Rodney Johnson, Private Dick! A post a day – Day 07 – Last day!

"Down Low Fuck" Part 01 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

Well folks, it’s been another fabulous 7 days of posting fun, and now, I’m spent!  LOL!

Tonight, in honor of Black History month, I’d like to share a series of 10 illustrations that I created for Black Inches magazine back in 2007 and 2008. There were 2 5-part serials, “Down Low Fuck” and “The Grid-Iron Grind” that were written by Joss Von Aiken and followed the adventures of RODNEY JOHNSON, Private Dick.

They were a HUGE success with readers of the magazine.  These stories were beautifully written, very sexy and really engaging because they were serialized over 10 issues.  They had a fun mythology of characters and by the end of it, you were really involved in Rodeny’s exploits, and quite attached to him as a character.

"Down Low Fuck" Part 02 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

"Down Low Fuck" Part 03 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

"Down Low Fuck" Part 04 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

"Down Low Fuck" Part 05 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

When it came time to create illustrations for the stories, I suggested to my editor that I should design them as old style pulp fiction books. And here are the results.  The deadlines for these were monstrous, and I confess, in the end I ran out of time and shamelessly wound up re-working exiting art and adapting it for these faux book covers.  You might recognize some poses from Zahn #1 in particular!  LOL!  Ah, life as an artist under the gun!

"The Grid-Iron Grind" Part 01 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

"The Grid-Iron Grind" Part 02 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

"The Grid-Iron Grind" Part 03 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

"The Grid-Iron Grind" Part 04 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

"The Grid-Iron Grind" Part 05 illustration by Patrick Fillion. Created for Black Inches Magazine.

Even though I’m not necessarily crazy with the final result of every single piece, looking back on them I can’t help but miss Black Inches magazine and all the years of fun I had working for them.

A few years later, a very talented artist/colorist  named GOJIRA beautifully colored the first illustration of “Down Low Fuck”, which remains my favorite in the entire series of 10… but I have to say, his version blows mine completely out of the water. It’s so moody and lush — a perfect tone and mood for the intrepid and always horny Rodney Johnson. You can see more of Gojira’s wonderful work right here!

"Down Low Fuck" Part 01 illustration. Art by Patrick Fillion, colors by Gojira.

Happy Black History to all of you!  Thanks so much for following my posting blitz this past week.  It’s been really great reading your comments and sharing this stuff with you.  I’ve got more goodies coming up, so stay tooned!

BIG BIG Hugz + kisses, Patrick XOXOX

All illustrations © Copyright, Patrick Fillion. All rights reserved.


Comments

  1. These are some the sexiest men you have created. They are amazing. If you ever make a comic series with these characters, I would definitely buy them in a heart beat. Thanks for sharing them!

  2. I agree…these are some of ur sexiest. Black is always Beautiful, u need more ethnic characters. But anyways, speaking of ethnic. Space Cadet 1. HATED it, because you didn’t draw it. I seriously feel like, before u start on Space Cadet 2, u need to redo Space Cadet 1 with ur own drawing, instead of that Bob guy or whatever his name was. Unacceptable.

  3. Hiya Cam…

    Thanks so much for your awesome comment. I greatly appreciated your kind words about my work, and I am so glad you took the time to share your opinions regarding Space Cadet #1. I am very sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the book. I don’t think Bob did a bad job at all, but I am in fact going to draw issue #2 myself. Seems the fans demand it and I am happy to oblige because as we all know, I LOVE SPACE CADET! :D. As for Space Cadet #1, though I won’t be redrawing the issue, I do plan to do a small recap in issue #2 that will depict the key events of the first book my way.

    Thanks again for stopping by.
    Hugz + kisses,
    Patrick XOXOX

  4. Hello Jonathan…

    A very sweet comment indeed! Thanks so much for taking the time to write and to say all those really nice things! It’s all greatly appreciated!

    Hugz + kisses,
    Patrick XOXOX

  5. HOT! I HATE admitting that I can get hard from a DAMN cartoon, but the truth is the truth. WOW!
    Where are the publications available?

  6. Hello Patrick,

    I am Brazilian, I live in Rio de Janeiro and I am always researching new products to post on my blog that has the public interest as black. I was fascinated by the journals or their covers. I would like to know where can I buy magazines fascinating. Follow my email and contact link on my blog.

    Thank you. From already thank you. It’s always good to make new contacts and friends.

    Crioulo Brazil

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