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            The above illustration was drawn for a website called Guttersnipe. The coquettish girl casually nudging Van Gogh off balance was based on an obscure character called "the Cat Girl" who appeared in the Archie Adventure Series "BATS" #2, 1962. I drew another version of the character in my sketchbook.


           Sometimes the only way to articulate what you want to say is by quoting other sources. It's an old habit.

           Last summer my comic Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt appeared in MOME #19 from Fantagraphics Books. My friend Dustin Weaver was kind enough to plug the story on his live journal. It was based on an old Steve Ditko comic called Driven to Destruction. It's a pretty obscure story so I thought I'd show it in it's entirety here.





         ED-H more or less follows the same structure as Ditko's story and there are several direct quotes throughout. Page 16 of ED-H corresponds pretty closely to page 5 of Driven to Destruction. It's the only instance where I consciously tried to emulate Ditko's style. I figured if I was going to do Ditko I'd push it as far as I could. 
 

 
           There are a number of Ditko oddities in Driven to Destruction. For example, Evelyn apparently has super-human strength.

 
    
     
           There's all kinds tell tale signs of Ditko's age when he drew this. Even though Henry seems to be in his thirties he comes across like an old man- he plays golf and smokes a pipe. The story was drawn in the 70's but it seems like something from a couple decades prior. It's obviously something he dashed off and quickly forgot about. It has that strange quality that all his work has- like there's something extra lurking beneath the surface. That's part of what inspired me to do this story. 

        There are numerous other references in Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt, some of them from film. The panel with Henry and Evelyn driving home from the Oregon coast was based an a film still from In A Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart. I've been enamored with this still for many years and finally saw the movie four or five years ago. It was good, of course, but all I can remember is this image.





And the last panel in the sequence where Evelyn is kicking Henry is meant to evoke Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! 


 
    
          And I should probably mention that all the cars in Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt are Transformers...
 
Autobot roll call: Cliffjumper! Bumblebee! Trailbreaker! Prowl! Tracks! Transform and roll out!!



 

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From:seanvdm
Date:January 18th, 2011 11:34 am (UTC)
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man, that first image is so gorgeous! what kind of pen do you use, btw? your linework is incredibly tight.
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From:djbcartoon
Date:January 19th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
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I use rapidiographs and a brush. Real cartoonists are supposed to use a #1 or a #2 size brush, but I use a zero with about two or three hairs left on it. We're old pals and I'm afraid to move on. I use the brush for soft organic things- like women- and for clothing and hair. For the rapidiographs a stick mostly with the beige and the gray and sometimes the red.
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From:mr_sadhead
Date:January 18th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Yay Deej! Too rare to hear from you.
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From:zack_empire
Date:January 18th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
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glad to see your not dead.
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From:djbcartoon
Date:January 19th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
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I am now among the undead.
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From:bougieman
Date:January 18th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
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All right! New LJ! Hope you post lots.

Neat to get the behind-the-scenes story on the Evelyn Dalton-Holt comic! Your influences are expansive!

I wish I could see the first image better, because it appears to be gorgeous. The scan is all blurry.

PS: Anytime you're feeling like you might want to contribute to Cinema Sewer again, please feel free to offer up any ideas you might have for illustrations or comics! You're always welcome.
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From:djbcartoon
Date:January 19th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
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Sorry about the blurriness. I haven't used a computer for over two years and still need to get the knack for formatting stuff for the web. The original isn't too big- 8 1/2 x 11- so a lot of the details are already super small. I'll send you a more legible copy.

I missed seeing your posts! For a long while I was only using the computer at work - where it's unsafe to see the things you're showing.

The next time I have to put some raunchy stuff on paper I'll send it your way.
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From:johnnythunderz
Date:January 18th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
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the first image just blew me away. its really sad that the scan is so blurry.
great to see new art from you and whats behind ist. for me the A+ goes to FasterPussycatKillKill and the Autobots!
i often use a small windup robot from TOMY in my pages.
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From:djbcartoon
Date:January 19th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
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Ditto my reply above on the blurriness.

