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Genreville Map by Huwman Genreville Map by Huwman
This "fun map" represents the world in which my comic series, which is in (slow) progress, takes place. I couldn't decide which genre I wanted to focus on so I came up with this city, called "Genreville", made up of all the comic book and "B" movie types I love, each represented by different neighbourhoods.

I was worried about posting this since I suppose it could open the ideas up to theft. On the other hand, posting on DA represents irrefutable proof that these were my ideas and that I posted them on this date so it might actually help preserve my copyright if a dispute ever arose.

Drawing this thing nearly finished me with all the fudged perspective and minute details (to give an idea of the actual scale: the astronaut on the bench easily fits within a dime). I think I've developed a nervous twitch from doing it but I'm hoping now that the rest of the comic will seem easier by comparison.

All drawn by hand with brush and small markers.

The story takes place on sort of a search through all the different neighbourhoods (and thereby through their respective genres). I'm hopeful this will keep the story fresh and interesting as it progresses.

In case it's not obvious, we have:

"YOKEL HOLLER" : Hillbilly heaven. Think Li'l Abner and/or Beverly Hillbillies-type characters and situations.

"BIG BOROUGH" : Your basic giant monster area. King Kong, Godzilla, giant people and so on. I'm not showing any of the copyrighted ones so I don't get sued!

"SCI-FI BURG" : Think the E.C. books like "Weird Science" as well as old science fiction movies too numerous to mention.

"HORROR HEIGHTS": Gothic horror, monsters, zombies, etc. the border between it and 'SCI-FI BURG" can be blurry in places, for obvious reasons.

"JUNGLE PARK" : Tarzan/Sheena style jungle adventure as an excuse to show scantily clad babes.

"VARMINT GULCH" : Cowboys and westerns. Unfortunately for fans of this stuff, this may be the one area the story bypasses this time. I thought I should have it though, in case of sequels.

"BUCCANEER BAY" : Pirate shenanigans. What more can I say? ARRRRRRR!!!

"TEENLAND" : Think "Teenage Dope Fiends and Reform School Girls", beatkniks, bikers, hotrods, and suchlike.

"NOIR STRIP" : Here's where you'd find Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and others of that genre. It's here that the story starts with a visit to my own detective hero whom you'll meet once the first issue is available.

"CAPETOWN" : Flying, and/or superpowered beings of all types. Leotard stores make a killing in this neighbourhood!

"HAPPY PLACE" : "Funny animal" and "bigfoot" style cartoon creatures. If you stay here too long it starts to seep into your pores and the laws of physics change to their cartoon versions - look out for that steamroller!

Anyhow, I'm going to try to get this first issue out this year. In the meantime, enjoy this teaser. I am never drawing anything this complex again!

ALL CONTENT, CONCEPTS, NAMES, ETC. ARE COPYRIGHT HUW EVANS 2010. NO PERMISSION GIVEN.
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:icongraphitiks:
graphitiks Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
Can you do a cartoon map for us? Send me email so I can send you a sample. I could not attach it here.
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional
Hi Jose, if I may call you by your first name. Thanks for contacting me! I am very, very swamped right now but I hope I can fit that in. I will send you an email right away. Thanks again!
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MiniDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I could, I'd probably live in Happy Place and hang out in Horror Heights and Sci-Fi Burg.
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional
It would be cool, wouldn't it? Thanks for your comment!
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:iconcartoonjoe2011:
cartoonjoe2011 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"Yokel Holler", "Varmint Gulch"...those names just kill me!!
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional
Ha, ha. Pretty cheesy names but fun. Thanks for faving!
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plogg Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
The first thing I'm going to do when I get to Genreville is hit the bar, then go to Horror Heights. Later, if I'm still alive, I'll go back to the bar and then it's off to Jungle Park where, hopefully, there'll be some jungle girls. Then it's back to the bar, after which I'll stagger off to Sci-Fi Burg (for a sci-fi burger -- with cheese), and then it's bark to the back for s'more rum, then off to Beercanuck Bay to vizzit some pirits and drinsummorerum and pzzthbnzl....
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional
Man, I'm glad you didn't make it to the moonshine in Yokel Holler; that's the REALLY strong stuff (not to mention the reefer those darn teenagers smoke)!

