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.