A few commenters were curious what kind of stuff I spent time on while I was on the narcotic pain-killers. I call the drawing below "Tus-Keane Raider".
You may not think you're familiar with the paintings of Margaret Keane, but you are.
You see ? that's my poiint !That's Pure classic man.
Took me over a month to finally do it, but I've read every Basic Instructions from the first. Can't wait to see more, hope you're feeling okay after your surgery!
Okay, so that was the scariest google image search result EVER.
I was thinking of the late lamented Vaughn Bode, not Keane.
I'm with Wombat18 on this one
How is omnipresent man surprised?
Actually, no I'm not familiar with her work. And considering the freaky results on that page, I'm kind of happy that I'm not. I'll take a Renoir painting over an image of Freaky Eyes McGee any day.
After reading all of these back-to-back, it occurs to me that we're not giving the Moon-Men enough credit. Sure, they may always be ultimately defeated by Rocket Hat, but they're VERY good at initially capturing him.Maybe it's all the chains?
Yeah. With the others. Not a Keane fan.
Scott.... your "super" hero comics are the first "Super"heros I have ever liked and enjoyed reading. Too bad there are not two of you *like* as with Rocketman and Omnipresent Man.... for if there were, you could have TWO websites and have one site devoted to new "Basic Instructions" comics and the other one be the ' "Super"hero Instructions ' daily comic site.
You really should figure out how to become two people.... so we can have these two concurrent sites. I'm serious! It does not have to be only a pipe dream (although I did just smoke my pipe).
After careful perusal of the pictures on that link, I can assure you that I have never before seen her work and will avoid it in the future.
It appears the eyes have it.
Ok, Keane is just freaky.
Rocket Hat man seems to have Perry the Platypus syndrome. Always gets captured, but once he's captured he has them right where he wants them. He also seems to talk about as much as Perry the Platypus does. (can you tell I have kids?)
I love Basic Instructions, and having them back-to-back-to-back is just awesome. Even if I have read them before it doesn't matter, I usually go back and read them over again anyway.
To be fair, Scott said that we may be FAMILIAR WITH Keane's paintings, not that we might be fans. (Wow, seeing a whole page of those creepy big eyes is overload! Need to take it in small doses, at most...)
Oh, this was one of my favorite Moon Men vs Rocket Hat strips... all the poses & expressions were perfect for the script (or vice-versa).
Note from Scott: Exactly! I don't expect any of you to like her work. I don't like her work. I'm just saying most people have seen a painting of a weepy, big eyed waif.
She has a great story though. When her paintings first got famous they were released as being her husband's work. For years everyone thought he was the painter. Then they got divorced and she started painting in her own name, so of course he sued her to get her to stop. If I have the story straight, the judge had them both paint in court, and he was just terrible.
My mom found two matching Margaret Keane prints when I was a kid and hung them in my room. I hated those things!! She thought they were cute with their big eyes, but I hated their totally hopeless expressions. Of course, I didn't tell her I didn't like them for a couple years. She immediately took them down and put up something less memorable, and less creepy.
Glad to see you're doing so well and you've been busy, Scott. I hope you have a nice buffer of strips to give you more time and less stress. :)
Margaret Keane worked as an artist with her husband, Walter. There was a bragging rights dispute over who did the eyes, then a divorce. Apparently Margaret won custody of the eyes.
Perhaps Walter should have sent the Knifeketeer after her.
I am not, as a matter of fact, even faintly familiar with Margaret Keane's work; after having clicked that link I am rather convinced I don't want to be either.