Doot Doot Garden: The Blog of Craig Thompson
Doot Doot Garden: The blog of graphic novelist Craig Thompson
laser boob army & scrambled seaweed April 5th, 2013

Springtime instigates spring cleaning of the art studio. Here’s a couple of goodies unearthed in the process. Above is a batch of unused illustrations created for a stage presentation at the 2005 ICON Illustration Conference. The general talking point of each illo is: a) preconceptions of comics, b) the obliviousness and/or coping mechanisms of arteests, c) SCOTT McCLOUD as a cult leader of sorts for my generation of cartoonists, d) the reality that most cartoonists pay the bills via illustration gigs, e) the debate over the label “graphic novel”.

Below is another except from the 70 foot scroll I created in fourth grade (1985 or 1986) when I was approximately the same age as Violet in the upcoming SPACE DUMPLINS. Wish I could scan this entire epic for you… in the meantime, there’s a little more on it here.


7 Responses to “laser boob army & scrambled seaweed”

  1. Lili Says:

    I like the kids drawings, they are so fun to see!

  2. Jordi Says:

    That foot scroll looks really fun. What subject was it for? :)

  3. Jess smart smiley Says:

    Ha! That Scott McCloud illustration is hilarious!

  4. Monica Says:

    Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Sam Says:

    Hi Craig, I just wanted to say thank you for all the brilliant novels I’ve read. I only discovered your work recently and loved loved loved Blankets (the story really resonated with me!) and Habibi (which was the best christmas present I got). I am reading Carnet De Voyage at the moment. Anyway, it might not be appropriate to post fan mail here so I will stop. :) Greetings from London, UK.

  6. Jose de Leon Says:

    You would make the best Laser Boob Army illustrated novels ever, Craig!

  7. mike feher Says:

    is it just me, or does that girl in scott mccloud’s lap, in Panel c,
    eerily resemble the “Girl with the atrophied hand” in Doug Tennapels creature tech?

    haha, conspiracy stuff .cool

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