Day 4 of Learning to Draw Comics

A month ago, before I had my hands on a copy of Fantagraphics’ 1st volume of Popeye, I thought E. C. Segar‘s Popeye was going to be a really boring comic strip.  Boy was I wrong.  I was a full convert by the 5th strip (on the first page) printed in that book.

I had no idea what an African Escape Hen was until a few weeks ago.  If you aren’t already acquainted, meet Bernice.  She is an Escape Hen from Africa.  She can vanish; she can reappear; she can not be captured or killed; and she is the only member of her species ever to be held in captivity.

Segar’s was a genius to introduce such an unlikely character into what in almost all other regards seems like a very natural world – and he does this numerous times with a great array of wonderful characters.  I can’t wait to read the entire run.

He won me over immediately and I’ll always be glad of it.

And my sketch of Bernice…  It yams what it yams.

Study of Bernice the African Escape Hen

Study of Bernice the African Escape Hen