“Bad Joke Funnies”, then and now

I don’t often revisit or revise old work. Once it’s published, I’m generally able to let it go and move on to the next project. One exception has been my Smeary Soapbox Press-ents minicomic series, where I’ve been collecting all of my old 8-page minicomic material. Since I lettered even rougher when I started out than I do now, I thought I should at least make them easier to read! 

Earlier this month, I exhibited at the Memphis Zine Fest, and wanted to make some new minicomics for the event. I had been meaning to reprint my old Bad Joke Funnies minis anyway, so a zine festival made for the perfect opportunity!

As I looked at the artwork to those issues, I felt some of the pages could use a little more reworking than just tidying up the lettering, so the resulting three issues of Smeary Soapbox Press-ents featured a mix of old, reworked, and new “Bad Joke Funnies”! I tried to keep the tone of the original comics, and was pretty happy with the updates. I thought you might enjoy getting a little “before and after” glimpse at some of the reworked pages…


[January 2023 UPDATE: this post originally appeared on my now-closed Patreon page.]

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