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[jerem_morrow]
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[Current Location |At the table I built with my own hands.]
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[Current Music |Odetta: Californio]





Over the course of working on the PINK DOG (Hosted here in the bastard_empire, as well.) pages I've finished thus far, a few things became clear to me. One, I was hungry to create other comics as well. The next few being finite stories, not open-ended cartoonish romps like PD. Two, while I was getting a good deal of positive feedback, I didn't want to just be "That PINK DOG guy". I'm proud of what I've accomplished with PD, but it's just a small bit of who I am, creatively. I wanted to show that, not just know it myself. Third, and maybe of the most import, I learned that the braggart fashion in which I'd presented PD, was being applied to me as a person. Now, I don't stay up nights worrying over who thinks what of me, but understanding what the comic was portraying me as, made me take a step back.

PINK DOG *is* what it is. I make no apologies. But it is what it is because it has to be. That arrogant fervor is in it's blood. And in mine, in part. But it's not the only goo sludging through my veins. With PD, I also stretched and improved as a story-teller. Miles to go, yet, but still...this is where I want to be and now I can take more forks in the road, with a small amount of confidence. I'm beginning to breathe. And it's goddamned nice.

Moving on, this work would've been posted sooner, but my comp ate my PhotoShop, and gaining a new copy has been troublesome, though several have tried to aid me. Which I thank them for. You know who you are. Speaking of friends: Not being able to tweak the pages beyond my drafting table, led me to once again ask lizzie_borden (She is UBER) for assistance. In which, she dabbled in ways I wouldn't've even considered and found a way to preserve the painterly look of the brushed ink, while attaining the bold blacks I'd wanted. She puts the PINK in the DOG, and now the bite in the...well, you'll see what they are. Hats off to her.

Without further ado and/or gilding the lily, I present part 1 of...4...5...oh, hell, like I know...of KINGDOM, suicide. It's gonna be no longer than 30 or 40 pages. Which I'll endeavor to present in a timely manner. I hope you enjoy. Thank you, very much, for taking time out of your day, to read my work. May my creations treat you as well as you deserve.





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It begins.

As to the song our stranger is singing, I couldn't find the original online, but here're the folks who created my fave version of it.

King Oliver's Jazz Band:



If there's interest, I may host it somewhere, for you guys. I was introduced to the song by a traveling musician (One Paul Lee Kupfer), who'd stopped in our coffee shop one evening, asking if he could play a while. He did, and we let him go on for much longer than he'd expected. A hit, he was. Later that night, we went together to an open mic night, where he once again dazzled patrons with his impressive repertoire and sheer ease of skill. I demanded he crash at my apt, instead of in his car. 3 of us spent the night drinking vino, basking in music and realizing this was one of those lucky moments in life that one must pay attention to, for fear of life passing one by, unnoticed.

I'd known I wanted an old jazz bit for the opening of KINGDOM, suicide, but I'd gone through many times many, with nothing grabbing me. St. James Infirmary did the job. I heard it and within just a few lines, knew this was it. No question. Our new friend had dropped the missing piece in my lap.

Turns out, the song herein, is actually an amalgamation of the King Oliver version, and our globe-trotting minstrel's own. Paul Lee's, since I'm playing at complete-ist here, can be found here (Song #6). I urge you to give it a listen, if for no other reason than to turn you on to Kupfer's work.

Oh, look - He's on YouTube now!

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[User Picture]From: magicmarmot
2009-01-15 05:50 am (UTC)

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Love, love LOVE pink dog. And now another kingdom to explore.

Hats off to you, dark sir. Please to be bringing more.
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-15 05:52 am (UTC)

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More PINK DOG is in the works, fear not!

Or maybe fearing, with this new lot, is a wise move.

And thanks!
[User Picture]From: lizzie_borden
2009-01-16 07:02 pm (UTC)

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I don't think I could allow you to stop with the Pinks even if you wanted to. It's too much of an addiction now. *starts mulling over the "Misery" scenarios* yeah, I'm completely confident that Nec would approve and even help me keep an arteest hostage -especially for continued Pink Dog...
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-16 10:12 pm (UTC)

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I can see it now: Me chained to a drafting table, in your poorly lit basement, wearing nothing but the skin of Danny DeVito. "Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those peeper?" playing faintly in the background.
[User Picture]From: lizzie_borden
2009-01-16 10:52 pm (UTC)

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You know, sometimes it's frightening how much we think alike..

