Y’know, speaking of Wendy, have a look at a few design sketches I made for Coreyyy for the now-cancelled Wendy3000.
In the next chapter, the two gals above were to be introduced and the comic would be about four girls living together in a nice condo just like the original Wendy comic. But there wouldn’t be any wackiness… more of the down-to-earth, conversational stuff where the characters’ personalities play off each other… the sort of thing I began to appreciate doing in the final few chapters of Girly. And of course sexy situations would pop up liberally… And well, I’m doing pretty much that exact thing with You Suck now, so no point in going back to this.
It was fun, though. I really enjoyed working with Corey and it was a nice warmup for the work I’d eventually do with Severin and the others on Princess Panic. The comic itself was a pretty bad idea, though. I think what happened was there was all this sequel/reboot/revamp fever going on, particularly continuations to really old stuff like Bill & Ted, Ghostbusters, and whatnot and I guess I got caught up and thought “HEY, I COULD BRING WENDY BACK. LET’S JUST IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE COMIC WAS OBJECTIVELY AWFUL AND MAYBE 500 PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET STILL KNOW ABOUT IT AND DO THIS THING” so that’s what I did.
The thing was, I wanted the comic to make allusions both the original Wendy comic and the Wendy/Skippy short stories on Slipshine AND ALSO stand well on its own so people could just jump into it. So I started the comic with a flashback composed of a small rewrite of an earlier Slipshine comic of mine where Wendy and Skippy met for the first time. Then, in order to prevent people from having to subject themselves to the old Wendy comics to know what’s going on, I started writing more and more flashbacks about how Wendy met Yumi and Lucy and Miki and the various shenanigans they went into, and it was just backstory and more backstory and it seemed like the actual comic about 4 girls living together would never get started.
Aaaaand it didn’t. It turned out that Corey got way to busy with Sharknife 2 at around the same time I began to realize I should have left this idea on the table… so at least the timing there worked out okay. I did think about getting it going again with another artist a few times, but came to my senses.
Nowadays Wendy and Skippy work better as pinup/sketch girls anyway, with the occasional short comic and vignette. You Suck and Princess Panic are enough for my attention span as it is. Corey is doing his own hilarious pornos on Slipshine now. All is good!
P.S. Yeah, one of the new roommates was going to be Miki, the same one from the original comic. Her being one of the roommate applicants was going to be an hilarious twist. Had the comic gone on, she probably would have ended up being the best part of the comic, just like she was before. Oh well!
P.P.S. The other girl Renee won’t be used for anything. I was never really satisfied with any of the designs I made for her.