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Cover Me 16

posted on May 5, 2018

It was hard to overlook this cover on the stands.

Jerry’s in the Studio

posted on May 4, 2018

Talks and signing events are always fun, but sometimes they’re off-the-charts beyond that. Case in point, this past weekend’s Northeast Writer’s Showcase where a member of the Siegel and Schuster Society presented me with a brick from Jerry Siegel’s Kimberly Avenue home. If that’s not the coolest thing in the world, I’d like to know what is and why. It’s one of the chimney bricks that was removed when the home was renovated by the Glenville Development Corporation and the S&SS in 2008. I had visited the Home some time prior to that and, while I was there, I made sure to walk into every bedroom so that I was sure to have stood in the bedroom where, on a hot summer night, a young Jerry Siegel began to imagine cracks appearing on a planet far far away (yeah, I know I copped that gem of a line from Brad Ricca’s masterful book Super Boys – you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy and read it for yourself – then the next time you see Brad you can tell him, like I always do, what a stroke of genius that line is).

Anyway, as you can see from the photo, the brick now holds pride of place on the table next to my drawing board so I will never be very far away from it.

 

Match to Flame 72

posted on May 2, 2018

As 1983 comes to a close, change is in the air. Field Newspaper Syndicate, the owner and syndicator of Funky and John Darling, is in the process of being sold as potential buyers are courted. And as the year winds down in the strip, Ann and Fred become engaged and the stage is being set for what is to come. I’m striving for something a bit out of my range as I set about the deliberate process of dismantling my reputation as a polished punster. Frozen pizzas, living in lockers, and thinking scapegoats along with other elements of the surreal are about to give way to an exploration of no less adventurous earthbound concerns: love, hope, loss, and the onset of age. I was about to pull off the freeway and begin the search for my adult voice.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Four

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