Hydee Hits the Funny Pages

I’ve just been giv­en the go-ahead to final­ly spill the beans about a project I worked on ear­li­er this year. It’s what I was talk­ing about in this post. I got to help with the art for a short Hydee and the Hy Tops com­ic, which is to be pro­duced as a give­away. You get to see it all above, for the first time any­where, probably.

Once again, I was giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to col­lab­o­rate with the love­ly and tal­ent­ed Jim Sten­strum (who is try­ing to get togeth­er a site of his own. When that hap­pens, it will be in my blogroll). Jim pen­cilled these pages, while I did all the col­or­ing and let­ter­ing. There were no pen­cils harmed in the mak­ing of this com­ic, as there was no ink­ing in the usu­al sense. The art style has no con­tain­ment lines; just flat areas of col­or, with occa­sion­al bits of col­ored linework only where need­ed. The look of the com­ic was based on what we’d done for the flash-ani­mat­ed Hydee fea­ture, which I don’t think has been released just yet (Though you can see some of the work I did for that here in my Gal­leries).

I enjoyed work­ing with the Hydee char­ac­ters, both in the com­ic and on the fea­ture. The sce­nario was kind of “Josie and the Pussy­cats by way of the Go-Gos, but if they were being formed now for the Dis­ney Chan­nel,” if that descrip­tion makes any sense. And the client was a dream to work with (which, as any­one in ani­ma­tion can tell you, is not some­thing you can expect to hap­pen all that often). I wish all clients were that good to work with! If the oppor­tu­ni­ty pre­sent­ed itself to work with the prop­er­ty again, under the same kind of cir­cum­stances, I would not hes­i­tate to do it. It was fun.

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