My long-winded explanation that applied to the previous page also applies to this page. Of course with the addition that Flexia looks fetching in the last two panels.
Then there’s the history of this thing that I should have explained earlier.
There was a certain “King” of Small Press that back when he had a review ‘zine, lauded my comics as being great and something the professional Indie Comic publishers with their four color covers were missing out on for not picking up and publishing. Then he started his own Indie company. I worked hard to make this the best thing that I’ve done so far especially for him. Given a gift horse he unceremoniously dumped on it without giving it much of a glance. I personally think that he was meaning mean and cliquish and generally doing a variation of the bad Human Resources practice of “hiring down”. After all, Asinine Head or Honko the Clown didn’t have the potential to threaten his ego or upstage him in his own company. And this is despite all the nickpicks about the rendering and writing, it was still good enough to go on to be the only A+ College Journalism project handed to him.
How this became an A+ College Journalism is yet another of the many convoluted stories associated with this thing.
During the Fall of ’88 semester of when I was in the Iowa Western Electronics Program, Steve Stone, who was then the head of the Journalism Department, got wind that I drew cartoons and would occasionally ask if I would like to contribute to the college paper. I was mostly ignoring him at my own peril, because of a spotty experience with the previous instructor.
At the beginning of the Spring of ’89, Mr. Stone asked me one time too many. Since the self-congratulatory pony-tailed hipsters of the Indie Comic scene didn’t get my comics, I thought surely that Flexia and friends would pretty much weird out this old guy and he’ll stop asking.
So the next morning, I stuffed my portfolio full of InterStellar OverDrive stuff, the revised ISOD#1 and #2, the few pages that I had done of ISOD #3, and probably ISOD #0 and some Fanboy stuff. I took it down to his office and showed it to him. Amazingly enough, he loved it and showered it with an embarrassment of flattery (c.f.: “I remember when Batman and Superman issues were in the single digits back when I was a kid and these are much better!”) Mr. Stone was also a Comparative Lit Professor slumming as a Journalism instructor and like the comic on that level too.
Mr. Stone then took my comics to Nick Chiburis, who was the head of the Art Department to get another opinion on the art and Mr. Chiburis thought that it was fine. Mr. Chiburis was another grand old man, often dating sweet young things with fantasy psyches that could pass for Playmates of the Month. He would do his art such as take the trolley mechanism out of a hayloft in a barn and alter it so that it looked like it was extruding female breast and then he dubbed it “The Amazing Mermaid Machine”.
So the revised InterStellar OverDrive #1 ended up being published as a one-shot insert in the IWCC paper. Plus Mr. Stone sent an example to his literary agent, who reputedly said something like, they would pick it up if it was prose. His son, who was a substitute teacher for him, called InterStellar OverDrive, “the first college level comic”.
Not bad of a comic that I would now like to fix a 1000 things on….