This is my first notebook full of drawings that I ever kept, dating back to 1990. I kept every page in tact so you can see them as they were. Looking through every pic, you can tell what my interests were at that time in my life. And even though it isn’t in the notebook anymore, Stephen’s Wacky Maze was birthed here. The scan quality of these pictures was hard to adjust any darker, so some of the pages look faded. If I can ever improve the picture quality, I will replace the old pic for higher quality pics.
-Stephen White BOOK 1
The cover of my notebook. The text on the front was “carved” in since the cover was not a common material. Some big creature, Flattop, Super Mario and even a Lips Manlis sketch (which isn’t mine). The threat from the last page has been dealt with by Batman and Robin. Then more Mario art and homework…note my spelling of “Austriala”… Mega Man III and the return of that monster from before! That monster vs Mechagodzilla…then it grew wings and fought other things! A few random sketches and two that are not mine. Dick Tracy, Batman, Ninja Turtles and another little sketch that’s not mine. The Flash all scribbled out (for some reason). And a bunch of Mario thumbnails. Again, some aren’t mine. I had a fascination with the Blank from Dick Tracy (despite it being Madonna). The visual of the character was cool and wondering what was underneath was more fascinating. Dick Tracy and Godzilla. The original pics were colorized. Godzilla (was colorized) A reverse tracing of the previous Godzilla sketch. Plus an ape bomb and Slash. Super Godzilla…. Slash with Spider-Ham and Spider-Man saying, “Garsh!” Then some…thing and the mayor of Tetris! More Flash and some dastardly villain holding someone hostage! Heat Man on a trampoline (because it makes sense) ad a slew of characters. This was a joke between myself and one other person. I think it came from one of our school textbooks and we found it funny. I wonder if she remembers this… Batman and tic-tac-toe! Godzilla had a family…and a life that’s straight out of the 1950s….and for some reason seemingly worked at WKDF 103.3 in Nashville….plus there’s that pet that the baby has….oh and I wanted to be the Flash…WHOOSH! Codes for Gilligan’s Island on the NES and also King Kong had a family too. Kong was into baseball! and they had a pet too! End of the book with some NES Godzilla codes and even some for Vegas Dreams! The End. BOOK 2
In my usual fashion, I made a sequel book of drawings. As I recall this is circa 1992 and I had this notebook with me while I was spending the night with my grandparents. I spent most of the evening drawing a good portion of the sketches in this book. Some have a story and some don’t. Unfortunately, the quality is lacking due to the limits of scanning and no amount of color adjustments seemed to help. I hope you enjoy this peek of the past, despite those issues.
I had to make the cover a bit flashier! I recall Faceball being a game on the Super NES but I can’t say I every played it, but the visuals are what caught my attention. Naturally I added my own twist. Stephen’s Wacky Maze 17 wasn’t even completed, which meant this was probably my first concept poster. Stick people basketball…an pre-cursor to Jack Stickman perhaps? Shnono Man and Boo Boy…there’s a joke here that really only exists between two people. These were “superheroes” birthed from that joke. Stick figure hockey because…why not? Robo-Rabbit vs Maniac Marlin! I could’ve written for Superfriends. Randomness. And more randomness. Spider-Man 2093 was a concept idea that did exist at one time. Upon typing this, I wanted to see if the picture existed on the internet and it, in fact, did but only one. Eventually this idea was moved up 6 years and became Spider-Man 2099 but with a completely different design. This one wasn’t bad but 2099 was the right way to go. I had an obsession with Ghoulies when I was a kid. I think little creatures in general like Critters, Gremlins, and the even more obscure Munchies. However, Ghoulies III was my absolute favorite flick for the longest time! It used to be regular viewing at my best friend’s house when I’d sleep over. See? Critters questioning Ghoulies! And since Ghoulies come from the toilet, who better to fix your plumbing?! They even used a 683 number and were the original GPS! Unfortunately, Flush 2000 and Drainot are jobless because of those clowns. Plus, a lame joke. Shadow is letting you know he’s here now but he’ll always be here later. Critters 3 was not as interesting as my picture would lead you to believe. Fun fact: Critters 3 starred Leonardo DiCaprio! And now a Ghoulie wants to know what a Critter is. But he should be more specific and ask what a “Crite” is. On the other page is the CLS of Critter Lumber Service also local with the 683 number. Saw and Axe….out of a job…What if Shadow and Mirror teamed-up?? SPOILER! They did. A punchable face. Robo Rabbit vs Robo Rabbit 2 is not only the best battle but the last battle….ever! But wait! If it’s the last battle, then how would Robo Rabbit even see Robo Rabbit 3?? And it’s common knowledge not to team-up Ghoulies and Tasdevils. You’ll always get trouble! And now we near the end… …in which I anticipated a 3rd book! Side note in Geography: Bovlia is isolated because they kept away from the highlands where most people live. LOOK FOR THESE OTHER BOOKS! -END- BOOK 3
There had to be a trilogy of books because I’m weird like that. The first book was a genuine book of drawings with no rhyme or reason. It just was. The last two were intentional, this one more so than the last. Not sure why I felt it necessary to do this, but kids are stupid sometimes and this was one of my moments. There are some interesting bits inside though.
