Yes, there is a Pokagon State Park. It is a very nice place for camping too, and yes, I know the name is not pronounced like Pokémon. PO-KAY-GEN not POKE-A-GON. Unless the Mid-West accent altered yet another Native American word.
Stephanie and I camped at Pokagon State Park a few weekends back and really enjoyed ourselves. I usually only camp at Michigan State Parks, so camping in Indiana was different. Good different.
The painted the color panels with my trusty palette of watercolor paint. It was a fun extra thing to do for the comic, but I’m still figuring out a better clean-up process. My main issue with the blue lead I use to draw the comic.
Normally, I just kill the color channels in Photoshop and the blue goes away. Well, the same trick doesn’t work when you are using watercolor paint (or any color paint, really). This means blue lines remaining in the colored panels. Not that I don’t do my best to erase the lines–I’m searching for a better method, as my kneaded eraser doesn’t work too well.
I could draw the colored panels in 2H lead. Hmm. Or, just color the comic in Manga Studio–which I own, and still need to learn.
Stephanie never saw a Snorlax before this comic, which was a last-minute add.
But inspiration struck, and Snorlax joined the party.
[[Daniel sits on the couch playing video games. His cats, Nigel and Rags sleep nearby. Daniel’s cellphone gets a text message. Daniel picks up the phone.]]
Phone: Bloop! Bloop!
[[A close up of the phone screen. Daniel gets a text message from Stephanie, listed as My Wiiiiife in the contact field.]]
Stephanie: Want to go camping with Dad this weekend?
Stephanie: It is at Pokemon State Park.
[[Close up of Daniel’s face as he is filled with excitement and daydreams about camping with Pokemon]]
[[Daniel in the forest on a hike with a Bulbasaur.]]
[[Daniel swimming with a Squirtle at the beach. The Squirtle shoots water into Daniel’s face, Daniel laughs.]]
[[Daniel roasts a marshmallow over the flaming tail of a Charizard.]]
[[Daniel smiles and runs alongside a Pikachu.]]
[[Daniel and Pikachu sleep alongside a sleeping Snorlax.]]
[[Back to reality. Daniel stands outside the gate of Pokagon State Park. Daniel stomps his feet and yells.]]
Daniel: *!@#$ Autocorrect!
Hovertext: I wanna be the very best (at camping),
Like no one ever was (at camping).
To catch them is my real quest (but so is camping),
To train them is my cause (see also, camping).
Daniel J. Hogan is a geeky cartoonist and writer living in Michigan. Daniel is available for freelance writing and cartooning commissions (Contact Daniel). This post contains affiliate links, unless it doesn't.