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John Darling – Take 182

posted on August 28, 2019

 

On the Road Again

posted on August 24, 2019

There’s a tinge of Fall in the air this morning and it reminds me that the Fall book signing season is about to get under way. It will kick off next Saturday with a signing at Rubber City Comics in Akron as a part of their grand reopening. I’ll be there with copies of the newest volume in the Complete Funky series and some other books. as well. Saturday in a comics shop… it doesn’t get much better than that. The details are posted in the ‘Events’ section with more to come as the season rolls on. Hope to see you there.

 

Match to Flame 106

posted on August 23, 2019

Yeah, didn’t I mention that I mentioned that I was starting a new strip? I do believe I sort of sneakily alluded to it earlier when I said that Crankshaft was no longer appearing in Funky. Doug Marlette may have had some good ideas, but I had one of my own as well. Along with creating two strips, traveling the country giving talks, putting together books, and doing art for posters and cereal boxes, I had  quietly been working on a new strip in my spare time. Remember in the introduction to the previous volume in this series where I described how I had received a release from News America Syndicate for a strip called Crankshaft? I was free to take Crankshaft to the marketplace, and I was now making plans to do just that. Ed Crankshaft had been getting a terrific response as a new character in Funky, but I was now keeping him out of Funky so I could use that new material for a submission package to send to other syndicates. There were a lot of good practical reasons for attempting this, especially given what I described earlier, but my primary motivation was so I could finally own Crankshaft and all of the other characters that would flow from it. The desire to own my own characters had been burning inside me from the moment I read my first syndicate contract, and recent events were stoking that fire to a major conflagration. I wasn’t going to be signing any more contracts that took my characters away from me

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume Six

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