A gimmicky 3D-ish cover that I created because there was a hole in the cover. I opened it up a bit and drew the next page. The opening page showing the “3” from the cover. More stick people sports and the NEW Shnono Man and Boo Boy! Look how strong he is, holding up a Tennessee Ernie Ford song like that! Transistion pages because I HAD to fill this book. I think Gordonsville should have a tiger shark as their school mascot. Who else does? The Invisible Man wasn’t impressed with the tiger. Now…in what I touted as my “greatest comic yet”…Tasdevils may have been at the time, but it aged as well as cheese sitting on the equator at the end of July. I am very aware that the name “Tasdevils” is lame. I wasn’t that original back then. I mean they are basically sharks with arms, Wolverine claws, and flame coming out their ass. Graduating Venom approves of that comic! Another one of my creations was the Vein Voodoo Team: Rags and Soap. I DO NOT know why they are named this AT ALL. It was just easy. But here they are invading Fort Destruction, which was my tree fort in the creek bed at my parents house. One time, I fell out of that goddamn tree …couldn’t hold me up any more, you bastard?! A cape wearing stick figure with bulging eyes thinks it’s cool. You should take his word for it. Blood Suckers was a horror story I had about mutated leeches wreaking havoc on a small town in Michigan. “Bigger by the Blood” was the tag line hinting that the more blood they consumed, the bigger they became. Also this mutation gave them legs, a tail for some reason, and a phallic sucker. Lance Smith introduces himself as he is the hero of Blood Suckers. But can he survive the final battle when blood sucking returns in Blood Suckers 2? Perhaps. Whether or not the story was worth a damn, I loved the design I came up with for the title. I redrew it numerous times over the years because I dug it so much. Penis leech found some lunch. King Computer Crab is impressed by Robo Rabbit vs Snake Sensor! Who wouldn’t be? That punchable face lost a tooth. And this is what a nerd apparently looks like, in case you didn’t know. I guess a nerd makes you barf. Boo Boy with legs and his new pal, Skel E. Ton…..I’m making that face where you stare at someone waiting to laugh at a bad joke but they’re not going to. Not sure what the thing on the left is but I chose to make a fat joke with it. It shows how classy I was. On the right, I posed the question of “What If?” Robo Rabbit had to fight both Robo Rabbit 2 AND Robo Rabbit 3!…SPOILER! He did. This tentacled eyeball is unamused. For some reason, I re-asked the question of “What If?” even though I posed it in the last book. I guess the ninja turtle though it was funny. You may notice the quality going downhill, as well as a lack of ideas. Further proof of what I said previously. There is an explanation… I noted here I was tired, meaning that I was drawing page after page trying to fill the book but didn’t have any great ideas and was just winging it. This is a great example of Hollywood sequels when they run out of ideas. They don’t let that stop them! Mountains, I guess? Ironsword was an NES game I enjoyed playing so I half-assed a drawing. A kitten, I guess? and Death Monster 2 which was meant to be scarier or more menacing than the original sketch. Meh… More tired artwork. Beware of teddy bears with attitudes. The sketches on the right are from a Dragon Warrior (aka Dragon Quest) game. Part III if I recall. Some…thing…The Death Dealer was based on some framed picture I has when I was entering my pre-teen years. I think the guy on the left is supposed to be intimidated by the Death Dealer. On the right, we see the very first drawing Lightning Bolt and the Ghost Kid. At some point (not sure why), I decided to take the ridiculous premise of Shnono Man and Boo Boy and legitimize the idea. Here, two of my oldest characters were born, albeit in very different outfits. Boo Boy knows what’s up! Since I had two versions of Shnono Man and Boo Boy, I did the same with Lightning Bolt and the Ghost Kid. When I wrote the actual comic for them, they transitioned into their new looks over time. Thumbs up on that. Here I wanted to go back to the original book and do another “Wacky Maze” series for no other reason than to do so. This “game” really doesn’t work in paper form, which is why I wish I could make it into the video game I always envisioned it to be. The Wacky Maze Wacky Maze 2 Wacky Maze 3: Fun! Oh and there was a relationship between 4 and 5. 