Some of my favorite parts from the new edition of OINK are the NEW story sequences I added. There were some parts of the story that had always felt rushed to me, so going back and doing it again gave me the opportunity to expand on those. I had always wanted to have more detail about the relationship between OINK and the character Spigot who was a mentor to him. The events that happen with Spigot are the spark that sets OINK on his journey. I wanted to show why that was important and so I added a sequence of pages that goes back to when OINK was just a boy.
The initial idea was not about OINK, it was about a little boy-pig that works for a butcher drawn in the style of an old story book. There was a little girl he was friends with, he was sort of the town-curiosity, he eventually runs away and discovers an endless factory that exists outside the little town. It was sort of Alice in Wonderland with a little pig-boy. I had been thinking about doing it in a fairy tale type book, The drawing below is the piece of art I created bleary eyed at 4am trying to capture the feeling and tone that made the dream so sad. When I read that little blurb it still gets me a bit, during the process he sort of became mini-Oink..I'm happy I did that. I love this little guy. If I were to make a game from OINK I think the entire thing would be done in this style and tone...I still might do the story book too!
I really liked this idea and so I brought the character into the new book as a young OINK, Here he is with Spigot.
For folks in the ATX area I'm going to be signing at Dragon's Lair here in Austin on the 25th of February celebrating the launch of the new book. I'll be sketching and signing new copies of the book, come hang out!