Posts Tagged ‘Bo Nanas’

Minor characters

January 18, 2010

Old Mr. Bench shows up today in the strip rerunning on Gocomics.com. Not the strongest gag – it does show off his cluelessness more than his craziness.

An even more minor character showed up Saturday – The Birthday Girl. She appears on my wife’s birthday and, although she’s modeled on her, TBG’s self-centered personality is nothing like my missus. Of course, since all the Bo strips rerun in an off-calendar way (I think Christmas strips will be showing up soon), Saturday was not my wife’s actual birthday.

Thursday is the new Sunday – Make like a tree..

January 14, 2010

I like the gag in the Sunday rerunning on Gocomics.com today but I’m not so sure about the way I laid it out. I needed a close-up of Bo looking at the stapled leaf, but maybe it needed to be seen in the establishing scene as well.

The unseen-until-now drop panel (above) is a mess. The falling leaves aren’t the shape of leaves – it looks like it’s raining hot dogs*. The concept with Bo at the bottom was a white silhouette knocked out of the leaves. I remember thinking that it didn’t “read” as Bo so I added some shading. That ended up making it look like Bo was covered with snow.

* not that that’s bad thing

…and speaking of greeting cards in general…

January 13, 2010

Did you know that there were not one, but two, count ’em two Bo greeting cards? They were done for Renaissance Greetings in 2005. Marian Heath bought Renaissance and I’m really not sure if they’re still in print.

My thought was to “brand” the cards with yellow backgrounds (like Olivia the pig did with the color red) but, try as I might with various greeting card companies, I was never able to get more than these two out there. Below is the promo page I did for more proposed cards.

Speaking of Christmas cards…

January 12, 2010

About 25 FOBs (Friend Of Bo) took advantage of the free Bo Nanas holiday card, printed it out, folded it in quarters and sent it out to as many people as they wanted to. I’m thinking about making this an annual thing with a new card each year. Collect ’em all!

Ghosts of Christmas Cards Past

January 11, 2010

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I was trucking around the internet and found a bunch of cartoonist Christmas cards on my friend and colleague Tom Heintjes’s Hogan’s Alley*site (hosted on my friend and colleague Daryl Cagle’s site cagle.com), including mine (above). I used this image for a Sunday strip sometime after.

For the last couple of years I’ve used the Bo Christmas art I’ve run on the blog during the holiday season. (Things were so busy this year that we just didn’t get cards done. My wife has suggested sending out Valentines since everyone likes to get them.) I dug through files and found some others that we’ve sent out.

This was the image that we used in 2004 without the type. I’m telling an extraordinaryly bad joke about our recent move and my wife is chiding me about it. (Please notice my rockin’ reindeer sweater.)

This was our card the next year. (My wife is a pianist, BTW.)

* “Hogan’s Alley” is a wonderful magazine about cartooning. I highly recommend it.

Thursday is the new Sunday – Extra! Extra!

January 7, 2010

When I re-read the Sunday running on Gocomics.com today I imagined the thought that must of gone through the mind of my long-suffering, then-editor Amy when she first saw it. It was probably something like, “Oh no, he’s doing it again. He’s over-writing.” I don’t remember if she actually did talk to me about it then – she had mentioned so many times before she may have thrown up her hands and let me have my way. She knew what I would usually say – “I want a lot of words. I want the guy to be a blowhard.”

When I was writing Bo I would rarely write Sunday strips specifically – if a strip needed more room than a daily would allow, it became a Sunday. Often times the set-up of the situation was rather complex, and might take a lot of words to get it across. That was probably the case here, but I do like the way it comes off. What makes it work for me is the first panel. I could have put some of the verbiage there to spread it out a bit but the guy’s blowhardedness works better because nothing is happening in the first panel. He just bursting with the overwhelming need to talk about himself to the point that in the second panel he starts off with, “You’re probably wondering…” even though Bo wasn’t noticing him at all. A true narcissist.

In the unseen-until-now drop panel (above), Bo ties one on. (Har.)

Thursday is the new Sunday – Playground

December 31, 2009

 

The “Was he a mummy?” line is what makes the Sunday strip rerunning on Gocomics.com for me.

In the drop panel above, Bo needs a date for New Year’s Eve.

It’s beginning to look a lot like… (Part 4)

December 23, 2009

 

This year, like last, I did special artwork to count down to Christmas for the Gettysburg Times (the only newspaper in the world where Bo Nanas is still printed). I’ll run them every Wednesday until the big day.

Thursday is the new Sunday – Brick…house!

December 17, 2009

 

The Sunday strip rerunning on Gocomics.com today shows Mrs. Yannes in the full-bloom of bonkerness.

The drop panel above is a tribute to the amazing Krazy Kat.

It’s beginning to look a lot like… (Part 3)

December 16, 2009

 

This year, like last, I did special artwork to count down to Christmas for the Gettysburg Times (the only newspaper in the world where Bo Nanas is still printed). I’ll run them every Wednesday until the big day.