Life Imitates Art

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

I hope no one is too offended by that horrible depiction of graphic violence in panel three. I suppose I should put up a warning label or something.

About six months back, my son finally graduated from sleeping in a crib to sleeping in a big boy bed. For some reason, he never figured out how to climb out of his crib so we were in no hurry whatsoever to get him sleeping in a bed. The problem with the bed is that he can climb out and walk around the house whenever he wants, and sadly, I’m about as effective as Willoughby when it comes to getting him to lay down and go to sleep.

Speaking of Willoughby, he was a very tough character for me to write. When I first envisioned him, it was as someone who was completely ineffective who masks that by trying to tell everyone what to do. He was really nothing more than a bossy jerk. That fit well for his role in this story, but as I started drawing sketches of him, I found that I actually liked him and wanted him to be something more than just a pain in the rear for Zip and Li’l Bit, so I kept trying to come up with ideas that would make him more sympathetic. This page was an important one for me because even though it’s completely silly, it shows things from Willoughby’s perspective and shows how he views himself as kind of a tough guy. He is a lion after all.