5 is rubbing 4’s back to give you a proper visual of that…I meant in the game though. Wacky Maze 4. Apparently, you had 20 seconds to find the connection to 5. Wacky Maze 5, complete with boss battle! You win but you lose…if you didn’t find the connection….which I’m not sure what it was. A crying face for losers and the winning screen! If you really think about it, this is how video games were back then. All this work for such a lame ending. This spider is deadly…really deadly…. In case you didn’t know, snakes slither and they have fangs. Ghost Kid setting up the farewell! Stephen saying goodbye until Tasdevils 2020, which is what I eventually renamed the story. On the right is Robo Rabbit and his original rogues gallery. For some reason, this notebook was a mutant and had two backends so I utilized them for more sketches. A bunch of random thumbnails and a few math problems. The Ghoulie obsession continues! SPECIAL EDITION
One day I decided to go all George Lucas on my drawing books and redraw them. What I really did is redraw some of the pictures from each book, making it more of a “greatest hits” style presentation. Because I’ve never had the foresight to date anything, I have to guess when I did this and based on the art style, I’d say early 2000s.
Diamond Comics presents!… a rehash!! Mario, Luigi and Toad looking more buff than ever! This damn monster attacking the beach again and a shark eating someone! Plus some redesigns of Mega Man III characters. The monster yet again and a whole lot of randomness on the other page! Batman, Robin and Raphael…If you haven’t watched that animated crossover (which I predicted decades ago), you should! Spider-Man and Spider-Ham try to take down Slash! That could be a fun crossover too! A revised look at the “Godzilla” family, though I drew them in the style of the 1998 Godzilla films so this is really the “Zilla” family. Also, Flash! And of course another look at the King Kong family, with them all looking possessed! On the right, we have the cover to book two. SWM 17 featuring the Robo-Devil! And pro Stickball! Shnono Man and Boo Boy! Honestly, I have no idea what “shnono” means… It’s just something that came from that face. Oddly enough, I have Google searched the word and results appear. I’m afraid to click them… Robo Rabbit vs Manic Marlin….I thought he was a “maniac” not “manic”… Another strange beast and someone messing with Banner…uh-oh! Spidey trying to help a guy from being smashed! And Spidey 2093! Ghoulies and Critters in their 3rd outings! Doppelganger fights! The end is the beginning…of book 3! Stick Football and the NEW Shnono Man and Boo Boy! Tiger Shark and a Dogfish (yuk yuk). This particular version of Tasdevils seems to be rewritten as a sequel to Stephen’s Wacky Maze III. Also, starring Ashley Hill! Not sure who she is but she was in it. I revamped the idea of the Battles of Fort Destruction that was actually a much darker more personal story about a man overcoming a failure. I never did write the story out but I loved the concept. On the right Computer Crab is orchestrating the fight between Robo Rabbit and Sensor Snake! This idjit…also Boy Boy and Skel E. Ton! Whatever this thing is and the Death Monster 2. I previously posted a redrawn version of the original Death Monster 2 so this would be the 2nd drawing and the other one the 3rd. Same story here with the Death Dealer. This is 2nd revision and the other is 3rd. Lightning Bolt and the Ghost Kid in a more modern costume design. Plus the addition of the vial in the picture hints at an origin. Boy Boy needs to get over it. Lightning Bolt looking Batman-esque and Ghost Kid without his hat! I think I was planning to give Wacky Maze a legitmate story like the original series eventually had, hence the flashy cover! Here you see the beginning of a story and one panel of art that seems to begin the story but it was never completed. The maze is an exact recreation of the original but flashier. Same with 2. And 3… AND 4… AND I gave up. 5 was never completed nor was the story I had planned for it. I guess I got lazy…but this is where the book ends…no closure…just a big “what happens next”… Sorry.
I’m glad I’ve held onto these notebooks for so long. Hopefully, they can be seen as fun throwbacks or even inspiration for other artists who think they aren’t good enough and will never be good enough.