Friday, April 9, 2010

From The Vault - OilCan Drive Christmas 2002

Because Manu requested it, here is a piece from the vault that actually has Mr. Mucho (or Moocho) on it.

Before Mucho was the star of every holiday card I would send out he was still getting stuck in supporting roles here and there. This one, featuring the OilCan Drive band receiving Christmas gifts, shows Mr. Mucho as a gift for Henry. Not a big role but, hey, we all have to start somewhere.

I came up with Mr. Mucho years ago while doing my first self published comic book, EXIT 6. I needed a girl in the opening shot to be holding a little rag doll. Without much thought I sketched this little guy flopping around in her hands. Since then, Mr. Mucho has shown up somewhere in almost every comic book venture I've worked on.

Even in the new OilCan Drive book. When I finished I realized I had forgotten to put Mucho anywhere in the story pages. So, for a two page interview with the band I conveniently snuck him into the panel borders. It may not be as subtle as past appearances but I wanted him in there somewhere.

Mr. Mucho will be appearing this year in the December holiday card and, if I can find the time to work on it (since I'm not done with the first one yet), he'll make an appearance in the next OilCan Drive story.

It goes to show you never know where a good character might come from. Even if he did start as a simple rag doll held in a little girl's hand.


Manu Mane said...

Very nice a story, the one of Mr Mucho ! :) )

I like him a lot, it's nice to see him with the band, and I'm sure he'll have his own paper life one day ! :) )

Manu Mane said...

Thank you for your attention :)

Sean Tiffany said...

My pleasure, Manu. Glad you like the little guy. I'll have to do some new art adventures of him soon!

Manu Mane said...

Cool ! I'm eager to see him again ! :)