Never Seen Before! My Old Comics From 2008-2009

2015 Artwork comics 2008 to 10 article sketch

Well, although I’m feeling artistically inspired again, I seem to have got writer’s block again when it comes to writing these daily articles.

So, for today, I thought that I’d show you a few badly-drawn comics I made in 2008-9 that have never been seen before…. probably for a good reason.

Although I didn’t make a huge number of comics back then, I made a few. Some of these took a bit of digging to find and this is just a fraction of the overall number of comics I made back then – many of the best ones are too introspective, too melodramatic and/or too weird to post here.

Since I drew many of these comics in hardback notebooks rather than in (easily-scanned) spiral-bound sketchbooks, the quality of these images won’t always be great. I’ve also edited a couple of these pictures digitally too (once for legibility reasons and three times for privacy reasons).

As usual, you can see a larger versions of any comic in this article if you click on it.

Anyway, let’s get started….

Deck Trouble

“Deck Trouble” was a webcomic that I’d planned to post online in 2009, but didn’t. It was meant to be a topical and fairly random comic, but it wasn’t really that good. Even so, here are three strips from it (with commentary).

I made this comic a while after I saw the first  J.J.Abrams "Star Trek" film at the cinema. Sorry about the poor image quality in this comic.

I made this comic a while after I saw the first J.J.Abrams “Star Trek” film at the cinema. Sorry about the poor image quality in this comic.

This comic is titled "Only The Good Die Young" and I made it in early-mid 2009 after reading that 3D Realms had closed down and that "Duke Nukem Forever" would never be released. Luckily, or unluckily, this didn't turn out to be the case for long....

This comic is titled “Only The Good Die Young” and I made it in early-mid 2009 after reading that 3D Realms had closed down and that “Duke Nukem Forever” would never be released. Luckily, or unluckily, this didn’t turn out to be the case for long….

This is a totally random "Deck Trouble" comic about Walt Whitman that I made after reading a news story about one of the Westboro Baptist Church's stupid protests in America. This comic is only really funny if you know that Walt Whitman apparently used the Calamus plant as a symbol for gay love in his poems.

This is a totally random “Deck Trouble” comic about Walt Whitman that I made after reading a news story about one of the Westboro Baptist Church’s stupid protests in America. This comic is only really funny if you know that Walt Whitman apparently used the Calamus plant as a symbol for gay love in his poems.

Trentport West

“Trentport West” was a sci-fi short story that I wrote in late 2008/early-mid 2009 (and planned in mid-2008). Anyway, I tried – and failed – to make a couple of comics based on it during this time….

This is probably the least badly-drawn page of the prequel comic I made in summer 2008.

This is probably the least badly-drawn page of the prequel comic I made in summer 2008.

I drew this sometime during Christmas 2008 and it was supposed to be the beginning of another prequel comic. But, I got writer's block very quickly, so this is pretty much all of it.

I drew this sometime during Christmas 2008 and it was supposed to be the beginning of another prequel comic. But, I got writer’s block very quickly, so this is pretty much all of it.

Writer’s Block comic

Finally, in very late 2009/very early 2010, I had a seriously terrible case of writer’s block. And, in an attempt to finish a short story I was writing at the time, I decided to make a badly-drawn three-page comic based on it. This is probably the least badly-drawn page from that comic:

And, yes, the guy on the cloud is supposed to be a literal representation of the terrible "deus ex machina" plotting in this story.

And, yes, the guy on the cloud is supposed to be a literal representation of the terrible “deus ex machina” plotting in this story.

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Anyway, I hope that this glimpse into my artistic past was interesting 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll think of an idea for a proper article for tomorrow…

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