Toys are a great source of inspiration. Hurray for toys!
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From:dlasky
Date:January 21st, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)

lovely drawing

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DJ -- I loved your MOME story, but I love it even more now that I know it was a Ditko tribute. Super cool!

I really really love the drawing of the woman nudging the vanGogh! Wow.

So glad you've reappeared on the scene! Keep up the good work.
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From:djbcartoon
Date:January 23rd, 2011 05:08 am (UTC)

Re: lovely drawing

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Thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. I like hearing from my fellow Seattleite cartoonists.
From:vollsticks
Date:January 22nd, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to repeat Mr. Lasky's comment but I, too, loved your Mome story (in fact I reckon it was the best issue so far, the way they had yours and Tim Lane's story together really complimented each one stylistically) and so I was curious to read "Driven To Destruction". So thanks for posting it here--it really does keep ratcheting up the level of insanity, doesn't it?!? Pretty fucking cool (and I've never particularly liked Ditko's stuff, to be honest (sharp intake of breath by all posters accompanied by cries of: "HERESY!!!", what can I say, I was a DC kid!)). Oh and I was also wondering about what you ink with so thanks for sharing that with us...I thought mebbe a crow-quill when I first saw your stuff, I'm even more impressed knowing that you use a brush! Really looking forward to some new comics from you Mr. Bryant. Oh and "your" Evelyn is WWAAAAAYYYY sexier-looking than Ditko's!
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From:djbcartoon
Date:January 23rd, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
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To be perfectly honest (and I know this will also disappoint some of the Ditko fans out there)- I'm not super well-versed in Ditko the way I am someone like Kirby- where I've gone out of my way to get as much of his work as possible and really studied it. It's taken me a while to warm to Ditko. I've only read the odd thing here and there. But his work is really, really interesting. It's so...weird!

It kind of worked to my benefit that I didn't know Ditko's work as well, because if I'd been adapting, say Kirby, I'd have been too consciously trying to ape his style. That freed me up to do my own thing with the material.

I don't think Ditko was necessarily trying to make Evelyn sexy- but he did put a little leg in there, which I thought was interesting. With this kind of story artists would always make the nagging wife look kind of washed up. I didn't want to do that with Evelyn- it was important to me that she was beautiful, not just because it's more fun to draw, but also because I think it works better for the story. If she were unattractive it'd be simple- "dump the bitch!" -but it's not that simple.

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From:tormentedartist
Date:January 23rd, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
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Your boy Dustin Weaver sent me here. I'm surprised that you drew the story at such a small size. I tend to freeze up when drawing things that small. I love your drawing skills btw and look forward towards seeing more of your art.
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From:djbcartoon
Date:January 23rd, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
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If you're referring to the comment above- I only drew the Cat Girl at 81/2 x 11. I drew Evelyn at roughly 9 x 14. I used to draw my originals larger, but I'm really, really, really slow so I've been reducing my original size to speed up. Right now I'm trying manga sized board. Sometimes going too small can be more of a pain then it's worth. It's more about drawing at a comfortable size. One thing I've find is that a page or a panel always seems really small until you start filling it with artwork.
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From:tormentedartist
Date:January 23rd, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
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I too am really slow, but I have a mental block when drawing really slow: ( The thing about the small panel sizes that bothers me is when I draw people. I find it hard to move my arms much, which makes my figures look stiffer than they might if I drew them at a larger size.

You should post an entry with a guide to finding your work.
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From:seanvdm
Date:January 31st, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
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I tend to draw really small, I know how it feels.. I just love using my pen nibs to draw things on a tiny surface. I've been trying to get back onto a normal size page, but I find it very difficult indeed.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:January 24th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
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Love the Cat Girl, she was clearly decades ahead of her time, THAT HAIRCUT, is something fabulous.

Also, love the origins, so many, so specific.
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From:djbcartoon
Date:January 24th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
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I remember seeing the Cat Girl in that comic and being like- I HAVE to draw her!

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