We hope you enjoy the first 11 pages of the four part series BiGS. You can buy hard copies or download the complete story here:
Environmental pressures caused by climate change results in the the next phase of human evolution. Viewed in the microcosm of the present, the gradual and complex genetic changes are diagnosed and treated as a genetic flaw called BGS.
Two generations after the first people with BGS were born, their race is heavily medicated and plagued by poor health. Due to high cost of treating BGS, BiGS are forced into work programs to subsidize their government funded healthcare. Nate Belcher is a typical BiG working in anonymity until a social media site Linking every video camera thrust him into the spotlight. Now this suddenly extraordinary man may be the key to saving his race and possibly the world.
While my good friend Chris Devero was going through treatment for brain cancer he was running ironmans and marathons to raise money for Kids Shouldn't Have Cancer, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the inequity in pediatric cancer funding and research. Chris met the organization's founders through their son Johnny who was also battling brain cancer and had told his parents "kids shouldn't have cancer." At one of the fundraiser Chris asked me to help him create a comic book where heroes of the story were kids fighting cancer. Solving Cancer follows Johnny, Chris, Lily and Katy and their friends who are battling cancer as they travel through time solving history’s mysteries using their wits and their friendship. Like their real life counterparts these kids brave, strong and a hero in every sense of the word. It is dedicated to the memory of Johnny and Chris.
Goodfellows is parody of the “I’m Funny How?” scene from Goodfellas written by Erik Schuessler and Bronte Erwin with art by Emily Zelasko and lettered by Chris Johnson.
My friend Erik Schuessler was incredible at making his own art, and inspiring others to create. Sadly, Erik passed away in 2018 from Ewing Sarcoma.
Erik and I used to make each other laugh, talking in an old-timey English accent. He especially delighted in using period phrases that are now lost.
Erik came up with the idea of doing a parody of the “I’m Funny How” scene from the movie Goodfellas, where instead of 1960s gangsters from New York, the characters were English gents from 1860s London. This was the start of what became the script we collaborated on called Goodfellows.
Cancer derailed Erik’s plan to produce the script as a short film. Erik had a lot to do with me becoming a comic book creator, so I decided to complete our work the best way I knew how.
Goodfellows is presented below for free. Donations are being accepted in Erik’s name to the Creative Art Center of Dallas, a place Erik worked with in to allow people to “get out and create.” Donations over $20 will receive a printed copy of the comic.
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