About

The Lives of X!Gloop is the oldest of my comics that I'm allowing to see the light of day. I've made other comics prior to Rogues of Clwyd-Rhan, but when I moved house a few years ago, I made sure that they got lost in the move. It's not so much that the dog ate them, it's that I tore them into small bits, drenched them in gravy and fed them to the dog. It's what you gotta do if you don't want that stuff to be discovered and laughed at after you die.

But I'm still very fond of The Lives of X!Gloop. I started it in mid-September of 1989, just a day or two shy of my 18th birthday, and drew it on and off, always improvising until very late in the series, until 1992. There's a half-finished story in my files which I may one day complete, but if I do, it will be nothing like the script I originally had in mind. X!Gloop was intended to be experimental (in relation to my own skill level and the comic storytelling I was familiar with at the time), anarchic, easy to make and always fun. There were no preconceived rules and common sense notions of storytelling were not in effect. If I wanted the page to guide the eye off a cliff, I did. If I wanted a wall of text, I wrote a wall of text. If I wanted the story to take a left turn based on a bad pun or because I wanted to draw something that otherwise wouldn't be in the story, the story took a left turn.

It wasn't completely without influences or examples, of course. I'd got into Moebius's work in a big way, especially his Major Grubert stories and Shore-Leave on Pharagonescia, which had a similar level of freedom. I had also had my first brush with basic literary theory, and was determined to subvert it as much as I could. If TVTropes had existed then, I'd have made it my mission to subvert every entry, at least once.

The subversive, experimental aspects of the story aren't that clear now, to be honest. I simply knew too little to do it well. But I had fun trying, and learned a few things in the process. In a few pages, I got help from my friend Emiel Hoving, who was very much on the same wavelength at the time. And in 2005, I dug it up to post on a Movable Type-based subsite of ROCR.net. Then a few years later, I posted it on Drunk Duck. I don't think a lot of people saw it there, so now people get another opportunity to read it, here on ComicFury, as my third ComicFury comic. Enjoy. That's an order, which you are free to ignore.