Sunday, November 28, 2010
I use brush alotta times to 'Think
Out Loud' on paper, which allows
for certain concepts to evolve.
I had already decided prior to
these doodles that the Devil
would 1st approach Matt as
a big black Poodle, ala the
from Goethe's FAUST...
Saturday, November 27, 2010
tHE dEVIL can appear as a dog, a cat, a Girl in a Bikini,
your Mother, a bottle of booze, or various shape-shifty
creepazoids like the following mixed array...
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Gosh, I LOVE this concept ! The story
of Matt Crenshaw will forever hold a place
in my heart. I mean, who doesn't love a
good deal-with-the-devil story ? Below
are various sketches from the opening
sequence of my still incomplete version
of the ORIGIN of Matt Crenshaw. You
can see how I obsess, like a true
perfectionist, over getting
certain visuals JUST
right. I am no longer
that anal, but still
have an occasional
relapse into perfectionism.
If I had more talent, I wouldn't
have to re-do these things, but, the
sad truth is, only HARD WORK will
ever cut the mustard for me ! (what-
ever that means !!!)
NEWSPAPER CLIPPING to
be used as reference for the
scene when Matt recieves
HIS giant Lotto check !
just a series of layout sketches but now I
think with a little brushing up it might
work AS IS !
shallow grave he perpetually digs for
himself, forcing him to 'AWAKEN'
from his previous existence...
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Before the Gladstone/Russ Cochran
reprints of all the classic EC pre-code
horror stuff, there were very few
chances to catch a glimpse of
what that amazing era in
comic publication was
One source, was the annual
Overstreet Price Guide, which
featured great insightful articles
along with two thick full-color
cover-art sections. Well, this
was more than enough to
spark the imaginations of
a couple of devout comic-
book Geeks like Erik & I.
This was also around the same
time that Alan Moore was busy
resurrecting the Swamp Thing
Mythos~ and Horror comics
were a hot commodity again.
So, anyhow, I spent the night
over @ Erik's house one Friday
night and we did some low-brow
humor stuff with Aliens & cows,
and also, during Late-Nite with
David Letterman, busted out
the One-Page Pin-up of a
loser Gravedigger whom
Erik later named Matt
Crenshaw. The idea
was pretty simple:
Wouldn't it suck
to be doing your
job when all of
a sudden Zombies
rose from the Grave ?
Later, Erik seized the potential
of this tragic, down-on-his-luck figure
and just ran with it, creating another
'Deal-With-The-Devil' concept, with
the unique twist, however, that
Matt was NOT intelligent, and
would be 'reborn' a thousand
times to suffer new, excruciating
ways to die, all, for breaking his
end of the bargain he made with
Satan. If the Devil & Matt Crenshaw
were a comedy team, the Devil would
be the straight man who gets more
laughs than Matt, the buffoon...
Long after Erik & I went separate ways
in life, I decided that Matt Crenshaw
needed a new lease on life and began
new, more detailed origin story. I
hope to finish it and post it here !
Though, I do not know when that
will be :~(
Price Guide that inspired us:
ps: this concept pre-dated the
film Groundhog Day by nearly
a decade. The idea was never
really a new one anyway, just,
hadn't been done in comics.
Now, people would say, "Oh~
it's like a Horror version of
Groundhog Day !" But, now
you know the secret truth.
Monday, November 22, 2010
INFAMOUS STORIES~ 1986 COMIC BOOK COLLABORATION~ SPACE ! by JAMIE WILSON~ THE DEVIL & MATT CRENSHAW by ERIK HILTNER (VICTOR McCREA)~ COMPLETE~!
Two Young Punks busted this out
in their spare time (with help from
our moral support Editor Brian Wenny)
back in 1986. A full-length comic book !
This was right around the time that
Independent Publishers were making
some waves & Specialty Comic-Book
Shops were popping up all over...
Tomorrow, more of The Devil
& Matt Crenshaw (an origin) !
Of course, it wouldn't be complete
without a short Comedy back-up
story. Erik did page #1, I did page
#2. I would love to go back in time
and listen to our discussions over
the basic plot concept etc. !
And the back cover is a rejected
page one splash that I now prefer
over the one used. I think I changed
it to make it more 'Dynamic' ;~j