The image above is the cover for Cy-Boar issue #1, the beginning of this series. I first drew a cover for this story way back in 1989, before drawing the story. As I gradually drew this tale, the I got a little better. So, after I was done with the final page, I thought the original cover looked terrible. So I drew this version. Years later, in 1999, I was involved in an internet comic book company that wanted to publish Cy-Boar online. At that time I reworked and revised this cover image. Unfortunately, that company fell through and Cy-Boar never made it online…. Until now.
This site will chronicle my Cy-Boar series of comics. As I mentioned above, I started drawing this character and his adventures back in 1989, when I was a sophmore in High school. At that time, I had been drawing a Ninja Turtles based comic for my friends called “Trans-Dimensional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. A bunch of my friends were interested in drawing comics at the time. My younger brother and one of his middle school friends came up with a 6 page story about this “Cy-Boar” character. FOr some reason which I now forget, I thought it would be a good idea to redraw their story and expand upon it.
After I drew that first story, I kept drawing Cy-Boar comics through the rest of high school years, through college and into the present. These stories are usually a sideline to whatever else I am doing in life. Usually Cy-Boar’s latest adventure is relegated to a sketchbook that I only work on when I’m in an airplane or on a roadtrip.
This site will collect all of these Cy-Boar tales, in full color for the first time. I will also rework the text and lettering to make it all easier to read.
Please check back here every THURSDAY and come along for the journey!
-Lou Graziani 2-05
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Panel 1: Look at the perspective in this house. It’s pathetic! Either this old guy lives in a house that should be condemned as unsafe, or I needed to seriously improve my use of perspective.
Panel 4: Someone commented that getting hit in the legs like this would probably kill the farmer. What do you think? Is a small boar really that dangerous?
Panel 5: This is easilly the best-drawn part of this page. It is another one of the frames that I added years later.
-Lou Graziani 3-08-05
OK, I have finally been able to update the website and upload pages three through six. The way my code is set up, the newest page is always the one that you see first. A few people seemed to miss the links to the other pages. You can hit the “Previous” link above, or you can click on a page in the “Page Index” which I just added too.
-Lou Graziani 3-11-05
Panel 1: Cy-Boar is finally assembled. Posting these pages at just a few a week sure drags out this story. Looking back (I drew this years ago) the nurse on this page doesn’t seem very bothered to be talking to a freaky mutant. Maybe she does this all the time?
Panel 2: The training begins. Any heroic character needs a training montage, I guess. The scientists shown here are all throw-away characters except the guy at the bottom left of this page. That is “Dr. Hudenpol”. He was also on page 5. He will show up again in issue 1.5 and issue 4.
-Lou Graziani 3-10-05
Panel 1: More training. Not only is this pig on a strict work out schedule, but he also is being taught all kinds of military stuff. Also, this panel reveals that there are a BUNCH of these animals being trained. Cy-Boar is not some one-of-a-kind super weapon. He is just one of many test subjects that were created in this program.
Panel 2 – 4: These panels finally end the voice over montage and get to the actual story. Every character needs an origin, and that is Cy-Boars. Whether you think it’s great or bland, I’m glad to have these pages out of the way so I can go on to the rest of the story.
I’ve added a few more voting links on the right. These “VOTE” links are all directories which rank Cy-Boar among a bunch of other comics that people post on the web. Whether or not you want to vote for this comic, I suggest you click on some of those links and check out some of the other cool comics out there.
-Lou Graziani 3-16-05
Although all of this Anthromorphic/Mutant animal stuff has been around for years, it may be closer to reality than ever.
Check out this article on the National Geographic site: Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy
If you’re not inclined to read scientific articles, then at least read this quote “Weissman has already created mice with brains that are about one percent human….”
So, although this Cy-Boar comic is far fetched, it is now possible for unscrupulous researchers to start trying to make creatures like this. Although such creations would be “sins against nature” and all that, I’d want to see them…
-Lou Graziani 3-17-05
Panel 2: Notice the General in this shot? That is General Trevor. I know his reference to “Commies” seems out of date… I could have changed it to “terrorists” to make it more up to date, but I figured that the original dialogue would sort of put this comic in its late 1980s context.
Panels 3, 4 ,5: This guard is one of many in this story. I always think it’s funny that I drew these guards as such wimps. Sure, they probably need to be weaker than our “hero”. But… do they really need to look like twelve year olds in helmets? Can’t the military get anyone better for this job?
-Lou Graziani 3-22-05
Panel 5-7: Cy-Boar creates a weapon. You would think that I would have drawn something more impressive looking. I guess I thought this design was very cool, at the time…
The site design is finally close to done. If you have already looked aroudn at my various sections, look again! There is a good chance I’ve added new content. One example, the “Dramatis Personae” section now showcases 4 characters. More to be added soon…
-Lou Graziani 3-23-05
That general from the page ten shows up again. Obviously whatever he is doing to these animals is not approved by the politicials. Talking, cyborg animals are not something that the President would want to have to explain to his constituents… You know that the religious types in the “Red States” would never support this kind of research.
I’ve added a bunch of links to the site. You can either look on our links page, or on the right of this page.
Cy-Boar now is crosslinking with several webcomic sites:
Island Blues — A photo comic featuring stuffed animals and toys. This comic updates almost every day. I don’t know how Derek does it!
Scraps, Napkins & Placemats — A strange sqiggly comic about some sort of squirrel.
Dominion – A comic for “Mature readers” with great art featuring tough guys, guns, blood & swearing.
Special thanks to these guys!
Below those, are also links to a bunch of other comics that I enjoy.
-Lou Graziani 3-24-05
Some mutant fighting action here… These snakes look like they might have been tough foes, but apparently, not for Cy-Boar. Why do they use puny little knives rather than just biting him?? Looking back to when I drew this page, I can image that I’d done this scene differently. If I’d shown Cy-Boar being bitten by a venomous snake, it might have been more interesting. (Then he’d have to track down an antidote or something)
He also uses his “Fission Rifle” for the first time on this page. It will incinerate the flesh off of lots of other chumps as the story progresses.
I’ve added another voting link to the site. On the right of this page you can now vote for Cy-Boar on “KillBoredom.com“.
Also, one of the top webcomic sites now has a listing for Cy-Boar:OnlineComics.net. Online comics is not a voting site like the others. If you want to support Cy-Boar on that site, you just have to bookmark this site to yoru favorites list. (ANd you only have to do it once, unlike these other sites that need you to keep clicking back.)
Cy-Boar now is crosslinking with another webcomic sites:
Sarah Zer0 — Sarah is a secret agent who is always involved in some danger or other. The art on this site is great. Very unique. I think Stef uses colored pencils. That would take me forever!
Special thanks to these sites!
-Lou Graziani 3-31-05
P.S. There will be another update to this site on FRIDAY! (4-1-05) So come back tomorrow and see Cy whoop on a couple of guards…