When I started this project I originally called it 'The Digitally Remastered' edition, but after 5 years and repainting the entire book I now just think of this as what I actually intended to make if I could have 20 years ago. I started working professionally at 21 and this was a college project that lead to an actual publishing deal with Kitchen Sink Press. It was a great run, but sadly KSP ran out of gas in 1998. When your publisher goes out of business and your book goes out of print, it’s a bad feeling. I think at 28 I felt defeated, It was a tough time in comics in 1998 and a lot of creators like me were just squeezed out financially. I didn't really have a dance partner after KSP so I left the comics industry, but I think I knew someday I would be back. That was 17 years ago...which reminds of the saying 'Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.'
I think it was around 2008 I wanted to get OINK back into print, but I couldn't get interest in just a ‘reprint’ because OINK, while successful was not a huge hit. It was just some relic from the past with a new cover, which I understood from a business perspective, that’s when I came up with the idea that I could ‘update’ it. The image below was the very first page I did…I liked the experience. It was exciting taking my old work and redoing it with 20 years of experience making images. I was very meticulous about retaining as much of the original as I could. Working digitally was an obvious choice for me because I had spent so many years painting digitally. What started as an 'update' turned into a five year project and me completely remaking every page. It's been a ride I hope you enjoy it!
If you are new to OINK he’s been on a 20 year journey to your doorstep. Thank you for supporting creator-owned comics, it's an endangered medium please help keep it alive. There are many projects like OINK that will never happen without your support, seek them out and you will not be disappointed. You will not just be a consumer you will be a patron of the arts. I am so thankful to the people who gave me those words of encouragement and kept me going when I was lost in the dark, thank you for the spark that started this fire.
Below are some of my before and afters from OINK. It is also worth mentioning I've added about a dozen or so new story pages, like when OINK was a piglet. I think they give the story new life and depth.
I wanted this to feel like a European painting depicting a religious moment of sacrifice.
Every page in the book has been completely re-made. The panel layouts and flow are completely different thanks to my curled and well worn copy of Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. I learned so much during this project and I can't wait to apply that to future projects.
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