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How Comics Were Created 100 Years Ago

Listener James McCleary writes:

I listen to your podcast whilst I'm drawing or painting, and I want you blockheads to know that this year, in addition to submitting some paintings to the State Fair, I submited a rather unusual "Heritage Craft." Instead of a quilt or a cornhusk doll or something normal like that, my "Heritage Craft" was my attempt to recreate how daily comic strips were made 100 years ago. I included some background information -- all in comic strip form -- of how comics were made back then, so that the judges wouldn't think that I was completely out of my mind. It was mostly an excuse to draw the Roaring Twenties, a tin lizzie, and use "23 Skidoo" in casual conversation. Among these comics I included homages to Thimble Theatre, Krazy Kat, Pogo, Peanuts, Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes ... Alley Oop, Gasoline Alley ... am I missing anyone? Okay, I guess I missed Barnaby and King Aroo. Lil' Abner. Since I was only working on dailies I could safely ignore Lil' Nemo, but, to be fair, the craft had to fit within 36 inches. I don't know whether I won anything, but I'll be on the fairgrounds on Sunday to look at the quilts and cornhusk dolls and other "normal" Heritage Crafts. 23 Skidoo!

Then followed up:

I just got back from the fairgrounds. My Heritage Craft "How Were Comic Strips made 100 Years ago" got third prize!


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