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Unfortunately for me, the ANtics don't just up and write themselves... which means every once in a while, one of my half-baked ideas turns out to be just that... half-baked. Usually I catch myself before getting all the way through a strip, but sometimes, they're all written up before I realize it's a creative disaster.
BaseballGirl uncovered one of these "Extra" comics around Zito's Zen Routine last week and posted it to a DLD. In the interest of fairness, I've included it here as well.
On another occasion, I had written up a comic that examined the A's behavior during a losing streak. It wasn't a good time during the 2005 season, and wasn't much positive to cover.
Yet, on the day the ANtics were set to publish, Chavez banged out 2 home runs, and the A's won in a 12-3 romp. That meant the comic wouldn't have made any sense, and so it was quickly scrapped, never to find a good date for publication.
(I made the Chavez comic during the game after he had already hit 2 homers, and finished it as the teams were walking off the field - phew!)
So, the one below is a "never before seen" draft that is now being unearthed in an exclusive here. With Rincon gone now, this is likely his first and only ANtics appearance...
See - I told you they weren't any good, but I thought we'd share due to the fact the ANtics are as much yours as they are mine, and I thought maybe someone would enjoy the Director's Cut DVD without being forced to purchase the box set.
More ANtics are coming through 2006 - if you have good pictures or ideas for comics, send them at any time.