn in under 60 second and the topics are determined by the audience. My teams comic was “The Bunny Apocalypse” and I was chosen to draw the third panel, “the twist.”

Now, by panel two there had already been a massive explosion in bunny world and the “twist” that an audience member suggested was the arrival of a “hare dresser” to save the blown-up bunnies.

And so, in the space of an instant, Max Hold (Hare Dresser, though he prefers the term “stylist”), was born. Wielding his magic, oversized comb, and wearing his rabbit ears that warn him of danger, he runs to save all rabbits from their impending doom. Or something like that. For this picture I gave him a sidekick named “Cool Hare” and I experimented with zipatone patterns in Photoshop.

Also at KRC, i was given THIS FANTASTIC ZITA FAN ART from artist Joshua Buchanan!

Huzzah! More to come.

15 comments:

Tim Canny said...

Lol! Hare stylist! I like the super-sized comb and I'm always a fan of the zipatone patterns. And it looks like Cool Hare has a bit of a crush on Max Hold. Hrmmm!

And that is a sweet bit of fan art. I really like the Hobbit vibe the cowl and knickers give Zita. Makes me wonder what kind of mash-up adventure Zita would have if she landed in Middle Earth on her way home. It would be called something like "A Virginia Space Girl in King Aragorn's Court"

Ben Hatke said...

Ha, thanks Tim. I was pretty excited about the fan art too.

And Cool Hare? He's got a crush on LIFE ITSELF.

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