Thanks (and I deeply appreciate the faves, too)! I can tell you, it's an interesting challenge to write a story around a faceless character. When I originally created Opey, I toyed with the idea of making him look like a normal boy with nuclear electronic innards. But, being the masochist that I am, I decided to make him look literally like an atomic bomb.
What I love about your story, "Patty", is that it also features off-beat characters with features outside the norm. It's a fascinating comic with a great style.
Thanks! I don't even know what the norm is any more (though judging by the front page of Devianart I can guess) but I know that I like stuff that I haven't seen before or that makes me look twice. Most comic art doesn't do that, but your pages do.
Thanks! I've noticed the more unique work on DA tends to be overlooked. Fan art, manga, or emo stuff seems to be all the rage. It's too bad, because I've seen some spectacular artists here on DA who are largely overlooked.
I'm glad you noticed the "Twilight Zone" reference (the billboard was a wink to those who were fans of the series). I love that show, and "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" was one of my favorites. Coincidentally, another twilight zone reference shows up on my latest Opey page.
I'm not certain from what dark recesses of my brain Opey came from, but the inspiration for the comic was an anime series called "His and Her Circumstances". That show didn't have any living atomic bombs, it was a quirky show about a snobby but popular high school girl dealing with the arrival of a male rival, who she ultimately falls in love with. I wanted to do a story with a school setting, too, but set in the post-apocalypse.
Thanks for the great compliment and adding this page to your favorites! I love drawing decaying objects and building, so this page was a bit of a treat to do.
I'm sorry to say that "Adam 12" was not the in-joke here, although that would have been a cool one to do, now that I think about it.
However, there is one in-joke on this page, and that is "No. 12 Looks Just Like You". That's actually the title of one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes, dealing with individuality in a world of carbon copy people, a theme that will show up later in the Opey comic. I'm a big Twilight Zone fan, and hopefully I'll have a different title snuck into each issue.