It didn't stop with the musical.
I wanted to congratulate my two favorite players, Shannon MacMillan and Tiffeny Millbrett, for their World Cup win, but I wanted to do something different.
Sure, they probably got flowers and cards and letters and such.
I wanted mine to stand out.
After much thought, I decided to do a pen and ink portrait.
But as I began to sketch ideas, I had a flash of inspiration.
Thus was born TEAM STRIKER: INTERNATIONAL LADIES OF MYSTERY the comic book.
A planned 3-issue series. Two issues scripted in two and half days. Issue one penciled, inked, lettered, and bound after two weeks of working from 7pm to 2am, playing several CDs on repeat, and mainlining cup after cup of coffee. (After working your standard 8-hour day. I think I got sleep in there somewhere...)
Both Shannon and Tiffeny (and later, Brandi Chastain) got a copy of issue one.
Issues two and three never got off the ground. Sadly.
That was late 1999.
In late 2000, fellow user on the Big Soccer message boards wondered what kind of fun and mischief team joker Julie Foudy could have with a video camera.
I promptly gave a creative reply.
Bam! Another flash of inspiration.
Out came TEAM STRIKER: THE MOVIE.
Posted to the forum in 21 installments.
Fast forward to 2003.
A chance 2003 WonderCon conversation with comic book inker Ray Snyder about TEAM STIKER the comic book yielded another flash of inspiration.
Result: TEAM STRIKER the webcomic.
Sadly, the webcomic died after six installments.*
All this in the name of fandom.
(If you're just shaking your head in utter disbelief, that's okay, too. I get that a lot from my friends.)
*The reasons for the demise of both the webcomic and the original comic can be found here.