A Short History of Savage Chickens
Savage Chickens began on a rainy day in October 2004 when, after one too many migraines, I scribbled two chickens on a sticky note. It was fun, so I kept drawing them and a few months later in January 2005, I posted them online in a blog. To my surprise, people enjoyed them and in the spring I was lucky to be featured on My Yahoo and things rolled along from there. Over 2000 cartoons and 8 years later, Savage Chickens now has a healthy audience and a book from Perigee Books.
Back in the early days, I scribbled the cartoons with a ballpoint pen. I never drew a second draft, and I kept all of the cartoons in a crumpled ziploc bag. They were pretty scruffy-looking! But over the years, I got my cartooning mojo back again and started putting more care and attention into the work. I tried drawing new animals and even famous people, from ABBA to Jabba. Today, I continue to push myself to keep drawing new things and to make the cartoons as fun as I can.
Every cartoon is hand-drawn on a sticky note. Sometimes I get the cartoon right the first time, but usually I draw it many times and use a light box to trace previous drafts. Then I scan the cartoon and clean up the image a little and post it on the site. I use Staedtler pigment liners and a variety of sticky note brands. On a good week, I’ll get a week’s worth of cartoons done in one day, but usually I finish them minutes before I post them on the site. So the chickens are pretty fresh!
To read more about my story, see the About Doug page.
For an overview of the major characters, see the Characters page.