A History of Guinea Something Good (Part One)
In a way, Guinea Something Good began when I was 8 years old. I drew some of my first comics about my pet guinea pigs Joe and George. Joe was the first pet I owned that was considered "my own pet," and not the family's, and this excited me enough to dedicate a comic to him. I continued drawing about Joe and George from grade school through high school, starting JoeGP.com in the 7th grade - http://bit.ly/joegporigin . However, leaving high school, I also left behind my childhood series in pursuit of something new, experimenting with many different comic ideas from then onward. It would take six years for Joe to return. In 2008, I began my "epic" comedy graphic novel series, "featuring Talking Guinea Pigs" - http://ftgpigs.com/ . This was the first comic I made about guinea pigs since my high school days. I did squeeze in a Joe reference or two in a previous comic series, but this was the first series that once again cast guinea pigs as central characters. In the comic series' I had tried between the Joe comics and fTGP, it always felt like something had been missing, that what I was creating was generic and not capturing "my voice." Somehow, guinea pig characters speak to me. I started drawing comics about them the same time I started drawing comics at all - it's like the medium and these little animals merged in my mind as one and the same. Guinea pigs represent to me truly wonderfully funny cartoon characters. And aside from some recent appearances in a show or movie here and there, they seem to be largely absent from the media at large. In 2010, after fTGP had been running for two years, I started getting burned out on the demanding schedule I had set for myself and the incredible amount of artwork each page required. I wanted to create something as a side project that I could make relatively quickly to post inbetween fTGP updates. Somehow, I came up with "Cagin' It" - http://bit.ly/caginit "Cagin' It" (named by my brother, John) was to be extremely simple. Two guinea pigs sit in a cage and talk to each other. That's it. It would allow me to reuse artwork, something I never let myself do in fTGP, and just focus on funny dialogue. I could make several updates a week as a way to make up for the lack of fTGP updates. And as a lark, I could bring back Joe and George, my childhood characters, and what got me started in comics in the first place. Only, instead of the stick figures I drew as a kid, I could actually make them look like guinea pigs. It was exactly what I needed to keep my creativity flowing. And for about 50 comics, it was great. But having two characters in a cage talking back and forth to each other eventually wore me down. I needed something that was more open, something that allowed more diversity...I needed Guinea Something Good - http://bit.ly/gsgorigin . (To be continued in Part 2)
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