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Match to Flame 86

posted on October 31, 2018

Another milestone contained in this volume is the marriage of Ann Randall and Fred Fairgood. As I mentioned in the last volume, their relationship was one of my earliest attempts at a longer form narrative, and this story arc brought it to its natural conclusion. The part in the story where Fred forgets to get the marriage license was based on a real event (ahem, mine). Instead of having to have someone hack the courthouse records like Fred does, I was able to take advantage of the fact that our landlord’s husband was a judge in Elyria who had the power to waive the usual seven-day waiting period. Sometimes it just pays to be lucky. It also shows how a comic strip forces you to strip-mine your past for material, no matter how embarrassing.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Five

Ripples – The Daba Mystery 1

posted on October 30, 2018

Anyone who has been following this humble blog of mine knows that I’ve become an ardent fan of The Ripples by George Clark a cartoonist who continues to surprise me. At one point in early 1948, this elegant little humor strip suddenly becomes something a bit more.

From out of nowhere, really, Clark suddenly turns his charming strip about an art gallery into an equally charming mystery story that runs, well, let’s just say it runs for a surprisingly long time. It’s unlike anything I’d seen in the strip before.

Now, one of the things I hate when reading about an artist is not being able to see or hear the work that’s being described. So I’ve decided to show you exactly what I’m talking about by running the whole story here in weekly installments the way the work was intended and the way I’ve been experiencing it. I’m calling it the Daba Mystery and it’s an interesting side trip by an under appreciated artist.


Akron Comicon 2018

posted on October 29, 2018

This coming weekend I’ll be signing books at the Akron Comicon and it’s an annual Fall event that I always look forward to. It’s a terrifically run comic con that actually features (wait for it) comic books and comic book dealers! Not to mention a whole slew of artists and other guests. Details about Akron Comicon times can be found on the Events page on this site, or the Comicon site itself where you can also check out their extensive guest lineup.

The end of the Akron Comicon usually marks the beginning of my winter hibernation, but this November I’ll also be venturing out to Baldwin Wallace College for a talk on November 13. Again, the Events page has all the details. Hope to see you there.

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