The People's M.O.D.O.K.

As soon as I had written and drawn a real Marvel-616 continuity comic the requests for M.O.D.O.K. sketches started coming in fast and furious:

There were lots more, and they were all very fun and flattering to be commissioned to draw these for fans. I even re-visited the old "Che MODOK" sketch and finished it up for Robert Goodin's AMAZING "Covered" Blog.



But that was FAR from the end.


I ALSO came up with an idea to boost the sales numbers of M.O.D.O.K. Reign Delay - I had gotten pretty good and fast at drawing sketch cards, so I came up with a marketing idea where I would team up with an online retailer that was already planning on selling M.O.D.O.K. #1 (so I could easily send the non Wednesday warriors there) and I would draw a free sketch card that they would include in every copy of the comic - like doing an in-store signing, but entirely online! Marvel was cool with the promo, but asked that I not charge a premium for the cards and that I *only* draw Marvel characters - both of which was no problem. I ended up approaching Discount Comic Book Service and they said yes immediately.


I thought I'd have to draw somewhere between 50 and 100 cards. At an average production speed of 5-10 minutes per card, I could knock them out in a few weeknights of TV time.

Well, DCBS also decided to offer M.O.D.O.K. Reign Delay #1 at a larger than normal discount.


They didn't get 50-100 orders.


They got 435.


Oh. CRAP.


I used my trusty copies of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe for inspiration and you can totally tell where I hit a team page or was just plowing through the book in alphabetical order.


It was fun doing 400+ tiny pieces of fan art in two weeks (this isn't even all of them!) but, oof, never again. I'm getting hand cramps just lookin at these.

Ryan Dunlavey is a cartoonist and author based in New York City.

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