January 10th, 2017, 4:35 pm

Thanks for having a look at my webcomic (or WARNING! Long winded post ahead!)

So, here we are.

Just me and you guys.

Let me put on a little mood music *pushes play on Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man cd. Candle light flickers and reflects off your glass of wine*

Cosy, isn't it?

You see that cover image over there? http://gorillamydreams.smackjeeves.com/comics/2378770/gorilla-my-dreams-cover/ That's the protagonist of Gorilla my Dreams, Knockaround-Guy, or KG for short.

Ahmed Raafat is such an artistic legend, this is exactly what I pictured when I was writing the script.

And speaking of writing, I've had people ask me just where this whacky idea came from? And if you wanna stick around for a bit, I'll take you from go to whoa on this concept.

I've always loved mimes. A good mime can break my mind. And it was when I was thinking about more Cthulhu Williams stories (my other comic book, which you may or may not be aware of) I had this idea of him investigating a murder scene where a mime had died because he was really trapped inside an invisible box.

This little idea went onto a long list of ideas I have for potential future Cthulhu Williams stories, and kinda forgotten in the short term.

Actually, I should say that I have always love anthropomorphic characters. From the Ninja Turtles, to Rocket Raccoon, Usagi Yojimbo to our own Australian anti-hero Killeroo. So I've always wanted to invent an animal character. In High School I created a comic strip called The Karate Chimps (Who weren't Chimpanzees. They were spider-monkeys. And they didn't know karate. They were actually ninja). I'm also playing around with an idea to make a comic where Ganesha is the hero. Don't know if I'll ever break that one though.

Then, about a year ago I stumbled upon the Deer Editor comics by Ryan K. Lindsay, a local Canberra comic book writer who I want to be when I grow up.

Its a beautifully told noir tale and I won't spoil anything, but I was blown away by it. It is SO GOOD. Anyway, I put that aside as something I would never be able to do and went about my business.

Then, I took the kids to a movie marathon one weekend. We watched Kung Fu Panda 3, BvS, and Zootopia. Now, maybe its because I had such low expectations, but Zootopia blew my mind!

Zootopia is another beautifully told detective noir story told in this Disney cartoon world. If you haven't seen it, you really do need to hit up iTunes or even better, I recommend picking it up on DVD or BluRay. Its that good, you're gonna wanna own it.

So (don't worry, I'm still on track, it was just a long, long process to get to where we are), I'm also doing a couple film writing programs.

Now, in one of the film writing programs I was doing at the time, we had a brain storming session that went like this:

1. We had 60 seconds to write down 30 ideas. These were just phrases and words.

2. We had to take two or more of these ideas and smash them together into a new and unique idea.

3. Share your idea with the class.

My list was like if Stan Lee or Jack Kirby had drank the water in Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin; I had piranhas with robot legs, flying cats with their legs replaced by machine guns, the list was insane!

As I was going over my list, I noticed I had a few things I could work with: a mime that was really trapped in an invisible box, a gorilla superhero, and The Great Mime/Clown War.

So I mashed these three things together and came up with the story of a street gang war between the Street Mimes and the Killer Klowns, and that a gorilla superhero finds himself in the middle, battling both sides.

I thought it was funny and that it could one day be something.

In the other film writing program, we read a full feature film screenplay every five days and write a report on it (Yes, the course is as intense as it sounds and this is the reason I have little to no free time), and one script we had to read was Brick written by Rian Johnson. Again, another beautifully told detective noir story in an unusual setting; An American Suburban High School.

This is where the penny dropped. Johnson had written this Bogart style detective story and set it in a place you'd never expect to see it. It was Humphrey Bogart in High School.

That's when Zootopia and Deer Editor came rushing back to me.

Detective noir stories could be told in any setting. It doesn't have to be in the 1920's. They could be told in a world where everyone in the world are normal humans except a newspaper reporter who is a deer. They could be told in a world where there are no humans and everyone are animals. They could be told in a high school.

Why couldn't they be told in a world where mimes and clowns hate and regularly kill each other? Why couldn't they be told with an intelligent gorilla investigating a murder? Why couldn't they be told in a weird and crazy world where anything goes?

And that's when I started towards breaking the story. I had to research noir as a genre and learn the regular tropes and try to twist and bend them to fit into this strange world I was creating, but eventually, I feel like I got there.

I mean, if I didn't feel like that, you wouldn't be reading this.

So, I'm not going to give anything else away. I'm really looking forward to you seeing the story unravel in the coming months as I post pages of the story for you.

And here we are. How's your wine?

I am already thinking about the next story for Gorilla my Dreams, but a lot of work needs to be done before I can even talk about that.

So, thanks again for reading guys. I can't express just how much I appreciate it.

And listen, I've never done this before so I don't know if I'm being too long winded or if I should keep my stupid mouth shut. I dunno. You tell me what you're expecting. I look forward to hearing from you.

Well... that's it for me. I hope you like what you see so far and, please be good to each other.

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