Regarding This Edition - Goon Intro
REGARDING THIS EDITION
The only reason I’m allowing this book to be printed again is because I also like to see when artists I like sucked. I weather the embarrassment because I love you readers so much. That, and I gots bills to pay.
REGARDING THE 2004 DARK HORSE FIRST EDITION
Well, thanks for buying this crap again. If it’s for the first time, my deepest apologies. First off, I’d like to thank the best colorist in the business, Dave Stewart, for working this project into his extremely busy schedule. Although I feel the quality of my drawings in this book are not up to snuff, it’s still great to collaborate with someone of his ability.
When I was working on the first Goon in ’98, it seemed pretty unrealistic to think anything would come of it. I drew it anyway. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the first run only lasted the three issues that are collected in this book. After the rights reverted back to me I decided to commit sure financial suicide and self-publish it. Fortunately it went well, Dark Horse picked it up, and 2003 was an unbelievably surreal break-out year.
What I’m getting at is that I just had to do this comic. If there is anything to divine cosmic destiny, which I doubt, then I’m destined to draw a funny book about a bucktoothed guy who punches zombies and hoboes. Hopefully that makes you feel a little better ’bout yourselves.
My deepest and sincerest thanks to all you Goon fans!
Somewhere in the woods of middle Tennessee
FOREWORD TO THE ALBATROSS EDITION
This collection of my first three-issue series of The Goon is entitled Rough Stuff for a reason. If you’re looking for the clean, refined work of an artist at the peak of his ability, or the steady, compelling storytelling of an established writer, you’ve come to the wrong place. Now, if you, like me, are a freak about wanting to see each step along the way of the process a creator takes in developing his skill, you may find this book entertaining. Before The Goon #1, I had not written a full-length comic, and my art, to say the least, was a bit crude. It looks like I inked some of this stuff with an electric toothbrush. You’ll probably find some of this material pretty stupid. I’m inclined to agree. But it was never my intention to make an intellectual comic. In my humble opinion there are too many people trying (note that I said trying) to do that already. The Goon was always intended to be one thing . . . fun. Even in this rough stage, I believe it accomplishes that.
Oh, and by the way, if this is your first exposure to The Goon, pick up the new series. It makes this stuff look like crap.