In 1967 I was in seventh grade. Two years earlier, I had become a member of the Mighty Marvel Marching Society when I was introduced to Marvel comics (in spirit only, as I didn't have the money to actually join as a paid member). A friend gave me his early collection since his Mom had threatened to throw the lot out if he didn't give them away. Sadly she had earlier destroyed an FF#1 and lord knows what else. I then began my studies at Jack Kirby's school of drawing, on the kitchen table, floors etc and finally summoned the courage to send samples to Marvel. I also sent a separate mailing of a super hero rendition of Stan the Man. Here are the postcards I received in return. I don't know whether this is the writing and signing by the great man himself or that of an assistant but I treasure them nonetheless. I should look into his handwriting to finally know for sure. I also wonder what became of that drawing of Stan as a super hero in full costume. Perhaps he framed it and it has hung in a place of honor all these years or sits in a scrapbook in his undoubtedly vast archives. The imagination runs wild as it did in a young boy, given a boost of super power by the creations of Jack and Stan.
I have taken some amazingly lucky photos from the fishing boat over the years; big bass and muskies I and others have caught, storms, sunsets, twisters, and animals. Without a doubt this one from a couple of weeks ago is the most serendipitous shot of them all. I don't know who this lady is— an enthusiastic nature lover, a mermaid either coming from or going on land, or perhaps she is the Lady of the Lake. Sans sword. I have no way of knowing, I can only marvel at my good fortune.
For a few years I have done cartoons for Kimco, a large company that you've had contact with whether you know it or not. Open-air shopping centers are their domain across the country. Here are all the toons gathered together on their blog site.
The Studio v. 39.11.
The studio has evolved again. The recovery of the old Mac Pro 1.1 system and my expensive scanning software, Lasersoft Silverfast, has added a scanning station at the old drawing board. SF is a lot faster than Vuescan and works better too. I set up a computer to computer network after adding an Airport card to the Mac. Those are fun to install, found a video on Youtube for reference. First time there has been two computers in the studio to do a local network. I can reach over with the new iMac and search the old databases. I'll scan over there and grab the file over here. What could be simpler?
I shot it with my wide angle GoPro.
Starting tomorrow, I will republish LGOP's first year's strips beginning with the corresponding day dates in between the fresh new strips that currently come out every other day. In effect it will be like a daily comic again, and you won't have to click your way back to see those old ones which you've probably forgotten by now but I KNOW you would love to see again. All in the interest of you the valued reader and if it boosts the ad click rate that's a plus!
Heading into town this morning to get a haircut and I look up on the tracks and see this. I sent this to the Joan Rivers Project folks for whom I recently redid a cartoon for the book on her life coming out soon. I mean, who does graffiti like this? Troubled youths undoubtedly.
Dan Collins, American cartoonist and all around funny guy.