One of the things I’ve been working on is the return of Lizards. Lizards was a series that was first published in CRITTERS published by Fantagraphics a long time ago. They were short stories drawn in black and white about families. These families though just happened to be talking lizards and other animals as well as a few humans here and there. They were some of my favorite writing. The stories were quiet and slow, dealing with fathers dealing with sons, daughters dealing with their siblings, things like that. The art was done mostly by Ron Wilber, but later by a bunch of different artists.
I’ve republished a lot of my older work in new versions of comics the last year or two. I haven’t touched Lizards. I was thinking of doing a trade paperback of all the stories. I have over sixty pages of work to republish. I wanted a trade on my tale to sell at cons. But I just didn’t feel right about it. Everytime I started to think about doing this I would put it off.
Finally I decided what I wanted to do was continue the series. Write new stories. First though I was going to print the old stuff, in new comics, starring the characters. Caliber had done a one shot issue LIZARDS SUMMER FUN SPECIAL but otherwise the characters never appeared in a comic with their name on it. So I decided to change that.
I have enough material to pretty much put out five comics, with a little new material in the last two issued. And then the plan is to continue the comic with all new stories.
I’ve published the first two issue, the third is about to go the printer. The first issue cover is a reworking of the special from Caliber with art by Terry Pavlet. He did the cover to the special and now for the first issue. The second issue cover is by Larry Guidry. I also decided to do this comic in black and white. I know nowdays black and white is just short of the kiss of death as far as comics go, but I like black and white. This series was first published in black and white and I gave serious though about re coloring it, but I think it works best in black and white.
I love this series.
I hope you check it out.