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Hey, remember last week’s FF when I laid down some serious “only comic nerds will care” info? Well, here’s some more.
These photos are from the same trip to Horseheads, NY, home of early 1900s cartoonist Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman. Last week it was about his house – this week is about the gazebo he designed and built in a public park. If you’re not bored yet, there’s more info at this link:
Being a cartoonist, there ain’t a ton of pilgrimages you can take related to your vocation, let alone ones that are close by. But there is one a just few hours from my folks’ house.
A few weeks ago, as I was driving the six hours tween their house and mine, I decided to take a small detour to Horseheads, NY – home of early 1900s cartoonist Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman. Never heard of him? Back in the day he worked for both Punch and Judge magazine, and even had his own correspondence school! (Exclamation point is for cartooning nerds only. The rest of you civilians can just role your eyes.)
Upon her death, Zim’s daughter left his house and all his artwork to the Horseheads Historical Society. Since this is a small town, the Historical Society has rather limited hours – and the hour I was there was not one of them. But that was ok – I’d been there before. It was just nice to walk around, take a few photos, and suck in the history of those who came before me.
Here’s a link if you’d like more info:
If you didn’t know, today is the birthday of another famous bearded fellow, friend and colleague Rick Stromoski.
This is a very wonderful message from Ford Button’s daughter about what I wrote about him here.
I just found this out of the blue…WOW I am crying tears of joy as I write this…Thank you to you and everyone for the wonderful comments on my dad. A day does not go by that I don’t think of him. I miss him so much, but as I look at my children…Oh he lives on with them. John he loved you dearly.. He spoke of you all the time. Your talent, your friendship. He loved to teach. He was the same at home..we had no coloring books..we had to create our own design not color in someones. I am now a preschool teacher and am so blessed to have had parents who gave me so much in support to be my own person. I use the humor with my students as I watched Dad with his..I give hugs just like he did…Dad or Ford(loved his name) was truly a gift to us, who is missed but he is still with us all. He gave us all a little bit of him that we all hold dear in our hearts. God bless you John..this was such a wonderful gift to read and to share…Thank You
Connie Button Liberty
I got a copy of this from Richard Thompson himself at SPX. The creator of Cul de Sac brings the major funny, as always. Find this book and buy it. Nuff said.
This may be a moot post but I thought I’d still do it. I was at the great Strand Bookstore in NYC two weeks ago and saw that they had about 10 issues of Cartoonist PROfiles.
Cartoonist PROfiles was a quarterly magazine published by cartoonist Jud Hurd from 1969 until his death in 2005. Before the internet, it was near impossible to find out anything about the cartooning world so PROfiles was like manna from heaven to a wannbe cartoonist. (In it’s last year, an article on me appeared and it was such a thrill.) It was mostly distributed by subscription so it was tough to find it in any comics stores, and even more impossible to find it now, which is why I’m posting this.
Here’s how to find them, if they’re still there. Go up to the second floor. Face the big wall of cartoon/comics books. Turn around and you’ll be facing a low shelf. That’s where they are…were…whatever.
At the National Cartoonists Society’s Reubens Weekend I got to met and hang with Jason Chatfield, the new cartoonist on the classic Australian comic strip Ginger Meggs. Jason was nice enough to include a certain monkey with a lot of more famous guest stars in the strip a few Sundays ago. You can see it here.
The previous artist, the late James Kemsley, was a sweetheart of a man. I met him on one of his many trips to the US and we became friends. He was instrumental in get Bo Nanas into some Aussie papers. James was a wonderful ambassador for comics and his son accepted the Silver T-square Award in his father’s honor this May at the Rubes.
I’m looking a a small packet of Vegemite that James gave me years ago. It’s in the small “toy box” on my desk.
It’s true, I do (heart) NY…just not so much during a one-day whirlwind trip.
The up-and-back trip (total car hours: 1, total train hours: 7) was part of one of my many jobs as a freelancer – I’m the Humor Editor for Marian Heath Greeting Cards and I was going to the Stationery Show. This is a big trade show and it gives me the chance to see what’s going on in the industry, scope out talent and see my colleagues at MH, since they are based in Wareham, MA and I’m not.
I decided to do it all in one day because there’s too much going on…but my bad back wasn’t happy about it. I’ve been nursing it for a few weeks and then I pulled it in the car yesterday morning just turning my head to look at my blind spot. Sheesh.
Since I had a few hours tween the show’s end and my train back, I hightailed it to the Strand Bookstore. Words don’t do this place justice. Lots of books, all discounted. They’ve expanded their cartooning section since I was there last year. Could’ve brought home an armload but just got the latest Best American Comics (guest editor Lynda Barry) and another anthology edited by Ivan Brunetti. Good reading on the train ride back home.