I’d say that it was fairly inevitable that we would come to this point. With my stubborn insistence that I keep trying to work in the comics field (dear comics: notice me, dammit!), the limitations of a single camera, no-budget production and a desire to promote ourselves a little bit more, thus is born Franks and Beans: the comic.
Putting a comic together is similar to filming, in that it usually takes more than one person to put together a complete product. This short, two page story took efforts from a few folks new to the Franks and Beans world but not to that of some comics that I’ve worked on before. Pencils and inks on this story are by Alan Gallo and colors are by Michael Wiggam, both of whom I’ve worked with on Teddy and the Yeti and a couple other projects.
Alan took on the difficult task of drawing likenesses, which is a challenge not many are up to. Add to the fact that Alan had to draw four distinct individuals and I think it’s easy to see what a task he had before him. Given all of this, I’d say that he did just a great job. On an unrelated note, here’s a little known Franks and Beans fact for you – Larry when on a diet after this comic first showed up and he lost like 20 pounds. I don’t know why I mention this here, but it was something that just stuck in my head for some reason. I did not start working out, if anyone is curious.
As with any neurotic comic book fan, you might find yourself thinking, “where does this story fit into Franks and Beans continuity? Does it fit into the established storyline?” The answer, of course, is yes, valued viewer/reader. Everything that happens in anything Franks and Beans related goes into the F&B universe as cold, hard fact. This, of course, changes the whole tone of Franks and Beans, as it now becomes a show about a man who dies over and over again, only to find new life and new, strikingly similar situations. Or perhaps it’s an alternate universe Jeff, I don’t know.
This comic, which, if it had a title would be called “Artistic License”, features several references to previous Franks and Beans episodes, including “Sandwich”, “Tree Hugger” and “Milkshake”, as well as showing off in no subtle manner nods to other F&B staples like the Dukes of Hazzard, Thundercats and He-Man. How do we work in so many nods to previous episodes and themes? One can only wonder.
This comic will live, perhaps forever, long after Larry and I are dead and our bones decaying under the soft earth (or maybe I’ll just get cremated, who can say), in its own tab at the top of this page and on the Internet, leaving people to ponder deep questions like “what the hell is Franks and Beans?” The question, then, becomes if we will ever have another Franks and Beans comic to marvel at. The answer is not clear, but let’s say that I have no immediate plans for one, though I do sometimes get anxious and have a desire to spend my money on comics that will never see the light of day other than on my own websites. So you never know!!
This posting marks a milestone in this website’s history – it’s our 100th post to the site! Let’s take a look at our running tally of blog posts to date:
So it’s still neck-and-neck and anyone’s game at this point, which I guess is obvious. Be sure to check back later for more of this exciting competition!