About Kid Hercules
When a mysterious meteor breaks apart in the Earth’s atmosphere, eight-year-old Landon Flanagan finds himself transformed into the super-powered Kid Hercules by one of its many orb-like fragments. But he is not the only person (or thing)!) to encounter the transformative powers of these ominous orbs from outer space. Before he knows it, Kid Hercules is caught up in a race against time to help track down all of the orbs before any more transformations take place, and to help contain the ones that have.
About The 365 Challenge
I began my 365 challenge of daily Kid Hercules drawings on April 17, 2013. While some of the drawings were also inked on the same day, the vast majority were done only as pencil drawings on the actual day and inked later. (As of this writing, I am still inking the originals and posting them online whenever I have time.) Pinterest was a HUGE help for me during this challenge, as I very quickly ran out of my own ideas for what to have Kid Hercules doing. I rarely had time to compose a scene where he was doing anything terribly interesting, and my plan to work on writing the story alongside the 365 challenge didn’t really pan out as I had intended. Since I had already done a few tribute covers (Superman, Spider-Man, Hulk), and had learned so much from doing them, I decided to start putting together a library of images to straight-up copy my characters into.
Pinterest proved to be more of a boon than I had originally thought. Because Kid Hercules has somewhat unusual anatomical proportions, I was really forced to think about how to draw him in the kind of poses I would have otherwise intuitively avoided since my original design for the character was not completely thought out. Foreshortening Kid’s arms, for example, is a fairly awkward affair given how huge his biceps and shoulders are compared to his almost stick-like forearms. I also got to learn from some of the best illustrators around, including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Michael Cho, Bruce Timm, and too many others to list here. Feel free to check out my Pinterest page to see them all.
About Illustrator Scott DuBar
Scott DuBar created Kid Hercules in 2006, while attending VCU School of the Arts. For one of his classes he was assigned three random words and asked to create a four-page comic book utilizing those words. Scott ended up with herculean, cupola, and sausage. From those humble beginnings, Kid Hercules and the Giant, Angry Monster Sausage was born. Scott was able to expand his story into a full, 28-page comic the following semester, but didn’t really do anything more with it until 2013 when he began writing new stories and started a 365 challenge. Scott’s plan is to create a 12-part series called Kid Hercules and the Ominous Orbs From Outer Space.
Like many illustrators, Scott DuBar has a great love and fondness for comic books and sequential storytelling. When he’s not working on Kid Hercules, he does freelance illustration and graphic design. Scott’s latest children’s book, Chicken Feathers, was released in September 2020 by Clear Fork Publishing. Written by author Stephanie Cameron, Chicken Feathers tells the story of Lissy, a little girl with a big love for fashion and rescuing dogs who has to face the school bully. His first children’s book, Short Pump Bump, was released by Belle Isle Books in 2017. Written by Angie Miles, Short Pump Bump features the people and places that make Richmond, Virginia loved by so many. You can see more of Scott’s work at www.scottdubar.com.