Second entry in a week. You'd think I was up to somethin'.
So, my new comic strip (it's the second one down with my name on it)
debuts in the Coast today. I am reluctantly taking over the spot vacated by Hope Larson's great "she's from away" (septic rhubarb!), and I hope to live up to what has come before.
As I'm normally given to making excuses about my stuff, I'll try not to disappoint - originally, it was a straight-up soap opera strip, an attempt to dredge up memories of all those great "serious" funnypagers - "Mary Worth", "Rex Morgan M.D.", etc.. I drew it in a style reminiscent of those strips and included the requisite pony-tailed eye-patched loner, the rich debutante with a horrible secret and wealthy industrialist who believes that killing orphans will improve his bottom line. They all lived in the titular New England town of "Chastity Bay", and every strip was to have at least one shocking twist.
When I submitted it, they said that it wasn't quite what they were looking for (and I'll admit, a soap opera spoof can run out of steam in a big hurry unless it's on SCTV), and they'd rather see something in my style. I had a day to come up with a new strip before my vacation, so I did what any self-absorbed artist would do - I made it about myself. Except I go on adventures and my friends are in it (also Jones the cat, who's an acquaintance at best). I called it "Buy Friends Easy" 'cause I figured the simplest way to get people to like you is to make them mildly famous.
Wasn't that a great story?