So, as if you don’t already know, today marks the release of DOWN SET FIGHT! Hurray! Hazzuh! And the like…! Of all my work to date this is the one I am most fond of. Having looked through the TPB I realized it was so packed full of story we weren’t able to include any of development work. Oh, boy, chumps and chumpettes are you in for it now.
Here it comes, a post specially dedicated to some of the behind-the-scenes work I did leading up to the production of DSF.
The first time I was contact about the book was late 2010 — Editor-man Charlie Chu and I had been discussing about finding me a home at ONI (thanks again, Charlie, you’re the best!). After batting a few pitches back and forth he sent me what was the initial pitch for DOWN SET FIGHT! from Chris Sims and Chad Bowers. To ensure the union would be solid I was asked to develop some character sketches and tackle (pun! Boooo!) audition pages (which I’ve just discovered have been lost to the ravages of time).
Now, bear in mind, this was even prior to the release of my first book THE INTREPIDS so you’ll quickly notice the difference in refinement. First up the original design for FEARLESS himself:
Alright DOWN SET FIGHT fans, get ready to be blasted in the ass with the penultimate chapter of the digital release! Chuck and Molly find themselves in a whole heap of trouble with the SUDDEN DEATH SQUAD and their leader DOGPOUND (#DP). Get ready for the biggest throw down in comics this year!
Between dog collars, power bombs, and beer drinking this chapter has a little of everything for everyone. Did I mention #DP?
Get ready, humps, here comes CHAPTER 5: STRANGE SPORTS STORIES!!!
Have you ever wanted to beat up a mascot? Have their cold, dead eyes and synthetic fur ever made your blood boil? Well, you’re not alone.
Mascot Massacring is a renowned past time and its most legendary practitioner is “Fearless” Chuck Fairlane, the star of our upcoming graphic novel and current digital sensation DOWN SET FIGHT!
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Remember, folks, comic books are a full-contact sport.
Okay, sumbitches, ready your-sumbitch-selves for the “UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF AL FAIRLANE” — get to know the papa of the Real American Icon “Fearless” Chuck Fairlane! Everything is gearing up from here to the penultimate chapter available next week (and my personal favourite of the book!)
Down Set Fight #4 (of 6)
"Fearless" Chuck Fairlane was football’s fastest rising star, but his career came to a screeching halt when he was expelled from the league after goin’ HAM and causing the biggest brawl in the history of sports. Years later, Chuck has found peace as a high school football coach, until costumed mascots begin attacking him for seemingly no reason. Before long, Chuck’s going to discover that you can’t run away from the past-but you CAN punch it square in the face! (Part 4 of 6)
The strange story of Chuck Fairlane continues this week, and this is where things get wild. The guy showing up at Chuck’s school dressed like an elephant to challenge him to a fight was one thing, but when Chuck meets up with FBI Agent Molly Harrison to get to the bottom of things, they’re attacked by someone even stranger. His name’s Barclay, and he is "THE BEAR IN THE BAR!"
This 26-page chapter can be yours for a mere $1.99, bringing you one of the biggest brawls in comics, a sequence that I think Chad, Scott Josh and I are all really proud of. Grab it, and tell your friends that it’s TIME TO GET GRIZZLY!
The insanity amps up 1000x with Chapter 3 and ‘The Bear in the Bar”
Toth’s rarely seen “Rolling Stone” story. A warning for lovestruck G.I.s, or lovestruck any dude, really.
This one’s new to me! Jeez-whiz, that intro panel!
Alex Toth model sheets for Hanna-Barbera’s Herculoids, from Alex Toth:By Design, by the artist and Darrell McNeil.