Childhood comics: THE HEADS

James / June 12th, 2011

I was probably about age 9 or 10 when I drew this abomination. It used to be a regular series. When I was waiting for the school bus every morning, I’d bring chalk to the bus stop. I drew these weird heads on the sidewalk. The other kids in the neighborhood thought it was funny, so I kept drawing them every morning.

Then, I continued the tradition in the classroom, on the chalkboard. I think the first time, I got in trouble, but eventually the teacher let me draw them up there during lunch time. They’d remain on the chalkboard until the teacher needed to wipe it clean. The following day, I would continue the story: about evil floating heads and warriors who had to fight against them. It started to get too violent and the teacher got worried, so it came to a stop.

“The Heads” series had to go underground, on paper, and that’s how some of these survived. I always wanted to make a movie about the killer Heads, but the only thing that came to fruition was The Head Incident. Maybe the sequel would have been The Heads. (like Alien and AlienS)

Comments

  • June 12, 2011 at 9:36 am

    lol wow

  • oomdb

    June 12, 2011 at 9:50 am

    mmhm….

  • Shcha

    June 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Quite bizarre, but in a positive way

  • June 12, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I think my favorite is the one with the car, simply because you took an ultra boring coloring page and decided to make something awesome out of it.

  • TehJedicake

    June 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Hahaha that’s awesome

  • Iron Tiger

    June 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    “Try an uppercut”
    “Okay”
    *Hits himself

    WTF LOL

  • Morris

    June 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    THEY ATE ALL THE FOOD!!! ARGH!!!

    What? …Food is important.

  • Actraiser

    June 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    reminds me of madballs

  • joliet_jane

    June 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    James, James, James… X-D

  • AikoujOi

    June 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    XD this is more funny and less creepy when you compare it to a similar story called the Hanging Balloons by Junji Ito lol

  • TomM

    June 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    That car is freaking amazing for a kid to draw. Hell, plenty of adults couldn’t even draw that. By the way, what is your middle name? Now I want to know since I saw your middle initial!

  • wiimanify

    June 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    these are nice

  • Shcha

    June 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    @TomM – the car is from a drawing book

    And his middle name is Duncan (i think)

  • RetroGamerK91

    June 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    So simple and bizarre, but very funny! I can imagine this being something out of a cheesy 80s flick, a good cheesy 80s flick. I cracked up real good while looking at some of these.

  • June 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Adult Swim material. Just sayin’.

  • June 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    haha wow I just started laughing out loud, here in the middle of the night (it’s 1:34 am here) This is so much fun! You were so creative when you were a kid James, I’m really glad that you get to keep doing creative things, with Cinemassacre and all.

  • Jigglysaint

    June 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I got to admit that I am kind of jealous that somebody at that age could make stuff that people think is funny, when the stuff I came up with that the same age was just me withdrawing into a fantasy world because I was unable to cope with reality. I guess the difference between an artist and a crazy kid is that the crazy kid couldn’t draw the stuff he saw in his head.

  • scronan

    June 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Man, your parents must have had a ball raising you. :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  • cgholds

    June 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    wtf?

  • June 13, 2011 at 5:33 am

    This made me remember about my first comic characters (like 12 years ago). It was about monster headhunters. It was somehow violent and has that kind of weird humor, But it was too weird, so the most of the people didn’t understand that absurd sense of humor, lol. They became more understandable with the time until i gave up like 8 years ago and started with other proyects. (it can actually be compared with “Fairly odd parents” sense of humour).

  • June 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

    And Alienses.
    And Genesises.

  • June 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

    “The graveyard was great. People were dying to get in.”

    Hahahaha!

  • DrZaius

    June 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

    WTF, why did he kick himself!?

  • gradual

    June 13, 2011 at 10:16 am

    crazy to see how much old stuff you still have from your childhood.
    when i was a kid i drew alot of comics as well… but i mean, i was a kid.
    nothing unusual that those pieces of paper landed in the trashcan sooner or later. getting destroyed or overdrawn.

  • June 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    omg these are just like comics i used to make as a kid XD

  • June 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Its REALLY Hard 2 read

  • Druza

    June 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Wait a minute… THATS NOT A PIZZA BOY!

  • Freaknut

    June 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Why is their preferred method on entering a house through the bedroom window? :) When they finally created a costume it reminded me of when Michelangelo wore that white-guy mask when he was delivering pizzas for The Shredder. I wonder if that’s where the inspiration came from…

    The only part I can’t read is the bottom left of the first page. “The graveyard was something something something.”

    “STOP EATING MY BED LEG!!” XD …Classic.

  • Azdrerios Entertainment

    June 14, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Heh, I’d be lying if I said the “kick n’ uppercut” segment didn’t bring a smile to my face.

  • Unluckiest7

    June 14, 2011 at 4:49 am

    @Freaknut
    I can clarify the graveyard bit. It’s a pun so bad that it’s great XD
    “The graveyard was great. People were dying to get in.”
    I have to admit that the “Bed Leg Bit” got a chuckle or two outta me.

  • Graph

    June 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Wow :P That’s a pretty messed up comic James lol. Maybe I should show you mine … how about Star Trek The Next Generation with Animals instead?

  • SamIAm

    June 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    This looks like a great thing to read when you’re high.

  • viJilance

    June 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    what does the D in “James D. Rolfe” stand for?

  • AikoujOi

    June 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Duncan, it stands for Duncan

  • leon

    June 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    This is so EVIL DEAD!! It’s great! =)

  • Steelebourne

    June 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I wonder what’s in the pizza box…..

  • June 16, 2011 at 4:45 am

    i use to do the same thing, but my characters were a bunch of triangle people who got into tons of horrific accidents. i even had other comics i drew in manila school books, one was called “baseball man and jack” which were superheroes an villains in the shape of sports balls. i use to draw a lot of comics in my youth, wish i had the drive to do it again. (fuken job)

  • Caneghem

    June 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    In the picture in the car, the face the guy is making is totally one of the AVGN’s shocked and disgusted faces!!

  • Adamkovac

    June 16, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Brilliant!!!
    As master Yoda said “Truely beautiful a mind of a child is”

  • June 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Why are you hitting yourself???

  • eightytwo

    June 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    James,

    As someone who drew a lot of silly comics much like the ones you’ve shared, I have to say, your concepts, illustrations and dialogue for your age at the time impresses me still. I remember being envious of the comics some of my more scholarly (but humorous) friends used to come up with. Your comics take me back to the days, when it was so simple and satisfying to find amusement from drawing silly little comics with your friends. I wish I saved mine but I threw them away like some kind of asshole. Clearly you were a brilliant child with a vision for creative projects and an acute sense of humor. May the stars continue to bless you, your lovely memories of old and to be, and the wonderful people you spend your time with. I cherish your comics and your comics cherish us all. Thank you.

    Love,
    The Cosmos

  • Osubosu

    June 19, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Where the hell is head’s all viscera you know they r just head’s they got only brains and well that’s it.

  • June 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I remember me and my brother use to make comics like this one with many psychedelic characters.Awesome dude.

  • x1PMac1x

    June 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    HAHAHA! No wonder the other kids liked it. The foot to the head and self-uppercut were hilarious. XD

  • Cherabreena

    June 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I think it would be fun to spend one day inside Jame’s mind.

  • July 1, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    LOL Nice James
    ah memories

    I remember making bloody stick figure comics at the age of 13 or 14 and IDK where they went XD

  • fridelain

    March 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I drew one about a guy whose doctor tells him he is low on iron. So he eat his keys, and can’t get into his car or his house. So he breaks in his own house, a policeman sees him and takes him to jail.

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