RAWRtacular Collaboration

I'm Famous in Japan! cover
I’m Famous in Japan! cover

Check out this awesome cover for our new one-off, I’m Famous in Japan! I love it! It was inspired by several Godzilla posters, especially these two.

Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla Raids Again

Why Godzilla? Because I love out-of-date pop culture references! In truth I’m a lifelong Godzilla fan, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t get some kind of tribute/parody in a Famous Japan story. In many ways I’m Famous! has always just been a simultaneous parody and tribute to pop culture, we’ve just now shifted the focus from Hollywood to Japan. From west to east if you will (or at least how the west perceives the east).

It’s a pretty cool thing that I was able to work on this drawing with Mark “Rawr” Egan, a man halfway around the world. What an age we live in! Black Snow Comics has never really done any kind of collaboration, aside from an uneasy partnership with the notorious gangsta pimp Daddy Rich, so it is a very fun experience to get the chance to work with such a nice and talented guy like Rawr.

So how do you work on a creative project with someone on the other side of the planet? So far by email, though I would like to chat with or call Rawr at some point. Yes, the simple magic of email is all it takes to share ideas and compare visions. After we had a good idea of what we wanted Mark drew his part, sent it to me and I added my Lone Wolf and title to it. It has become almost second nature for me to draw the Lone Wolf laughing like an imbecile at this point, so this was a pretty quick and easy task

I think it came out pretty seamlessly really. Our styles meshed well and it looks like one drawing, not one laid on top of another (which is essentially what it actually is). I’m looking forward to continuing to mix our art for the start of this crazy journey.

And in case you didn’t catch it, there are two Lone Wolfs. Part of the idea when we originally chose the name Lone Wolf was the inherent joke that he is in fact never alone, often with a sidekick or entire entourage. Turn that joke up to 11 here! It’s still funny to me anyway. Even funnier? The amount of people who never catch the comedic nature of the Lone Wolf’s name.

As a special treat for you I’ll show you the cover with only Rawr’s part of the drawing that I drew over. I was a bit sad to have to cover any of it up, as I really liked the way it looked and didn’t want to take away from any of Rawr’s work. So I’ll leave you with the original.

I'm Famous in Japan! Rawr's part of the cover
I’m Famous in Japan! Rawr’s part of the cover

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