The Flying Shirt of Snectity Jones was an attempted project undertaken at the end of 2006. I had just completed my slice-of-life comics work Hellzaboppin', and was anxious to keep momentum going. However, the project rather quickly stalled, and all that it yielded were the pages you see here.

Snectity Jones was meant to be something of a riff on Little Nemo, but with the further desire of representing all characters, particularly the villains, as being good-natured in their own way. As enjoyable as the antics of mad scientist super villains like Doctor Doom may be, no one is a villain in their own mind, and I wanted to let that idea play out to its natural conclusion.

Similar to my unreleased comic Hellzaboppin', The Flying Shirt of Snectity Jones was done in a kind of stream-of-consciousness fashion, with the panels allowed to materialize on the page without any real script to speak of. The art, therefore, is scratchy and haphazard (though in a more refined way when compared to the work that it emulates). This inspired me to include the title on each page, similar to early comic strips, albeit in a variety of fonts and formats.

The largest issue I encountered with Snectity was the voice, which I found to be a bit unnatural for me, and difficult to sustain. The combination of first and third person perspectives, where the omniscient narrator interacts with the central protagonist, wasn't something that seemed to open up the action, and felt more like a cute contrivance. With no actual script to follow, I found myself floundering with it, though its inclusion seemed central.

The character of Snectity Jones would find her way into the Rabbit Hero mythos, along with the other character introduced here. The character of the gargoyle was dubbed Gregor by my friend Chris, though his name is never actually confirmed in any of his appearances. He originally was conceived as a vampire, but the angle felt vaguely useless, and the inherent macabre nature of vampires seemed to contradict the basic sense that I was trying to portray.

The character of Snectity Jones would find her way into the Rabbit Hero mythos, along with the other character introduced here. The character of the gargoyle was dubbed Gregor by my friend Chris, though his name is never actually confirmed in any of his appearances. He originally was conceived as a vampire, but the angle felt vaguely useless, and the inherent macabre nature of vampires seemed to contradict the basic sense that I was trying to portray.

I particularly enjoyed the chance to flip the script on expectations in this world. Where as danger would seem imminent, I wanted to demonstrate that outcomes, for Snectity and for us, were often not as dire as the originally seem, and that expectations, both good and bad, are often dashed. It is, I find, a good rule of thumb for life when fear and worry begin to arise, to remember that things never play out the way we expect, even if they do come close. That unpredictability is in- escapable, and the key to circumventing our ills.

The primary theme begins to emerge, just as my interest and abilities start to come off the rails...

And that's all she wrote, folks. The idea, much like the Rabbit Hero himself, has failed to diminish in the intervening years, and I hope to come back to Snectity one day. In the interim, a great many other concepts have found their way into it, and I feel confident that, once it is undertaken for good, the results with be...inspired.

Remember:

some flowers are Easter Eggs.