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Run for Lisa’s Legacy 4

posted on October 18, 2018

The Funky Winkerbean 5K for the benefit of the Lisa’s Legacy Fund at University Hospitals is this coming Sunday October 21. If you’re planning on running, be sure to say “hi”. See you there

 

 

Match to Flame 83

posted on October 16, 2018

Other changes were afoot on the comics pages. My partner on John Darling, Tom Armstrong, had started a new strip of his own called Marvin about a young child. The demands on his time were such that he was having trouble keeping up with John Darling, and something was going to have to give. I knew the feeling well from my early days on Funky and, when Tom called one day saying he was ready to move on and just concentrate on Marvin, I gave him my blessing. Tom gave me some time to find a replacement, but I didn’t have to look far. I had tried to start a couple of new strips with a terrific local artist from Cleveland, Gerry Shamray, and he was able to jump in on John Darling without missing a beat. Truth be told, however, John Darling was beginning to wear a little thin with me. The writing was easy enough, but it was becoming a little discouraging to satirize what was happening on TV only to have TV top you with something more outrageous the next week. Broadcast TV was rapidly becoming a bigger joke than any joke you could ever write about it, and reality TV wasn’t even on the horizon yet. It was becoming a mugs game. Still, you hate to let one of your characters go, so Gerry and I slogged on, and I’m glad we did. Why? Because John and Jan Darling would soon become the proud parents of a baby girl. A baby girl named Jessica who would grow up to play a prominent role in the life of that as-yet-unnamed girl from the sketchbook I mentioned earlier.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Five

John Darling – Take 136

posted on October 14, 2018

Appearing on a lot of TV back then really helped with getting the lingo down.

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