Who needs a huge comic strip to tell a story when it can all be done in one frame!
Derek Evernden shows us exactly how it is done with his amazing comic series Bogart Creek which he started two years ago.
Derek says “Bogart Creek is only two years old, but I’ve been drawing comics in various forms for many years. A pivotal moment for me was about twenty years ago when I worked summers as a caricaturist at Toronto’s Ontario Place, drawing hundreds of tourists every summer. It was a weird sort of performance, trying to save the punchline for the very end to get the best reaction from the crowd. Can’t say I’m a fan of being ‘on stage’, but I get a similar kick from seeing how people respond to my comics online.”
“Bogart Creek largely happened because I was getting too depressed drawing political cartoons of Trump. I was gaining some momentum in that field and it was suggested that I send some in to The New Yorker. At the time their policy didn’t allow for political cartoons so I started doing dry, cerebral single panel gags.”
“I’ve got some basic rules I try to follow: no swearing, no sexual humor (except for the odd reindeer in drag), I try to avoid puns and overtly ‘relatable’ stuff, and no political gags. Beyond that, sky’s the limit. I’ve been really amazed at how much people of all ages and lifestyles seem to be OK with really dark, violent, and twisted scenarios.”