Well, now that we've got the details settled I guess you'll be seeing us sometime soon.. or not *maniacal laughter*
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-17 12:43 am (UTC)

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Smithers, release the hounds.
[User Picture]From: necrophonic
2009-01-15 06:11 am (UTC)

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I dig. The little circle denoting his forehead smooshed against the window in the last cell of page 4 is a great touch. Unless that's the sun reflecting off the glass... In which case, nevermind.

The thumb on the steering wheel on page 5 isn't real-world anatomically correct, which is one of those things I notice and nit-pick. Realizing of course that this isn't the real-world, and anatomical correctness doesn't necessarily apply, it's a trivial matter.

No complaints otherwise.

/end brutal honesty

*squelches inner fanboy*

Top drawer.
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-15 06:23 am (UTC)

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Like you know what hands look like! It's not like you have any! You digit-nazi!

*ahem*

That is his head pressed against the window! My fave accent, that page. Glad you dig!

Thanks, bruder!
[User Picture]From: necrophonic
2009-01-16 02:10 am (UTC)

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If those aren't hands I have in the closet, I'd like to know just exactly what species that hooker was...
[User Picture]From: lizzie_borden
2009-01-15 06:12 am (UTC)

I have no K,s icon- this should be remedied.

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*EEEEEEEE!!*
I'm very very flattered- and SO glad that I can help with it.

You know, it always amazes me to see it when it's got the dialogue applied to it. It takes a completely different tone from what I originally expect, every single time.

-Panel 5a is one of my all time favorite panels of yours. It's right up there with "evil toast" and "Chupacabra milk".
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-15 06:29 am (UTC)

Re: I have no K,s icon- this should be remedied.

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1- Always glad to have you aboard. Especially since you make me look better!

2- That's very kind of you. Not like that finger-obsessed cracker...what's'hisface, above.

3- As an artist, yourself, you well know how hard it is to get what's in your head out onto paper or screen or whatever, exactly as you see it in your mindmeats. This panel is one of those rare moment when it's *verbatim* what I'd planned. It'll happen again when I'm 67 1/3. Huzzah!
[User Picture]From: lizzie_borden
2009-01-15 11:16 pm (UTC)

Re: I have no K,s icon- this should be remedied.

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*ahem*
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[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-16 12:44 am (UTC)

Re: I have no K,s icon- this should be remedied.

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Stoled!
[User Picture]From: lizzie_borden
2009-01-16 12:57 am (UTC)

Re: I have no K,s icon- this should be remedied.

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Thief! Don't you go copyright infringing on my mad copyrighted art icon making skillz!
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-16 01:41 am (UTC)

Re: I have no K,s icon- this should be remedied.

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THAT'S MY ICON I MADE OF STOLEN THE OFFICE PICS I FOUND ON GOOGLE OMGZ YALLS!!!
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[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-15 09:36 pm (UTC)

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Thanks and soon!
[User Picture]From: solaria1022
2009-01-15 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Interesting.
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-15 09:35 pm (UTC)

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Thanks.
[User Picture]From: prisoner007
2009-01-15 03:24 pm (UTC)

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Looks good. Interested in seeing the rest. This looks like something you could probably get published, maybe by Oni or someone similiar.

I love Saint James Infirmary but prefer the Louis Armstrong version.
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-15 09:38 pm (UTC)

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Thanks, mate. I'm definitely gonna shop it around once it's complete, to indie publishers.
[User Picture]From: finleigh
2009-01-16 09:18 am (UTC)

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Oh, well done.

My favorite is the my giiirl frame. Frame? Box? Blurb?

(Man, I just rambled out an extended explanation of the Russian Birth Dearth to bring up why I know fuck all about comic terminology.) Nevermind, suffice it to say that I don't know what to call the individual peeektures, but that one's my favorite. Of course, I always had a thing for big noses.

Christ. Rambling. Bed.

Good on you!
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-16 10:08 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! You obvious drunk!

p.s. Panels. Yip.
[User Picture]From: cailement
2009-01-16 04:18 pm (UTC)

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Interest. Directed here by wolven.
[User Picture]From: jerem_morrow
2009-01-16 10:09 pm (UTC)

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Shhhhhhhhhhh. Don't say his name out loud. He'll hear you.