A Blast from the Past
Long ago, I had created a small comic series called "Bones Comics",
which was all hand-drawn, and had nothing to do with any particular
game (unlike the more recent
Bones' UO Comics. Also note that this is the "Bones" part of
"NecroBones"). I worked on it here and there for a few years, but it got
started in January of 1987, and the vast majority of the strips I
made were done that year. I would add anything and everything
that could be even the slightest bit funny, so there were an aweful
lot of horrible puns and the like.
I worked on them in class (I was in 8th grade when I started it),
and so they tended to be quickly
scribbled out on 3x5" notecards. This often influenced the types of
subject matter as well. For instance, when I was in biology class,
there ended up being a lot of biology puns. They were almost always
single-cell comics, only rarely taking two or three cells, mostly
due to the chosen medium.
Below are two individual examples from
fairly early in the series. I've redone the text in Paint Shop Pro,
since it was written sloppy and didn't scan well. My skill hasn't
improved a whole lot, since I haven't had much practice in years,
but these characters below were relatively early in the series.
Oddly enough, I can draw cartoonish skeletons and inanimate objects,
but not humans or animals.
The comics were arranged into 'editions', which were typically 30
cards or so, including the front and back 'cover'. Below are a
few typical cover cards. The shortest edition was only one card,
just the cover.
In the end, there were 48 editions, spanning over 4 years.
Something that you really can't see from these few examples is that
the whole thing was done from the standpoint of these skeletons
attempting to put on a show, and screwing-up badly along the way. Scenes
in which they're still constructing the props and sets were common.
This may have been mildly influenced by my memories of the Muppet Show,
since it depicted misfits performing a sort of "variety show", complete
Every edition, for the most part, also had an "Intermission" card,
in which you'd often see them moving around stage equipment and
Significantly later, but still quite a long time ago, I also made
some attempts to create some of these things entirely on the
computer (I didn't have a scanner back then). These were just
test shots, and weren't actually turned into comics. Here are
So as you can see, Osso and Ossis, plus other skeletal characters,
have been around for a long time, though I didn't actually name
them til much later when
Bones' UO Comics came into existence. In the UO comics, which
where based on Ultima Online,
the skeletal characters only appeared in about a quarter of the
strips, but were still the main recurring characters. The entire
comic series was made using the graphics from the game itself, and
the context and setting was set within the game as well. The normal
format for the comic strip was 6 cells. Here's an example:
Here's are some attempts at drawing some characters that I did more recently,
which went on to become some of the basis for the online Bones Comics.
I guess my skill hasn't changed much, especially when you consider
I've had practically zero practice in a decade...
Some of the characters above are now being used in an attempt to
resurrect the BONES comic strip... I've started working on an online
version of the hand-drawn series with a new paradigm, and you can
see it on the BONES Comics page. Here's the
first test-strip from it:
Hey, wait a sec... I think these guys were copying me! :-)
(Bones' UO Comics (C) Copyright 1999, Ed T. Toton III, All Rights Reserved)
(Unauthorized duplication prohibited)