Come In, Bald Eagle is a comic I drew back in 2008 for the third and final volume of the You Ain’t No Dancer anthology books that New Reliable Press published. That book is now out of print and New Reliable Press isn’t publishing anymore so I figured I might as well go ahead and stick this story up on the website.
Some notes about this story:
- The first draft that I thumb-nailed out was over twenty pages long. The version that I ended up drawing is only eight pages long.
- One of my friends used to work as an assistant to an eccentric old stamp dealer. Part of her job was scanning in extremely rare, valuable stamps so that they could be sold on the internet. She’d occasionally email me the scans of some of the more interesting stamps, one of them being a stamp that was in fact sent on an envelope from the Titanic. Mary’s code name, Penny Red, is also a reference to stamp collecting.
- The movie Charade was a major inspiration for this comic.
- One of my best friends has been listed in my phone under the code name Bald Eagle for as long as I’ve had a phone.
- The Living Sea is a real book by Jacques Cousteau. It’s great, you should read it.
- All of the buildings you see in this comic are based on real buildings on Marshall Street in Syracuse, NY. My old stomping grounds.
- I forgot to draw eyebrows on certain characters in at least two different panels. How embarrassing!
- I originally planned to draw more comics about Mary and Steven (or Penny Red and Bald Eagle). Maybe I still will!?
- The two main characters, Mary and Steven, are supposed to be in their mid-twenties, though they seem to be living in a perpetual childhood.
- I haven’t yet decided if I’ll include this in my book or not.