Here are a couple of rejected pieces that I really liked, for better or worse. It's sometimes weird being asked to do personal "comic" takes on things, because I never know when I've crossed some line of commercial acceptance and wandered into the realm of distasteful, alienating and unfunny. Above, I can't separate Star Wars from the Bay Area 70s for whatever reason. Maybe it's the white robes and mullets?
I tried to submit this in a timely manner - in this case synching up with the end of Conan O'Brien's Late Night show. I submitted it in time so that I could go to finish and have it go live before the transfer - alas, the publisher didn't get back with a "pass" until a few weeks post. This one sort of went off the deep end of alienating; combining semi-obscure O'Brien skits with even more obscure Robert E. Howard crap.
Anyway, now I'm wondering if I should ever take these to final, or let them join the dustbin of ideas lost to the winds. Below is a piece I did as a submission to Los Angeles Magazine back when I did regular things for them. As much as he loved it, he had to pass on it - as did every single other person I have since offered it to. Funny, because I get a lot of positive feedback on this piece, it got into an SI show and stuff, etc.
Who knows, maybe I should be thinking "Family Circle" a bit more when I begin on these things.