Well, it’s 6 more hours before my first webcomic goes live, and I suppose I ought to take this chance to describe how it all came together.
The seeds for
D.A. – No, mustn’t use the acronym – Dangerous and Fluffy: The Sheep of Doom were sown many years ago – I can remember toying with the idea of a farmer superhero when I was nobbut eighteen or so, but it wasn’t until about two years ago that I actually commited pen to paper, with a short dialogue between young Gregory Senthwaite and his parents, which is roughly equivelent to this coming update and the first page of the next update (it ends just before the “Clawed Death From Above” sequence on page 4), though various scribbled down notes set out the plot until just before the appearance of Bledlow (the cheerful, nautical-looking individual you may have seen in our promotional art). Everything after that point, with the exception of a single page that will come right at the end of Chapter 1, several months in the future, is new material.
For those of you who are interested in such things, the original title was Superfarmer, changed to the rather more interesting sounding Gregory Senthwaite and the Sheep of Doom before I closed my notes on it two years ago, and changed to the current title just before we started drawing.
About a year ago, I remember showing these little story notes to a friend, who asked me if it was going to become a comic. And I replied that there was no way it would become a comic, it was doomed to remain a story. I may have privately thought it would be nice to have it as a comic, but saw no real chance of it becoming one, and was resigned to having it as an amusing tale.
Fate has made me eat my words. It’s crafty like that.
Late last year, I thought it might be fun to do a guest comic for Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan. I didn’t have much talent, but thought if I carefully wrote the script, I could get away with only drawing people from the front. That… was hopeless. I ended up with a fun script that I was completely incapable of drawing. But Reinder came to the rescue and introduced me to Jeroen Jager. It was a fun project for both of us, and gret fun, but afterwards, we lost touch again.
It’s probably only my Gilbert and Sullivan obsession that leads me to compare this to Gilbert and Sullivan meeting to do an odd little play called Thespis, which went largely unnoticed, then several years later being thrown together again to do Trial by Jury and begining the famous Gilbert and Sullivan Operas, so well loved even now… but I fear my internal scholar is showing. As you may have guessed, another event – me learning about the start of Cap’n, being greatly amused and quite shocked that he was mining the vein of subtle, bizarre, and perhaps just a teensy bit perverted humour that I often use, perhaps a bit more sparingly than in the first three comics of the Cap’n restart, but, well, those aliens that Thomas talks about in our first update and who have slept in my files for these many years are in that same style of humour through embarrassing revelations as Jeroen was using. I had to spread the word about this comic, and doing so caught Jeroen’s attention, and lead to us agreeing to collaborate.
His character designs could have been drawn directly from my imagination. I was shocked – and delighted. We soon got the first two pages of our comic together, whilst wondering what to do with it noticed that Graphic Smash was about to finish up a comics selection period, sent the comics to T on the off chance….
And here we are!
Dangerous and Fluffy: The Sheep of Doom!