The purple-ish looking bat hanging upside down is Dingbat. He’s actually one of my oldest characters, I think I may have started drawing him even before Ribcage. The name isn’t very original, but it describes his personality perfectly. I’m sure I took the name from somewhere else when I was a kid, the question is did I get it from:
A) All in the Family
B) The vampire dog Dingbat from the old Plastic Man cartoon
C) the little bat that Curly Joe had as a pet on an episode of the New Scooby-Doo Movies.
It could have been all three, but my money is on Curly Joe.
Anyway, Dingbat has been waiting very patiently for me to get around to using him and here he is, in a brief cameo. We’ll see more of him later. He doesn’t really say much anyway, not anything that most people can understand. Furface understands him perfectly. Cyanide thinks he does, but his bat is a little rusty. Ribcage is still learning.
Interesting enough, the stuff in this comic that I would usually just draw in Illustrator (the Occult shoppe, the overhead shot of the town square) I drew by hand. I don’t know that I prefer this, as the lines are never as straight as they would be if I drew it in the computer. The strip always has been, and will continue to be, a mixture of elements. Mostly hand drawn stuff, some computer created vector drawings, and a little CGI. I had thought about doing the Occult Treasures in Maya, like I did the Manor, but I just don’t have enough time right now. Maybe later on down the road I will if I find I am using it alot.