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Match to Flame 61

posted on December 20, 2017

Insecurity once again prompted me to float the idea for a new comic strip past the syndicate mavens, this time with the artistic help of another artist friend Gerry Shamray. Gerry, who would eventually take over as the artist on John Darling, provided the visuals for a single-panel strip called Boomers. It was a bit of a departure because it was an attempt to write from a more adult perspective with a more sophisticated adult look to the art. We thought that this approach was what was missing from the newspaper comics page, and, when we sent it out to the various newspaper syndicates, they told us they agreed. They also told us that it was going to stay that way. So Boomers, along with Orbit and Rusty, [Read all about ’em in The Complete Funky Winkerbean, Volume 3, 1978–1980.] went into the cartoon drawer of nice tries.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Four


John Darling – Take 93

posted on December 18, 2017

Match to Flame – 60

posted on December 15, 2017

As I mentioned way back in Vol. 3, cartoonists tend to be somewhat of an insecure lot, so in an attempt to cover all the bases I took the air guitar idea one step further and wrote a small cartoon book “The Complete Air Guitar Handbook,” which a former Akron U student of mine, Pat Sandy, ably illustrated. Turns out it was such a good idea that someone beat us to the publishing punch with a similar book. No problem; I simply cannibalized my book for Crazy Harry’s Air Guitar Guide and ran it in the strip. Which just goes to show, I guess, that insecurity can come in handy.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Four