the NEW fan-atic head
Over the years I have forgotten the origin of this head. It's history is cloudy and unclear, like the origin of Alfred E Newman.
I know I drew the original head. Beyond that... I have a major senior moment mental block. I'm pretty sure I drew it in the upper left-corner of a cover I drew for Slam Bang back when it was just a little photocopied mini comic. I could walk across the room right now and dig into the mini comic archives and verify that.
But that would not answer what I have forgotten over the years - Did I draw this face out of thin air, or was I copying some pre-existing Fan-Atic logo thing? It seems like the latter to me, but I'm not sure.
Last week I got an urge to draw a new cleaned-up head. In our emails, I asked Allen Freeman (publisher) if he recalled the origin, and got a cryptic answer that I'm not sure was even an answer at all. I think he completely missed the question. He's old and easily distracted too.
Here's a picture he sent me. Mrs. Allen Freeman actually quilted that white-on-black head behind him. I didn't know that thing existed, that hand-sewn beauty! It kinda makes my head spin, to think some ugly little face I doodled 20 years ago exists now as a lovingly hand-crafted quilt. I get all sentimental and experience slight vertigo.
Now that I have drawn the new head, I'm not sure if I prefer it. What do you think? It's kinda like that old children's record "Chocolate Train". I LOVE the old scratchy surface-noise version I have on tape. The newer, cleaner version I found years later - eh, not as much.
NEW MICHAEL HALL ART!!!
An Open Letter to eeTeeD:
I hereby publicly grant you permission to create that zoetrope thing you want me to do. I just don't have time to do it. You do it and send it here. I'll post it so the world can have access to a Teeny Weeny zoetrope and angels will rejoice. If it's really good I'll show it to Nick Mag and if they print it I'll give you 80% of the money. I still own the character 100% but you can have the lion's share of the zoetrope money. This offer is strictly limited to eeTeeD and the zoetrope. I don't grant any other Teeny Weeny rights to anyone, beyond the publishing rights that I grant to Nickelodeon.