The Purple Gorilla

Through a set of serendipitous circumstances I find myself committed to the terrific and terrifying prospect of spending sixteen days traveling abroad through Egypt in winter of 2010. I have no idea what to expect, but plan to keep a sketchbook and comic diary for the duration of the trip entitled The Purple Gorilla and Other Caterpillar Tales* that I may publish portions of upon my return. This collection of drawings and comics will comprise Volume Three in my ongoing series starring the Caterpillar (see my About Page for further explanation) and may inspire me to pursue other derivative works too.

I have traveled in 14 countries, but this will be my first trip to Africa, my first time in an Arabic speaking country (so there’s no hope of deciphering signage and conversation), and my first chance to turn down a camel ride. I’m just beginning my research on what we have in store for us, but already sense some strong story leads and adventure possibilities for my comics. Expect to see a lot more of Egypt in the upcoming months!!

Purple Gorilla Drawing

*Note: In the early 1950’s, publishers accidentally discovered that sales went up when comic covers featured a purple gorilla, even if the interior content had nothing whatsoever to do with gorillas of any kind, purple or otherwise. No one knew why this worked, but it did. I have braced myself for the possibility that inspiration found in Egypt will completely thwart all current thesis plans and establish a whole new project direction, but whatever I may work on as a thesis, a cover with a purple gorilla will guarantee interest. If not, I will blame Steve Bissette for telling me about the marketing power of said species.

One thought on “The Purple Gorilla”

  1. Hi Javier,
    I would need to know more about your proposed project, the class, the school, and what kind of use you intend for the illustration if you wanted to include it as part of your branding for a school assignment. We would also need some sort of licensing agreement. In the real world, small business logo design can cost somewhere between $3,000 and $10,000 (please see the Artist’s Guild Pricing and Ethical Guidelines if you have any questions), so I need more information. In the meantime, while I am glad you enjoy my work, I cannot give you permission to use my drawing until we reach some sort of agreement. Thank you for your understanding!

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