Today is the last issue of Ted McKeever's limited series Pencil Head, from Image Comics. It's also his last comic in general. Last week, I talked to him in detail about his decision to leave. When asked what led him there, he answered:
"There's a few reasons. Mostly because I'd reached a point in my life that I just felt like I was banging my head against the proverbial wall. Not sure how to explain it . . . but I just started to feel like I was throwing a party that took me huge amounts of time and work to put together, with not knowing if anyone would even show up."
(Read the full interview here.)
[WARNING: SPOILERS FOR PENCIL HEAD BELOW!]
Pencil Head was his way of telling people what his experience was really like, and if you've read any of the issues thus far, you'll know that things aren't sugar coated…at all.
The final issue begins with a disclaimer of sorts from main character Poodwaddle.
From that point on, a large chunk of the comic is "Comic Con 101" in Ted McKeever's rough and edgy style. A lot of it is quite comical.
For me, the most fascinating part was the reveal of Poodwaddle's inner demons. We had seen panels with them in it throughout the limited series, but never really had an explanation. Ted gives that in this issue. I won't spoil how the comic ends, but I will tell you that it is one of the most relatable comics I've ever read. I don't write or draw comics, but I am a creative person in other ways. We can all relate to the creator doubts that swirl inside of our heads. Being alone with the blank page isn't always what it's cracked up to be, and Ted shines a light on that life. I wish Ted all the best in this new chapter of his life, and hope that you will all go and grab the final issue of Pencil Head out today.