Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Once again my scribblings have returned to imagining Ignatius Riley, the "hero" of John Kennedy Toole's comic novel A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES.

Gainfully employed, by the Paradise Dogs hot dog company.

Brandishing his stage prop sword.

Outside THE NIGHT OF JOY BAR, the nexus of madness.

Our boy contemplates the whims of Fortuna in his Big Chief writing pad.


Andy J. Latham said...

Haha fantastic sketched Will! Love the first one particularly. He looks a bit like I feel at work most of the time!

Pete Emslie said...

Hi Will,

I wasn't familiar at all with "A Confederacy of Dunces", so I did a bit of research on Google. It sounds like Ignatius Riley is a very colourful, eccentric character who just cries out to be animated. Sort of a Mr. J. Thaddeus Toad in human form! Isn't it a shame that today's studios probably wouldn't even want to base a film on such a whimsical and comic character as this in the lead role? Instead they keep on churning out the same plot of some character wishing for a better life while remaining true to him/herself.

Will Finn said...

Thanks Andy and Pete. It's a book I've read several times and it never fails to make me laugh helplessly.

I've always thought it would make a great cartoon, but it isn't for kids, that's for sure. The live action movie rights have been kicking around for decades but it is hard to imagine a living actor playing such a larger than life character. The closest thing I've ever seen is Victor Buono in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? HIs mother in the movie is quite a bit like Ignatius' mom in the book too.

Rock Band said...

Will, Mike Gillett here, you turned me on to "A Confederacy of Dunces" many a year ago. I loved it then... have re-read my dog-eared copy multiple times... and love it more each time. I have always felt that only a "Will Finn Production" would do it justice. Thanks for the glimpse of what it would be like. If I could beg and cajole, I'd like to see some of the other characters... "the Minx" and Miss Trixie especially... before my valve slams shut!

Larry Levine said...

Hi Will, Great drawings!!!

Whit said...

It's a good thing that book has never been butchered by Hollywood. Just look at what Bruce Willis did to Vonnegut.

Weirdo said...

I didn't like Ignatius when I read the book. I felt he was more of an annoyance than anything. I felt sorry for his mother. Great drawings. "A Confederacy of Dunces" would make an awesome animated film.

Will Finn said...

Whit, your analogy to BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS is one I have thought of myself, many times. Like CONFEDERACY, the experience of BREAKFAST is one of pure prose--the "action" doesn't lend itself to cinema at all. i never bothered to see that film, but Vonnegut was one of the first contemporary authors i ever read. loved him.

Weirdo, i found the novelty of a repulsive main character completely irresistible. Kind of like Don Quixote but more insane. Some people think it may be based on the author himself, which is possible, but it seems Ignatius is so flagrantly lacking in honest introspect, how could it be? I guess we'll never know.