Porcupine Straws (Concept by Derek Dophied)
Perpetual Cycles (Painting of Lincoln courtesy of Google Image search. Artist unknown)
Parts 2 (My sequel to Richard's concept)
Parts (Guest Artist - Richard Duran. Richard also coined the word "Jelloween")
Pots and Pans
Pushed / Stretched
Proper Things To Do
Piping Hot Taste
Pro New Year Style
Jelloween began as a sarcastic joke between my friend Richard Duran and I. We were both in high school, around 2005 or 2006. Originally it was meant to be unfunny on purpose, as a commentary/mockery of some bad webcomics that we had seen. This was pretty arrogant, since neither of us had created anything at all, and the unfunny-on-purpose joke only really works if the creator can actually be funny.
What I have posted here is actually the third incarnation of Jelloween.
The first was a terrible, chaotic mess created with MS Paint using copy-pasted (probably copyrighted) images from random Google image searches, which featured Abraham Lincoln as a werewolf living with BB King.
The second was a photo of several piranha that we had given specific personality traits. The idea was that we would never change the photo (shamelessly stealing ideas from Dinosaur Comics) and create elaborate, dramatic plot lines for the fish, like a soap opera. Thankfully, this never actually came in to existence. All we ever did was create a detailed character trait list for the fish.
There is no evidence of either of the first two versions, as far as I know and I'm okay with that.
The version that has survived all these years kept a few aspects of the original idea. The character was originally intended to be Abraham Lincoln as a werewolf (I learned of another Wolf Lincoln somewhere on the internet and decided to scrap that idea. The character's name is now just Wolf), and the entire comic was created in MS Paint. It starts out intentionally bad, but eventually I started writing real jokes and fooling around with more complex ideas. The comic becomes less about the character and more about how he exists in the space inside the panels.
Jelloween is far from my best work, but it was a huge landmark for me as an artist. In retrospect, I realize Jelloween was my crash course in comic writing, distributing (Myspace blogs), receiving criticism, and character design. Creating this comic made me realize how much I enjoy creating sequential artwork in general, not just comics.
Oh and all of the titles start with the letter P and also include a T and an S. There is no significance to this, the first one was called pets and it just evolved from there.