This is a page from a comic strip that was created in the early 1900’s, like around 1901 or 1902. So for anyone that has seen me at a convention over the last year or two has seen prints of a character called Billy Bounce that looks a lot like this one. Billy is in the public domain and when I was searching for an idea for a new character I was looking through a list of public domain characters and for some reason this one called out to me. He has one of the dumbest powers ever, much like Bouncing Boy from the old Legion, but there was something that started my mind whirling.
I’ve updated him and with artist Larry Guidry we started working on a new, modern retelling of Billy Bounce.
We don’t have a new comic yet, but I’m thinking of reprinting a bunch of old Billy Bounce strips that are on the internet and add in what we’ve done so far, some scripts, some pages, plot ideas, etc and putting it all out in its very own comic book.
Not really sure there’s much of a market for these old strips, it wasn’t the best comic in the world by far and only lasted for a few years. Its main claim to fame was the it was created by the artist that later gained fame illustrating Oz books. And we don’t have enough new stuff that would really call out this as something new. I just kind of like the idea of combining the two together and putting it out there.
More to come as it develops….