With so much drama in the world today -- the presidential primaries, a frigid winter in China, Britney Spears being hospitalized -- I'm sure tons of you are wondering, "What's Dave Crosland up to right now?" Luckily, you restless hordes can ease your curious nerves with this little show and tell.
For the past month, I've been getting ready to work on a new minicomic called "Soft Coeur." The short story in this book follows the trials and tribulations of a young, female doughboy trying to rescue the soul of a little drowned girl from the perils of the afterlife. The story is aptly titled "Doughboy," and features odd creatures, hidden dangers, mystical power-ups, and lots and lots of candles. I actually got the spark for this short after seeing a sidewalk memorial to two folks who were killed in a pretty awful car wreck up the street from The Bunker. Chilling stuff....
As you can see in the sketches above, my doughboy is a young, black girl with her standard issue doughboy helmet (circa World War I, yo). She'll also have a satchel loaded with tools and potions that help her do her job. And I dunno who that weird, fish-fin-headed dude is behind her on the right. I think it might be Abe Sapien from the Hellboy books. Who knows... I was drinking a lot of coffee, that night. Oh, and on the right is the drowned girl. She's the centerpiece of the tale, which is funny, because she basically "sleeps" through the entire thing.
Soft Coeur is gonna be self-published and ready just in time for WonderCon, in San Francisco, February 22nd through the 24th. I'll be posting with more info on that convention in the next week, so stay tuned.
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