The Secret Origin of the Twisted Image Comic Strip (part 2)

The editor of Street Spirit asked me to write about the “history” of my Twisted Image comic strip. And you know me, I never miss a chance to talk about myself (a subject I find endlessly fascinating, ha ha). . . It was 1984 and I had been trying to come up with an idea for a comic strip for some time. And I came up with various cartoon characters. And various concepts for comic strips. But none of them were any good. So finally, after much trying and failing, I just said: “Fuck it! I’m just going to draw whatever I feel like drawing.” . . . So I sat down at the old drawing board and I just started drawing whatever I was thinking of, and whatever I happened to be interested in, at that particular moment.

And it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. “Yeah! THAT’S it! That’s the idea for my comic strip!!”

And that would be the under-lying principal of just about every comic strip I would draw over the next 10 years. “Whatever I Feel Like Comix” . . .Until one day, 10 years later, when I sat down at the drawing board and no longer felt like drawing them, and that was the end of that.

But that’s the funny thing about ideas. The best ideas are often the simplest ideas. But they just happen to perfectly coincide with your particular temperament.

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