It’s Independence Day today in the U.S. of A.! That usually means time off, doing fun things like picnics or barbecues with friends, possibly taking in a fireworks show (depending on where you live), and maybe hopefully even giving a thought to some of the freedoms we’re privileged to enjoy in this country, which we can sometimes take for granted.
This post is mostly motivated by the fact that realizing the holiday was coming up, I had an image pop into my mind appropriate for the day, so I thought I’d go for it! As noted there, the character is Miss Firecracker from Big Bang Comics, though she’s depicted here in a different style from how she ever appeared in Big Bang.
This is a good opportunity to talk about Big Bang Comics a little bit. Some people reading this may know that I was a contributor to Big Bang through its most active years. Though I can’t claim to have been there from the absolute very beginning, I did get in pretty early on. The character I had the most involvement in shaping would’ve been the Badge. But thanks to Big Bang honchos Gary Carlson and Chris Ecker, I got the chance to get my hands into a whole lot more than that.
Not only did I get to draw a number of other Big Bang characters (particularly on fake comic covers as seen in “The Big Bang History of Comics” issues of Big Bang Comics), I got to design several other characters, create logos, even kibitz on some storylines, ink and color. The way I looked at Big Bang, it was sort of “comics history through a funhouse mirror.” You got to create things that felt familiar, yet new at the same time. It was a really fun ride, guys! Thanks much!
I’ve got another post already in the pipeline that I hope to be able to pull the trigger on soon, but that’s it for this one. Have a great 4th, everyone!