Sunday, December 6, 2020

31 Days Of CCS, #6: Meg Selkey

Meg Selkey's Mischevious Dog (sic) is her take on the classic CCS Aesop's Fable assignment. With the moral of "Notoriety should not be mistaken for fame," she spun a story about an attention-seeking, selfie-obsessed club kid. While the cover painting is effective, Selkey shines with her line art. Her anatomy and figure drawing are loose and expressive, but rock-solid in terms of fundamentals. Her understanding of expression, gesture, and body language are all impressive. She uses little Wally Wood tricks like rendering a figure on the last panel of a page as a scribbled silhouette. 

The narcissistic lead, Caleb, manages to make everything about him, including when his girlfriend breaks up with him and a friend commits suicide. He uses his Instagram fame to get into a club, but he systematically alienates everyone by hitting on women and trying to insinuate himself into every conversation. When he gets tossed out, a young woman recognizes him from Instagram but delivers the moral to him: just because she knows who he is doesn't make her want to interact with him. His comeuppance is cleverly delivered, as Selkey uses visual storytelling to get her points across. 

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