The Gutters: Top Cow contest

I illustrated another script at The Gutters, which, if you like it, you should make a point of mentioning in their comments section so they continue to give me work. This one mocks Top Cow’s talent search contest in the manner of an old Goofy instructional video. Here’s your guide to the Easter eggs that might be too small to see in the final version:

The Gutters #80 — Goofy in Top Cow Pilot Season

Panel 1 — The background in panel one is a shrink of the American Idol stage. At this size I think it just looks like a weird setpiece.
The script called for adoring women drawn in a Disney style, which is the MK-Ultra trigger-phrase that activates my Bourne memories of Alison Brie as Red Riding Hood in Community‘s Halloween episode. Pursuing a theme, I also transformed Ms.Gillian Jacobs, though for both I ignored Disney’s technique of shrinking the lower half of a woman’s head. (Disney princesses practically have children’s jaws.) Honestly, I think I could have done a little better with Brie, but Jacobs I’m pretty happy with.

Annie & Britta are the MaryAnne & Ginger of our generation

Any Top Cow book, even one written by a Disney character, has an 88% chance of starring a half-naked woman with more breast than character. Here’s a jab so lazy it does not contain enough spoof parts per billion to qualify as satire:

It’s as unsexy as it sounds

Panel 2 requred fat nerds, so of course I was going to draw Comic Book Guy and John Byrne. But my colleague friends and I are rampaging engines of sexy nerdstruction, so I had to embiggen us for our cameo.

Panel 3 — I tried to stick this guy in an Orange Lantern shirt, but I let hate distract me and did it wrong.

In the nerd hierarchy, Orange Lanterns are the lowest Lantern you can be.

Panel 8 called for sheer horror in Goofy’s expression, and nothing says that like skull eyes.

Goofy wears pants, so presumably castration terrifies him

By the way, I deliberately forewent a lot of shading since it had to start off Disney style and only in ensuing panels get gritty, so the colorist did a really lovely job rounding out the shapes I could only suggest by contour. I also like the magic marker look that desaturates those bright Disney flats but leaves the hue. Really feels worn, tired and desperate — perfect for this strip.

…and my life.

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