Filed Under Walcott's Quarry
This week I’m pleased to present a guest comic by Craig Dylke. Our intreped travellers encounter a new character as they begin their journey!
i hope the rest of the 2009 trip is 3D! that Craig can Shure make good 3D animals!
whuts the pink thing anyway?
Johnson (aka the pink thing) is the shrimp-like Yohoia.
Thank you for the compliments Bruce.
I’m going to be leaving the trip itself to Marek as it is his strip. However I might have a couple fill-in stories about the rest of the Walcott crew while the main man himself is on vaccation…
Yeah, Craig sure did a great job on this issue. Fantastic CGi!
LOL!! I just love the “Deep, Dark, and scary abyss!” xD When asked to support his theory, Johnson replied “Are You Mad?!” Just Gold!
This one is great! Craig, great job on the cartoon-y-realistic divide! And Marek, this is one of your best written strips yet. Pure awesome.
(Now I want to illustrate one…)
Glendon- I would love to see a Walcott by The Flying Trilobite himself! (If only I had a Trilobite related nickname, then we could claim the Trilobite trilogy )
In addition to illustrating this strip, I also scripted it…
Johnson is inspired by Dr. Paul Johnson of Mount Royal University Calgary, most famous for his research on bivalves (aka clams), but he has recently (as of 2006 in print) been tackling interpretations of the Burgess Shale.
In the traditional view the Burgess was seen as a shallow water reef that occasionally collapsed down catherdral escartment and was buried in deeper waters.
Dr. Johnson found evidence on the Trilobite beds of Mt. Stephen of possible deep water volcanic vents. This to him provided an alternate explantion of why the Cambrian explosion happened. What if a series of geologic thermals, like those we have been finding on the bottom of the ocean recently with crazy new lifeforms, propelled the sudden evolution of complex life. In the deep…
I was priveledged enough to get to accompany him on one of his last bouts of field work in 2003 to Mt. Stephen, and learned tons from him along the way. It seemed fitting to dedicate a Walcott character after this modern “great” of Burgess research.
I feel gladly surprised! Craig’s skills keep imporving!
Wow, Craig, I think you really nailed Marek’s cadence and humour with this Walcott. Great job on the scripting too.
Marek, we’re all after your job now. The only drawback is none of us can imitate your graphic cartoon style.