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John Darling – Take 17

posted on March 3, 2016

John Darling - Take 17

Here’s a pretty useless historical fact: growing up, I lived across the street from the Pine Brook Golf Course. Why I even bothered to change the name in the strip is totally beyond me.

Match to Flame 17

posted on March 2, 2016

Match Freckles Strip

From the beginning, Flash stressed the importance of having just a few main characters with distinguishing traits and appearances. He pointed out the strong characters in strips like Peanuts and Freckles and his Friends. Looking back, I’m sure this is why I did things like have the band director always appear in uniform. With his earnestness and genuine interest in my work, Flash made quite an impression on me. In fact, a note he sent reminding me of these points remained taped to my drawing board for a number of years. Eventually it disappeared, and shortly thereafter I began breaking most of Flash’s rules, but at the time it was advice that I needed to hear, and it helped me build a solid foundation for the work. Feeling that my writing style would work better in a strip form, he sent me home with instructions to turn my panels into a comic strip with three or four main characters. He followed up by sending me copies of the samples I’d left graded, marked up, and broken down into strip form.

*From the introduction to The Complete Funky Winkerbean Vol. One

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