It’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.
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?
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.
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?
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.