It would be a fun place, wouldn't it? Thanks for the fave!
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TimTheScarecrow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
this is awesome man. Myy favorite would be the buccaneer bay area
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional
Hey, man. Good to hear from you. Yep, pirates are hard to beat. AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR!
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TimTheScarecrow Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
yea only got internet on my phone right now. Moneys pretty hard to come by these days it seems. I cant upload any new pics yet but i can still check yours out. Im more of a sky pirate guy myself. :P
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:iconejjs:
EJJS Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Love that Signature!

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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Professional
Thank you, sir!
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:iconvallianteffort:
ValliantEffort Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Whoa! This is great!! Very well done balance, contrast, details, and linework throughout. Great work Huw! I'm in awe!! :D
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
I really appreciate that! It did nearly finish me off but I think it was necessary to the story. Thanks again. I hope you're finding some time to draw too.
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Seothen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't responded yet but it's 'cause I'm soaking it in - this really has something special here, on both an artistic and commercial level. Ya gotta run with it - and just 'cause I'm in that mode, video game-wise, you have a real potential winner here.
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
Thanks a lot, man! I hope my story does it justice and most of all that I actually find time to get it done before the new year!
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:iconseothen:
Seothen Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, I'm feeling the same way about my game... O_o...

Nah - and good look getting it done sooner rather than later, the idea's got legs, no doubt about it.
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Black-Locust Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
"YOKEL HOLLER" : Hillbilly heaven?
That's offensive, what about, coon town? Just as bad, not funny, respect the people.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional
This is a put-on, right? I mean, you're not seriously equating referring to a rustic place as "Hillbilly Heaven" with racial slurs such as calling blacks "coons", are you?!

I'm assuming you're kidding but, just in case you're not, let me state for the record that I spent my childhood (usually barefoot) in a shack my Dad built by a lake in a valley surrounded by rolling hills. We had no bath or shower, no indoor toilet or running water (for drinking or otherwise). We did however have a wood-burning stove and a coal furnace. In addition to eggs from our chickens and the produce from our garden, we ate rabbits we snared, birds we shot and fish we caught and I have actually dined upon roadkill on occasion (when we knew it was fresh).

I've since moved to the city but "Hillbilly Heaven" is how I still refer to the place I grew up (and where my mother and sister still live) and I will proudly consider myself to be a Hillbilly until the day I die . . . just in case you weren't joking . . . but I think you must have been . . . at least I hope so!
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ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow! That's two things I've always had a hard time with: perspective and landscapes. Very cool, Huw! Keep us posted on when we can get the first issue!
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional
Well, thanks, man, but don't look too hard at the perspective on this thing - it's seriously fudged!
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:iconatlbladerunner:
ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
You and I are fortunate to have cartoony styles so that we can fudge our perspective! That's one of the main reasons I abandoned the idea of "superhero" type comic book work early in my career, I could never do all that city perspective, it'd drive me crazy! Although I guess I could have done stuff like the guy who did the first run on the new Dark Tower comics: Fill every illustration with moody fog and mist and just eliminate any backgrounds at all! Problem solved!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
I hear you. Drawing some of those cityscapes would just drive me nuts, although I think some of the inking programs that people use now, such as Manga Studios, makes that kind of thing a lot easier. I kind of grew out of the superhero thing anyway - which is surprising since I hardly ever grow out of anything!

I guess my ideal would always be Eisner who drew beautiful, accurate backgrounds - or at least ones that SEEMED accurate to me - yet maintained that loose, fun "cartoony" feel. Anyhow, glad you like the piece since some people aren't so thrilled (see below). This wouldn't be you pulling a gag from a "sockpuppet" account would it? If not, I hope my undeniable Hillbilly credentials appease him!
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ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I kinda grew outta the superhero books myself. Nowadays I tend to stick to BPRD, Hellblazer, the Goon and Hellboy, maybe a little Dave Cooper or Jim Woodring here and there. Eisner certainly was one of the greats as far as merging the gritty with the cartoony. I can't believe that other comment, certainly hope he's kidding as well, but if not I think you've proved you have the right to call yourself a hillbilly. Hell, I call myself a hillbilly sometimes and I grew up with central air! ;)
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APBarr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice. its like a more organized version of the "world" my friends and I were building for the comics we were doing in college. It was called "the Martial World" since most of what we were doing had a Kung Fu bent to it.
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional
Dang! That's one genre I missed!
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:iconapbarr:
APBarr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
well... back to work then ;)
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional
Yep. I guess I'd better redraw the map . . . Nooooo!

