Clutch Escargot!

Clutch Escargot CoverIt’s a new year, and I’ve got some­thing new to post. Well, tech­ni­cal­ly it’s not real­ly new, but it will be new to you readers.

Meet Clutch Escar­got and his team, all set for hi-octane adven­ture! Com­ing to you straight from the fevered mind of my friend, the love­ly and tal­ent­ed Jim Sten­strum. If you are a long­time comics fan, you may know Jim best as a writer (he wrote a lot of mem­o­rable clas­sic com­ic sto­ries pub­lished by War­ren). But Jim has also had a sec­ond career in ani­ma­tion, where he is known as quite a tal­ent­ed artist and char­ac­ter design­er. Which makes him a dou­ble threat. And we won’t even get into the years in-between those two careers, where he devel­oped quite a rep­u­ta­tion as a two-fist­ed globe-trot­ting mer­ce­nary. No, real­ly; it’s best we don’t talk about that.

The art you see here was pen­ciled by Jim. He asked me to do the hon­ors of ink­ing and col­or­ing it, so that’s what my con­tri­bu­tion was. I’ve worked with Jim many, many times over the years on var­i­ous ani­ma­tion projects, and it’s no exag­ger­a­tion to say I’ve most like­ly inked a thou­sand of his char­ac­ter designs. It’s always a blast. So say­ing “yes” when he invit­ed me to help him out with this was a no-brain­er. I think the end result is fun. I’d buy this comic.

That’s kind of my ver­sion of what this is and how it came to be. But make sure you don’t miss out on read­ing Jim’s ver­sion over here.

Let’s make sure to do the offi­cial stuff too: Clutch Escar­got is ™ and © 2011 Jim Stenstrum.

Hap­py New Year, y’all! Here’s to a great 2013.

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4 Responses to Clutch Escargot!

  1. Always a plea­sure work­ing with you, Mark. My only con­cern is the sig­na­ture block is still not quite right. “Sten­strum” should be much, much big­ger, and “Lewis,” well, don’t you think it would be much more fun if we cam­ou­flaged that in the art­work some­where, like Hirschfeld hid­ing “NINA” in one of his celebri­ty por­traits? We don’t HAVE to do it that way — I just thought it would save Amer­i­ca a lot of grief. And hasn’t Amer­i­ca had more than its share of grief lately?

    • Mark says:

      LOL! Thanks for stop­ping by and for the laugh this after­noon, Jim! I need­ed it.

      Read­ers should make sure to vis­it Jim’s site, acces­si­ble from either my list of oth­er Artist Sites at right, or here.

  2. Lyle Dodd says:

    Boy, this made me laugh. I real­ly want to know why the moon is break­ing apart. Then I was won­der­ing how Clutch shot his gun.…

    Is Salty the Sea Mon­ster his mor­tal enemy?

    • Mark says:

      I’ll have to leave it to Jim to answer all those ques­tions, when he gets this com­ic com­plet­ed. But I think it’s a safe bet Clutch doesn’t go vis­it­ing the Bon­neville Salt Flats if he can avoid it.

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