From the Vaults: Maximum Cactus
Being the rookie that I was, I approached the marathon challenge all wrong. Chief among those mistakes? Working digitally. (photos by Dan Greenwald)
I don’t have any beef with drawing digitally. I think it’s great! But in 2010, I had no experience drawing comics on the computer.
Other mistakes were made too. A year later, I wrote this list of the things I did wrong that day (featuring peeks at my script and completed art).
I completed nine pages that day and for years I sat on them. They’re kinda ugly and confusing. I didn’t feel like trying to make anything coherent out of them.
But early in 2013, I decided to answer an anthology’s open call for submissions with a reworked version of my Maximum Cactus tale. Here’s what I submitted:
My art here is rife with subconscious sexual imagery. I wish I could claim that I was consciously trying to make an awkward comic book full of phallic and vaginal symbolism, but I had no clue what I was doing.
Which is the exact reason why Maximum Cactus was unfinished for years before I finally unearthed it… FROM THE VAULTS!!!