Back in March, I was chatting with my friend Alan about the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. As conversations can go sometimes, we got silly. I suddenly threw out the idea of taking the scene with Hawkeye and Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War…only shooting him at Thanos’ butt. Kind of a parody of Green Arrow shooting The Atom at Darkseid. Though in that case, The Atom shrunk inside Darkseid’s brain.
Anyway, I couldn’t let go of the idea and suddenly, the image of a one-page comic popped in my head. Without second guessing myself, I messaged Sam Owen, who I discovered on Twitter, though I can’t remember how.
Turns out, he was game for the idea.
See, I’ve always wanted to write comics. But it’s notoriously difficult to get into the business if you can’t also draw. Even for artists, it’s not easy. It also doesn’t help that I could never afford an artist. But with my current job, I’ve had some disposable income, so I could finally pay an artist, even if it was for a really dumb, one-page idea.
Funnily enough, I didn’t know about the “Ant-Man goes up Thanos’ bum” meme until AFTER I sent the first payment to Sam. My friend Alan pointed it out to me. And honestly, I got a little frustrated and depressed because I thought it was a funny, original idea. It figures the internet had already come up with the idea.
Still, I really like how this turned out. Sam and I batted ideas around on the panel compositions. He sent me a couple of rough breakdowns before we agreed on a finalized product.
And I can finally say I wrote a comic! Just today, I went to Staples and printed out a copy of the page, framed it, and hung it on my wall. Screw it. Overplayed meme or not, it’s funny.
Plus, I recently discovered a comic book anthology that’s looking for writers and artists. Even better, the writer can pitch something and they’ll pair you with an artist. I’m already putting something together for that.