Friday, October 24, 2008
Izzy Challenge by J.B. Winter and 50 Others Izzy Challenge is the brainchild of J.B. Winter, who has enlisted comic artists from 50 states to fill in backgrounds and captions for 50 panels of his character Izzy’s trek across the United States. J.B. drew his character Izzy the mouse in 51 panels over 14 pages. The first panel features Izzy leaving his house with two suitcases and a backpack. The other 50 panels featured J.B.’s drawing of Izzy, but the artists from each of the states provide backgrounds and captions. I like that J.B. makes each page look like an actual photo album – complete with the little picture stays. At the bottom of each page, an icon of the state has a corresponding text box with that state’s artist name, email, and website, if available. Almost all of the panels reflect some state or local theme. For example, Indiana’s panel refers to the “brain drain” that all the politicians occasionally wring their hands over. In Arkansas, Izzy rides on the back of the White River Monster from Jacksonport, Arkansas. In Rhode Island, Izzy hangs out on the Rhode Island School of Design green. While this is a great idea, it must have been a logistical nightmare to coordinate. Izzy Challenge is $1 and available online at J.B.’s website.