Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Rooster Pages 4

Almost there!

I have two more pages in the cock's crow sequence yet to post. Then, I'll have to shove the Rooster to the back of the drawing board and concentrate on some other projects. While I'm taking this brief pause in rooster-doodling, I'll be building up my chicken reference. This will include spending some time with actual poultry. But, if anyone can recommend a good book with pictures of the different breeds of chicken, I'd sure appreciate it.

What I'd really like to do , of course, is set up a coup in my backyard and keep chickens for at least the duration of this project. That's what we call "method-cartooning." Kinda like how, in order to get into Delaware Thistle's frame of mind, I painted myself green and walked around naked for most of 2001. All the cool cartoonists do it. Harvey Pekar was actually 24-year old Swedish ballerina before she got the plastic surgery necessary to truly "inhabit" the "Harvey" character. And her comics are the better for it, I think we can all agree.

But, would you believe there are city ordinances against me keeping chickens? In Memphis? I mean, Manhattan would make sense, but Memphis?!


Anonymous said...

Those are some great lookin' pages!

knock on wood said...

hey Joel,

Paige here! Two books highly recommended by myself on chicken imagery

The Fairest Fowl: Portraits of Championship Chickens by Tamara Staples
( I got this for my cousin who is obsessed with fowl and it's a GORGEOUS book)

Extraordinary Chickens by Stephen Green-Armytage
( I have a bunch of stationery from this book because it was on sale and made me happy)

hope it helps!

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Paige! Chicken reference always welcomed!

I just went over to Amazon and ordered Fairest Fowl and another book, titled, simply, The Chicken Book.