Once a month cartoonists in Seattle get together to draw on the same day for an event called Dune. It used to happen at the beloved Cafe Racer, and now we share our work in a Facebook group. It isn't quite the same, but it is lovely and I feel somewhat ashamed I don't participate more often. I don't even have "it's too crowded and hard to find a seat" as an excuse these days.
When my sweetie found out I was participating in Dune this month and saw how much I was struggling to find an idea he quickly sketched out this concept, an homage to Frank Herbert's Dune.
While drawing the comic I said "We must listen to Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice!" and Mike had no idea why. He'd heard it many times but had never registered that the refrain "If you walk without rhythm you won't attract the worm" was part of it. That's been the part that always gets stuck in my head, it's how I hear that phrase now (with a little Christopher Walking shoulder shrug).
If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Christopher Walkin dance to Weapon of Choice, it is one of the great video clips for a great reason. Walkin did a bunch of dance classes as a kid and it shows!
Bunson Hoppydew bouncing along sand dunes.
Bunson dancing around the sand dunes.
Closeup on the Things.
Thing 1: I guess he does jump without rhythm!
Zoom out to see the two Things standing on the back of a great sand worm. Bunson frolics happily in the desert.
Thanks to all my patrons and a special big extra thanks to Kate Webb, Erik Owomoyela and Sandra M. Odell