I used to be a cartoonist. I had a comic strip for 4 years in the local student paper, The Maneater, at the University of Missouri. I found that a visitor to Whitehorse had kindly uploaded some of my strips from a book called Captain Bly, 1994, as a way to show off my nifty book. Thanks, Aniko! So I decided to upload a short 6 page story not included in the book. (The pic on the left is actually a pastel of the same bears–these bears are reciting Shakespeare’s The Tempest)
I’m still working on those bears. They appeared a little in my short story “Lemmings in the Third Year” and I’m trying to work on a novel about them.
Below is a short story I did for a Comic Strip 101 class I had with Frank Stack, an artist and cartoonist teaching there. He is credited with the first underground comic book, The Adventures of Jesus. He was a great teacher. Had us draw comic strips and pin them to the wall for critique and then he would go about busting us! He thought we were a great class though. Full of potential. I’ve been playing with my cartooning roots, and working around in some other mediums. But here is that short story.
Thanks for posting the strip Jerome. I’d be interested to read a Bears novel, having a copy of “Captain Bly” in my library. Could you get together a Polar Bonds collection? Or are there Yukon News complications with those?
That is so cool. I had no idea you could draw as well. Music, writing, drawing…can you dance?
I cannot dance. I have taken lessons and it still eludes me. I long to be able to do two dances well: the waltz and the two-step. I think if you can do those, you’re set.