The Secret History Of Detective Space Caton June 19, 2012 at 12:00 am
Hi, and welcome to Detective Space Cat (dot com), a brand new web comic written by myself and Colin Bell with art by Nina Cadman! I really hope you like it.
You might be asking yourself, "So what's this all about then?" I'm very fond of the sound of my own voice (or, in this case, the visibility of lots and lots of text written by me), so allow me to clue you in on everything you need to know up until now and probably a few things you don't. In fact, it's mostly stuff you don't, but bear with me anyway.
There's this little ol' website out there on the internet you may or may not have heard of called Multiversity Comics (enjoyed by some, derided by others), and every year we forget about April Fool's. A lot of people find the "holiday" immature and ridiculous, but it can be quite a lot of fun if you plan something clever in advance. For three years now, though, we've come up with something at the last second and just ran with it. It's with that in mind that two years ago, I e-mailed Joe Eisma (artist of "Morning Glories" and impossibly awesome guy) and asked if he wouldn't mind drawing up a picture based on three random words I'd come up with: Detective. Space. Cat. Joe obliged, and the 2011 April Fool's Day prank was born.
Since then, Joe and I have always sort of joked about the "future" of Detective Space Cat. Obviously Joe is drawing the aforementioned "Morning Glories" and is quite happy with that, so it's not like he would be drawing a DSC comic anytime soon, but I had permission to do with the character whatever I wanted should the opportunity arise. It was in October of 2011, though, that I worked with Nina Cadman on an intermission comic for my regular web-serialized graphic novel CONTROL (with Kristin Boucher), and I enjoyed her art style quite a bit -- enough so that I popped the question to her and asked if she would be willing to draw Detective Space Cat.
Due to life getting in the way, DSC was temporarily put on hold for a while until one day, for reasons I can not for the life of me remember, I decided to e-mail Twitter pal Colin Bell to ask if he'd be interested in co-writing Detective Space Cat. (I want to say part of it is that it was a new year and I fancied doing more comics with all these scripts I had laying around on my desktop, but I can't be certain.) Colin writes the SICBA nominated comic Jonbot vs Martha with Neil Slorance, which Nina and I had paid tribute to in CONTROL, and I'd always thought he was rather funny. If anyone could tell me when my jokes were terrible, I figured it might as well be someone I've never met personally who has no problem e-mailing me to tell me I'm a hack. And wouldn't you know it, in January I had registered for this URL and Colin had put together a teaser featuring a really terrible image I drew and he colored parodying that Millar/Gibbons "Secret Service" tease. (Or is that coloured?)
And that's how our little family came together. Scripts were written, characters were designed, universes were built and now you get to read it all.
I want to once again send out a thank you to Mr. Joe Eisma for his original Space Cat design (Go buy "Morning Glories!" Volume 3 out soon!) and a thank you to Mr. Tim Daniel for that wonderful logo you see at the top of the page. Tim has written this graphic novella called "Enormous" which comes out in July, and it is fantastic. Definitely one of my favorite things I've read this year.
I think I've just about written enough here, yeah? Alright. Here's a Blingee'd image of Space just because: