‘Gill’ Latest Webcomic, Debuting Today
Norm Feuti, creator of Retail, has begun a second strip which will be a webcomic beginning today. Gill launched this morning and is described as “a humorous look at the life of an 8-year-old boy who lives under less than ideal circumstances. Gill is overweight. His parents are divorced. His mother struggles to maintain their meager existence. His estranged father floats in and out of his life to offer crude and confusing advice. Gill is an exploration of childhood and the imperfect American family in all its dysfunctional glory.”
The strip will appear Monday through Thursday in black and white, with the Friday strip larger and in color, like the traditional Sunday strip.
He told Daily Cartoonist, “About a year ago, I decided to make an attempt at getting a second strip syndicated. Gill is an idea I’ve had for some time, and in July of 2008 I pitched it to all the major syndicate. Unfortunately it was passed on by all of them.
“My initial plan was to abandon the idea if it was rejected and move on to another, but after posting the sample strips on my website, I started having second thoughts. I got overwhelmingly positive comments about the material on my blog as well as The Daily Cartoonist, and received about a dozen private emails from various professional cartoonists (both syndicated and web) complementing the strip. Many urged me to give it a go as a webcomic … and after a lot of thought I decided to do just that.”
Feuti launched Retail two years ago and continues to produce the strip about life at a box box retailer.