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Thanx Andy

posted on May 4, 2016

Wyeth Funky

When this strip ran a short while ago, a number of readers were curious as t0 the “Thanks, Andy” attribution. Late in his career Andrew Wyeth created a painting called Otherworld in which he depicted a young girl looking out the window of a private jet. Through one of the windows we look down on the Olsen farm and the Kuerner farm through another. Both of these farms were iconic settings for many of his best remembered paintings. In an homage to Wyeth and to Otherworld, I used the same setting to depict two of the set stages for my own work in Funky… Les and Lisa’s house and the Crankshaft homestead. I’ve long admired the way Wyeth revisited familiar settings to bring a certain verisimilitude to his work. I’m sure it influenced me to adopt a similar work method to ground my own work. Hence, the tip of the Funky felt tip in the strip.

Wyeth plane

Blast From the Past

posted on April 30, 2016

Fumky Fan Club

While signing books at Ohioanna last Saturday, a woman came up and proffered an aging piece of manila paper which turned out to be the charter of sorts of a Funky Winkerbean fan club from 1985. The woman was the founder, president, recruiter and basically chief everything of this fine organization. I’d like to publicly thank her for not only hanging onto this piece of Funky history, but also for her kindness in bringing it to the event to show me. It was very cool and the kind of thing that’s makes going to these book signing events so enjoyable. That’s definitely one for the books.

Blast from Funky’s Past

posted on February 16, 2016

Trump strip

As the fine folks at the KSU Press were hard at work on Vol. 6 of The Complete Funky Winkerbean, they came across this strip from 1989 and brought it to my attention. It would appear I’ve been trumped by real life. I’m not quite sure whether to laugh or cry.