I’ve been involved in several independent creator sketch card sets during 2011, one of which is Rusty Gilligan’s “Mac and Trouble.” Rusty has worked as an artist and a writer for other companies in the comic book industry since 1978 but decided now was the time to work on his own project.
“Mac and Trouble” is based on Rusty’s real life cats and tells the “tail” of the duo’s sci-fi adventures after they fall through a wormhole in their litter box. To help get the necessary funding to publish the comic book and help with promotion, Rusty turned to the sketch card community. Rusty enlisted over 35 artists, including sketch card veterans Beck Seasholls and Rich Molinelli, to come up with sketch cards featuring the cats. Rusty also created a 3-card promo set for the project. The full color 3-card set features the first comic appearance of Mac & Trouble, the “raw” cover to issue #1 of the comic book, and the real life cats. The backs of the cards form a puzzle that shows the duo’s misadventures from their first newspaper style comic strip. A portion of the proceeds are being donated to animal charities and one of the goals of not only the trading cards, but the comic book as well, is to raise funds and awareness for animals in need all over the world. Once in print, “The Adventures Of Mac And Trouble” will feature public service ads for various animal charities and help with animal fundraising events as well.
You can find out more about Mac & Trouble, including how to order the cards at macandtrouble.com