John Barleycorn :
Written and drawn for a folk-song anthology... that morphed into a work-song anthology... that fell into a bottomless limbo, as these things too often do. I submitted it to a publication I've placed stuff before, but never heard back. Admittedly, this is an odd piece, so... it's little wonder it didn't fit in anywhere.
The stories, "Medusa" and "Floydd the Giant-Killer" were printed in Negative Burn, from Desperado. The printed versions are, unfortunately, in black & white, with only the cover in color, but I present the fully painted color version here on my website, below. It was originally intended for Heavy Metal, but sat in their inventory for so long, I thought they'd never use it. Negative Burn used my Medusa print as the cover image, which is fitting, since the story grew out of the print.
Floydd the Giant-Killer
Sort of an antidote, for my psyche more than that of potential readers, to the serious tone of Medusa. I just needed to create something I found humorous after all the despair and fatalism, so having a giant step on a guy was just the thing.
I've had three stories, published in Heavy Metal.
Eight pages full color . Click on the pages below to see larger versions.
This story was published in the Heavy Metal "Taboo Special" -- spring 2001.
This one saw print in the September 2002 issue of Heavy Metal.
The title refers to Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D' Arthur, The best know collection of Arthurian tales. Personally, I prefer earlier versions of the stories, but partially quoting Malory's title served this story's intention.
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