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  • Writer's pictureGrant Stoye

Stop Me If You've Heard This Before

This comic means a lot to me for a variety of reasons.

First off, this is the first creative endeavor I've done that earned a reward since I was in high school, which was a longer time ago than I care to admit.

Secondly, the sheer amount of help I got with his was VERY humbling. Mike Morrocco, a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, not only did the amazing finishes on this, but he also took the time to help teach me a few things about how to improve the look of each panel, which I did the pencils for. It was nuts, like a crash course in the correct way to get each panel to do its job and more.

THEN, I approached Fellhound to see if she wouldn't mind adding a few color highlights to the comic, like a few splashes of green to break up the black and white. Instead, she colored the whole damn thing -- beautifully I might add -- just because.

If that wasn't enough, on short notice I asked Toben Racicot if he had enough time to letter it. Of course, he went above and beyond and found a way to fit all my dumb words unobtrusively into the panels, and designed that baller credit box.

And lastly, I'm just damn proud of it.

I'd asked a few folks if they had time to do a two-page comic a few weeks before the deadline. Admittedly, it's a terrible turnaround and they were rightfully too busy for the speed I needed, so I decided to draw a comic for the first time since college.

I also wrote the thing a few weeks before the contest started. I thought it'd be funny to combine one of my favorite jokes with a horror setting, and the Venn Diagram of horror and humor saw this comic nestled in the overlap.

It didn't win a top prize or anything, and with how short it is (2 pages) compared to the big winners (7-12 pages!) I wasn't surprised. I just didn't expect any sort of recognition. When I started to try my hand at comics full-time a year and a half ago, I didn't think I could succeed at contests or crowdfunding, so small things like this mean the world to me. It makes me feel energized, joyful. I feel like an enthusiastic person.

I feel like a fun guy.

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