REGARDING NORMAN #5: THE COMIC BOOK


If you are not yet aware, my first, full length, Norman Oklahoma novel is now available for pre-order for just 99 cents. Click here if you'd like to get it now before it becomes $3.99 when it is released on April 28, 2018.

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about Norman Oklahoma.

The Regarding Norman series is a chance for me to talk about all the dumb things I've done with Norman Oklahoma.

And by dumb things, I mean releasing books or stories that weren't ready, then taking them down, then trying them again, only to take them down again.

Sounds exhausting, right.

It was.

But I had to do it. I had to get through all of that to get to where I am now.

So let's talk about all that.

In Part One of Regarding Norman, I talked about how Norman Oklahoma got started.

In Part Two, I talked about the first book I started, but never finished.

In Part Three, I talked about Norman fighting zombies.

In Part Four, I talked about the Norman Oklahoma Christmas special.

Today, I'm going to talk about the Norman Oklahoma Comic Book.

Sometime back in 2010, Harold Jennett, friend and artist (Have you checked out Our Adventure Continues yet?) set forth to create an anthology comic to raise money for the homeless. He asked if I wanted to contribute a story, and of course, I said yes.

I took the story I'd started, The Golden Guns, and took just the encounter with the Walrus and turned it into a short comic story script called I Am The Walrus.

Harold then teamed me with artist Andrew Charipar and a few months later I had a comic story starting Norman Oklahoma. You can see Andrew's stuff HERE.

The story was black and white, but at the time that the artwork was coming in, I was learning the basics of flatting, which is filling in the artwork on a comic with solid color for the colorist to come in and then color the book.

So, with this new found talent, I colored the story. Not very well. Not very well at all, but I colored it all the same.

The basis for the story came about by accident. When I first wrote the scene, Norman wakes up one morning, and wearing just his robe and undergarments, enters his kitchen to find the Walrus sitting at his kitchen table. The walrus is there to kill him. Norman, in a sudden impulse to distract the Walrus and save his life, flings a carton of milk at the Walrus as he shouts: "Koo-koo-katchoo, fatboy!"

At one point, as I'm writing this scene, and as I'm stuck on where to go from there, I decide to double check the spelling of something.

See, here's the thing. I was trying to reference the song by the Beatles, I Am the Walrus, and I, for the life of me, was positive that the lyrics to the chorus were thus:

I am the egg man
They are the egg men
I am the walrus
Koo-koo-katchoo

I mean, I'm a huge Beatles fan. I truly believe that they are the single greatest rock-n-roll band of all time. I own all their CDs. I've seen the Anthology four times. So I was positive on those lyrics. But, I wanted to make sure that I was spelling "koo-koo-katchoo" correctly because I've never seen it written down before.

After all, I'd hate to put it out there and find out later that I'd spelled it incorrectly. I mean, what kind of Beatles fan would I be at that point, right?

So, I did an online search for the lyrics. I click on the first link I find, which is a fan site that someone created, and I see this:

I am the egg man
They are the egg men
I am the walrus
Goo goo g'joob

That's not right, I say to myself. The dude got it wrong. What an idiot.

So I dig further and check out the next site.

It too says "Goo goo g'joob".

Okay, I say to myself. This site stole it from the other or vice versa. They are both idiots.

But then every site I check shows the same. "Goo goo g'joob".

Now I'm getting worried. Could I have been wrong this entire time!?

I pull out my CD, Magical Mystery Tour, and I play the song.

Well, I say to myself. I suppose that he's saying "Goo goo g'joob", but it sure sounds like "Koo-koo-katchoo."

It is only then that I discover that the CD's liner notes contain the lyrics to the songs. It was "Goo goo g'joob" and I was shame faced. I felt as if I had betrayed my Beatles fandom.

But then I realized I had found the key to finishing the scene. Norman still says "koo-koo-katchoo" and he and the Walrus then argue over what the correct line is and in the end Norman uses that argument to win the day.

You still see it now in The Adventures of Norman Oklahoma Vol One (Available for pre-order now for just 99 cents). The biggest difference is that I swapped the milk carton for the coffee carafe.

That's the story behind the story.

But I bet you want to read the comic, don't you.

Well, you're in luck.

First, here are two pages to whet your appetite.



If you want to read the whole thing, you can download it on PDF by just clicking on this sentence.

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