Among the first spec pieces I wrote after college in an attempt to broaden my fledgling freelance career beyond the comics industry was an article that revolved around what we now call mashups.
It's one of the many things I look forward to finding in my files one day, not least because I can't remember all of the titles it contained. Tarzan of the Planet of the Apes was not one of them, I don't think, even though it fit the premise of merging titles without adding anything new — and even though Tarzan of the Apes + Planet
of the Apes is (at the risk of spraining my arm patting myself on the back) gorgeous
in both its simplicity and its potential. Captain America and the Maltese Falcon wasn't one of them either. The Cat in the Hat on a Hot Tin Roof was, albeit not one that moves me to put together a poster.
A fellow on a comics-oriented chat list to which I belong asked if I took requests, suggesting Terry and the Pirates of Penzance and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doctor Doom. They're both good enough for me to want to do, although that would happen a lot faster if there was money involved. Next year I hope to start casting a wider net for commissions in graphics work, for which these gags make decent calling cards if nothing else.
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