Here I am in 8th grade, with my pet rat named HERO clinging to my shirt.
This picture is what it means to be an awkward teen. As if the bowl cut wasn’t enough, I was about to go through two years of torment where I would grow another 9 inches in height. Behind me is a key to the universe.
Fast forward another 30 years and I created one of the most popular video game characters of all time, married the best woman I’ve ever met and I grew into my 6’8″ after all. The contrast of this stupid, naïve kid who loved rats and a middle aged man is where I started the journey for RATFIST.
After making 10 graphic novels I thought it would be a good time to try the medium of the on-line comic. I’ve watched Ethan Nicolle tear the internet apart with AXECOP for the last year and he makes it look so easy.
It’s been a while since I goofed around with the dorky hero genre of Earthworm Jim, and I wanted to return to that world and those fans to give them a modern take on absurdist humour.
After finishing three digital graphic novels, I needed to go back to the old ink and brush. I didn’t know exactly how Ratfist would turn out, but I knew it was going to be wild. I wanted ink to be splattered everywhere! This is all drawn using Japanese Sumi ink with a coarse bamboo and horsehair brush with a little detail work filled in by my trusty Windsor Newton Series 7.
Most of all, I’m excited about the daily publishing format. I’ve never put up a page then found out what everyone thought of just that increment of the story. The comments section are a huge part of Ratfist, this is where YOU become part of the entertainment. Don’t be a troll, but do chime in. There’s going to be a lot to talk about so let’s have some fun!
Get your rat ear on, kid!