April 10, 2007 12:00 AM
The Sticking Point
Like so many, I will miss the Avalanche not being in the playoffs. I could always count on a series or two for cartoons. So, it will seem very odd not having the Avs to follow for the next few months. A nice consolation prize will be knowing that Joe Sakic will most likely finish out his career as an Avalanche player. It's as it should be.
The cartooning profession has recently lost two giants in the industry. Johnny Hart, the creator of the comic strips B.C. and the Wizard of Id passed away this weekend, at his drawing board, at the age of 76. He was a huge influence on me as a young cartoonist. I used to spend hours reading the paperback collections of B.C. dreaming of becoming a cartoonist just like him. He will be missed.
His comic strip will continue, which I have a problem with because I believe comic strips should be discontinued upon the passing of their creators. I think newspapers would be much better off if they gave those precious spaces on the comics pages to a younger generation of talent.
Jay Kennedy, the comics editor for King Features syndicate passed away March 15. Jay was one of the few in the industry who really understood cartoonists and their importance in newspapers. He was an advocate for the art form and his passing will leave a very large void in the world of comics. I got the chance to know Jay while attending a few Editorial cartoonists conventions and we hit it off well. We talked at length about Vaughn Bode, a famous underground cartoonist from the 60's. Jay was an avid fan of underground cartoonists and so it was a blast to talk to someone who was so knowledgeable about the work and life of Bode.
Jay encouraged me to submit a comic strip to King Features and so in 2000 I finally took him up on his offer. I wasn't quite prepared for the response. The rejection letter was pretty harsh and Jay wrote that I could do much better. He was right. The submission was awful. Jay was doing me a favor by telling me to push myself harder.
Here's to you, Jay. I promise I will.