After working on and off for a number of years constructing the eleven stories that make up the "Warlock Hotel," I knew that next I wanted to do something totally different and decidedly more down to earth. I was inspired by the great southwestern desert, the music of Gram Parsons, the film "Jackie Brown," and oddly enough, Milt Caniff's "Steve Canyon" to create a new character that I would later christen, "Jake Wilde." Originally, "Jake" was strangely similar to "Bad Blake" or so I imagine as I've yet to see "Crazy Heart" but it seems as though my original "Jake Wilde" idea was a lot like what I've heard about that movie. However, I had already decided to ignore the down on his luck country singer aspect of my original storyline before I knew anything about the role that finally earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar.
I also imagined "Jake Wilde" as a photorealistic adventure strip but I couldn't imagine drawing anything that small let alone the story I had in mind. So, I began to dream of it as a full fledged honest to goodness 24 page comic book instead. But I soon realized it would be best for me and my bank account to just go ahead and publish the story as yet another in my series of digest sized mini comics. So, I split the storyline into two parts and got busy drawing. I finally finished last month and posted the last page both here and on webcomicsnation two weeks ago today. Yet, the conclusion of "Jake Wilde" was met by the sound of one hand clapping. This has only reinforced my belief that any comic story that advances at the rate of one page per week is hard enough to follow online let alone to actually care about and I am currently reevaluating how best to proceed with my web comics. I won't be posting any new art for awhile until I make a few important decisions and possibly yet another move as well. But I will be back so please stay tuned.
In the meantime, the two "Jake Wilde" mini comics I published were greeted with a little more interest and a more positive reaction. In fact, SPIT AND A HALF, a mail order distribution company for hard to find comics and zines, run by John Porcellino (the creater of King- Cat Comics) currently has my two "Jake Wilde" minis for sale along with many other fine periodicals and publications. Check out the following link and order something. Be sure to tell John that Brian sent you.