Sneaky Dragon Episode 182

by David Dedrick on May 30, 2015


Guten tag, Sneakers! Welcome to another episode of Sneaky Dragon. This week, the show starts off with a Mardi Gras atmosphere – minus the beads, breasts and booze; Dave takes a call; Ian and Dave went to VanCAF where they learned that they should plan better, display their stuff better and learn to pitch the show better – thumbs up on the free buttons though; how will Ian die; Ian and Dave explore twist endings and talk EC Comics and other Creepy things; Dave remembers when it was hard to find drawing tips and he and Ian discuss some pitfalls for beginner artists; Dave’s non-tattoos; and, finally, Dave’s brother and adorable death machines – also known as bears.

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Colin Upton June 1, 2015 at 3:41 am

I gotta say, I love context! Very informative!
You were wondering about the sailor on page 15. It seemed like most sailors of the time wore dress more or less modelled on that of the British Royal Navy, for centuries the most powerful navy in the world and one of the first to give their sailors an actual uniform. The Japanese, for example, based their navy on Britain’s and their army on France’s… until France’s defeat by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and then German influence took over the army. As if by dressing like the Royal Navy you would magically gain some of their power. However, the hat the sailor is wearing with the red pompom looks distinctly French to me. I remember when the French navy was in town years ago the “matelots” walked around with their sailor hats in their hands as if embrassed by them. I was wondering why if Herge was careful to make the scientists from Axis or neutral countries (or whatever Vichy was supposed to be then) why would the ship they travelled on be British, with an English captain. Has Haddock’s nationality been explicitily mentioned in the series up to this point?


Stuart June 1, 2015 at 3:54 am

I know this is probably redundant for yourselves but i found this series of videos about making a comic book page covered all that you were talking about. The layout and redrawing, the choices of pens and brushes ( i think he even mentions the exact brushes Dave talks about ), referencing sources and not getting it perfect right away etc.

I always loved Bill Bryson paraphrasing Steven Herrero re bears ” It is also foolish to climb a tree because black bears are adroit climbers and, as Herrero drily notes, you will simply end up fighting the bear in a tree. “


Gord June 3, 2015 at 9:56 am

“Seek discomfort” is such a wonderful phrase and attitude. I had not heard it expressed in those words before. I would agree that it is fundamental to an satisfying life. So glad it came up on the podcast.


n. matsumoto June 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm

I think the guy was very confused that I had an indie comic, at a comic arts festival, that somehow was unavailable to purchase anywhere.

And yes, right, the 200th episode gift… *shifty eyes*


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