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posted on October 2, 2012

I’ve been receiving a number of emails from people wondering why there’s  been no mention of the Lisa’s Legacy Run this year. The short answer is that there isn’t going to be one. The longer answer is that University Hospitals wanted to get out of competing with all of the other race events held here in Northeast Ohio in the Fall and look to other and, hopefully, more unique ways to celebrate Lisa’s Legacy. It was next to impossible to find a weekend when similar and longer established races weren’t already taking place.

That being said, the Lisa’s Legacy Runs were a lot of fun and were warmly regarded by a great number of people including yours truly. Especially yours truly in fact, so I’m going to continue to hold the Lisa’s Legacy Run every Fall in Funky. It’s what Les and Summer would want and as the master of the Funkyverse I can make all competing runs go away so that only the Lisa’s Legacy Run remains. As you can see in this weeks strips, Les and Funky are training hard for next Sunday’s race. And here’s a quick peek behind the curtain… the events that transpire in the Lisa’s Legacy Run Sunday strip actually happened at last year’s race. I simply transcribed what what one of the runners told me and turned it into this year’s Sunday strip. It doesn’t get any easier or perfect than that, and I can’t think of a better reason for the Lisa’s Legacy Run to go on. Check it out.

Also, a number of readers have asked about getting copies of The Complete Funky Volume one signed for the holidays. If you can’t make it to one of the upcoming signings listed on the events page, you can email me and I’ll tell you where they can be sent so that I can sign them and get them back to you in time for Christmas. Culture for Christmas… who could ask for more? Well, maybe that and the Complete Flash Gordon Sundays by Alex Raymond with the Jungle Jim topper. Jingle Bells indeed.

For now, that’s about the size of it.

Kilimanjaro Coda

posted on August 7, 2012

The recently completed Kilimanjaro story arc received some of the nicest and warmest emails I’ve gotten recently including a sweet welcome home note on the final Sunday. Included were a number of questions which I’ll answer here as well.

First and foremost, what happened to Kili the kitten. It wasn’t mentioned since I thought it was fairly obvious, but since it was Dan’s kitten, the kitten went home with Dan… and, no, that really didn’t happen. I’ve got to do some work here after all.

The box under the sign on top of Kilimanjaro has been there since forever in one form or another. It’s intended for whatever people want  to leave there. If there’s any more to it than that, I’m not aware of it.

The notebook pictures that appeared in a couple of places were scanned from my notebook that I kept on the climb. The pen I used eventually grayed-out a bit so the reproduction became dicey. Nevertheless, I still thought it was kind of cool to include them so I did.

Thanks to all who sent emails and the answer to the final most asked question is… no, no more climbs in the future. It’s kind of… you see one mountain, you’ve seen ’em all. That’s about the size of it.

T.B.

Jungle Action Heroes

posted on July 25, 2012

Okay, if this isn’t a world record, it’s certainly a personal best for me to make three posts in one day, so I’ll be looking for my gold medal in the mail any day now. On the lighter side, I’ve received a number of comments and questions about the July 15th jungle Sunday concerning just who was who. So here are the definitive answers: from left to right the jungle action heroes are Congo Bill, Jann of the jungle, Bomba, Tarzan, Ramar, Bwana Beast, Sheena, Jungle Jim, The Phantom and Lorna the Jungle Girl… AND the one everyone missed… on the branch above Tarzan, the two monkeys crawling up the branch from the Jungle Comics logo. If you got ’em all, give yourself a nice pat on the back. Your jungle  acumen is is first rank.

The hallucination solution which allowed me to homage  all of these characters was actually suggested by one of my fellow climbers, Dan Messina, during our climb Kilimanjaro. Or was that just a hallucination? Cheers.