I can't remember if I actually considered kung-fu/martial arts as a genre when I started planning everything but I guess it's a bit more modern than most these genres I'm using so I'll use that as an excuse!
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Johnny-Sputnik Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent idea dude :)
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional
Thanks for the fave!
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Johnny-Sputnik Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
np :D
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DC-Tiki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know what you mean about being scared of ideas being stolen Huwman. For a while I've been wondering just how much to give away about my Danger Cat project and what to keep to myself for now and I ultimately decided making a map like this of the island nation my characters reside on would be simply too hard for me to do so well done!! I applaud you on your map, not just the ideas brimming over the sides within it but also the sheer complexity and attention to detail that resides within all that line work. I know exactly where you're coming from with all this and I look forward to seeing what kinds of adventures and mysteries will take place in this world you've created, all the best.
P.S: By the hints you've given at the storyline you have in mind this sounds like it would make for an awesome adventure video game too! Oh the possibilities!
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
I'm hoping Spielberg directs the movie version ;)

Highly unlikely but thanks for all the great comments and the fave. I'm looking forward to seeing your project too!
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DC-Tiki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw yeah, that! Well if I ever stop procrastinating then yeah! 13 years I've been tinkering with my tropical noir idea for that darn cat! Haha.
Well, provided Steven doesn't mind post-poning the Danger Cat movie adaptation whilst making Genreville: The Film first I don't mind you borrowing him. Hehe.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
Thirteen years?! Now you're scaring me. I've been working on this for a couple now anyway but I've got to get something done or it'll drive me nuts (well, "more nuts", I guess). I don't want to be like Axl Rose with "Chinese Democracy"!
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DC-Tiki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yep. But don't be scared I got more than a bit sidetracked by my career (which isn't actually in illustration) but yeah, I've got nearly 13 years of story development lined up for DCat and ready to go. Just want my artistic skills to improve to a level I'm more comfortable with before I really kick it into gear. However at the rate I'm going it's all probably gonna have to wait until my retirement many years from now before I can actually sit down and focus on the project the way I'd like to. For now though I'm happy to just produce the odd artwork in my downtime that just sort of hints at what I've come up with overall.
Seeing artists like you who sit down and start dedicating their time to things like this certainly inspires me to follow suit and try and figure out how to make time for my own personal projects.
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Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
Hey, I just realized I'm not watching you, although I thought I was! It's because of seeing stuff in Groups, I think. Anyhow, I fixed that.
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DC-Tiki Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I was under the same impression with your own gallery - a slight downside to the Groups thing I guess. Never mind, it's all been remedied now! Haha.
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DumpsterKid Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome job, man. this looks fuckin amazing!
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
Thanks for saying that and thanks for the fave too!
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:icondumpsterkid:
DumpsterKid Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yep. not a problem.
=D
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Dave-Acosta Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
Ha, ha. Thanks.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
HA!!! That is a BRILLIANT concept. When you live and work in Genreville you can make any kind of story you want! Stroke of genius there, dude!
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
Thanks, man. I think maybe it was more like a stroke of "can't-decide-what-he-wants-to-do" though!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
HA! "I can't decide what to do so I'll do it all!" I like that approach.
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Calliope-Kid Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Wow! Fab detail! I can't wait for this to come out. One of my favourite genres is "animals gone wrong" so I'm very happy to see you've included giant monkeys.
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:iconhuwman:
Huwman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Professional
Sad to say but he (she?) is really only on the map but doesn't figure into the story, at least not this time. There will be some shenanigans with animals but not the giant ape - sorry!
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Calliope-Kid Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Beatniks, pirates, and animal shenanigans - it sounds all good to me!
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