Ryan Lee Blu-Ray Commentary

This one is just me paying homage to those old Hostess ads I loved so much as a kid.  If you’re a bronze age kid like me, these were an integral part of your childhood.  I’ll never forget the one where Hulk gets his ass whupped by Abomination and the Wendigo, then a couple of kids show up with fruit pies.  The Hulk eats all of their Hostess pies, then uses his sugar rush to beat the crap out of an innocent tree for no reason.  These were the life lessons that bolstered a generation.

We should probably just re-name the strip “Ryan Lee’s Fantastic Journey of Self Indulgence”. It’s too long, though.  Totally accurate, but too long.  If you don’t know about Hostess Pie ads, shame on you, and I’m sorry.  There’s no bit if you don’t remember them.

Monster Mike Blu-Ray Commentary

This strip was supposed to introduce Kestrel. It was supposed to but I ruined his introduction by insisting on doing the J-Momo homage in February. The February 24th strip, to be precise.

As soon as I read Ryan’s intention of introducing a Falcon analogue to be a chum for Colonel USA, I loved it. The design came easy. I picture him looking like a young Phil Morris (right around the Jackie Chiles era) under that mask and goggles.

The hardest part of creating the design for these characters is the colour scheme. I think I have it all planned out by the time I settle on a look, but when I start dropping that colour in, it always takes a few passes before I get something that I like. For Kestrel, I actually looked up a picture of a kestrel. He had orange and dark blue. So there it is.

I’m quite happy with the way this one turned out.