Ferdinand and the Vortex

After getting all wound up on the phone one day, I had a vision that gave me some insight into the shape and nature of the universe, and I wrote poem about it, called “The Song of the Vortex”, which you can read here.

At first I thought it was going to be a comic, and these are the strips I made . The comic started to veer off in a different direction, which I kind of liked, so I decided to preserve my core conception of the Vortex in verse, and let the comic do its own thing. I actually wrote a whole lot more of these strips, but I guess I got distracted by something shiny and never drew them all. Here are the 36 I did draw. File under,: projects I would love to expand on one day.

Ferdinand is a character who has been with me since I was in high school. Maybe someday I’ll show you some of that early work of mine, but you are not ready yet,

I think, like a cell, my story splits here. One half is the one about the vortex, and my poem “Song of the Vortex” continues that story. I think, though, that I want to make more comics about dogs and ducks… and exploding kitties. Poor Monty. xxx

The astute amongst you might have noticed that Dr. Pill looks a lot like Sgt. Snapper from “Where’s the Mermaid?“. That is no coincidence. Where’s the Mermaid? was the project I worked on after this, and he just had to be in there keeping an eye on everybody… the Mer-World version of him, anyway 😉

Sgt. Snapperr
“Where’s the Mermaid?”
by Chuck Whelon
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About the author

I am an internationally published author and cartoonist. I am the creator, artist and writer of "Pewfell", a semi-autobiographical, epic fantasy sit-com that began it’s life on the interweb back in the early 2000’s.

I have created a large number of children's puzzle and activity books for various publishers, I also designed and illustrated the comic boardgame "Legitimacy" published by Minion Games, and have illustrated a number of other boardgames for Minion.

I am also known as the cartoonist for Goodman Game's 'Dungeon Crawl Classics' Role Playing Game. I am also the author of a puzzle book for kids called 'Wizard Pickles'--if you would like to publish it, let me know!

In my previous life, Chuck worked as an art director in the advertising world but I promises that I won’t do it again.

I was born and raised near the Basingstoke roundabout, but now live in San Francisco, CA.