As soon as I finished my 2009 comic Super Duper Ham: Day One, I started to explore ways to enhance my character designs. My original comic embraced a lot of silliness, which worked for the self-contained short story, but when I thought about further exploring the heroes and villains of Mammapolis, I decided to get a bit more serious. I also started to think about color – Day One was conceived to be printed in black and white.
This version of SDH modeled his superhero form after his father, hence the “dad-bod”, which would contrast against the more idealized, V-shape of the Ion.
I used this image for the cover of the first edition of Sketches and Streams in 2012.