Faraway Looks (Fall Preview Edition)
As with all my “production notes,” consider a “Spoiler Warning” attached. Please read the books first.
lifetime ago, Faraway
began as a humor comic strip I did back in my minicomics days. The
characters went through several incarnations as my style changed — they
actually started as funny animals — but their personalities stayed
The current incarnation, which bears resemblance to what began, is a college humor strip featuring three losers who never leave the front of their dorm room TV set — from whence comes a mass of snide observations about life, popular culture, academia, etc.
To some degree, it's my love for trivia run completely wild (which for those who know me well should be warning enough)! In 2000, taking a cue from the ultra-minimalist (and wonderful) Knights of the Dinner Table, I put some of my scripts to paper using computer "cels" for the characters — allowing me to basically "draw" as fast as I could write. This resulted in an self-published sample press run of an 84-page collected edition in 2002: the "Fall Preview Edition."
When Crimson Dynamo
came about, I put the project aside, but it may resurface as a
collaboration with an established humor artist, putting (much better!)
pictures to my words.
- Well, Faraway Looks is all trivia. I hardly know
where to begin ... oh, OK. The cover test pattern is a salute to
"Indian Chief," the most famous of all test patterns. It began
appearing around 1949, most likely the creation of RCA. Gone long
before sensitivities might have taken it off the air, it stands as a
pure electronic artifact in an age in which television stations rarely
bother to turn off their transmitters. Salute, Chief!