Comic Strips: There’s Life In Them There Hills?
Our old pal Graham Nolan, presently the artist on the Rex Morgan newspaper strip and a former artist on Batman, Spider-Man, Hawkman, The Prowler, The Atom, The Phantom and many other fine comics, has accomplished the near-impossible: he’s got a syndication deal on an original newspaper strip.
Damn. Just when I thought the medium was pushing up daisies, too. And right after the announcement that Joe Staton is taking over the art chores on Dick Tracy next Monday.
(Some of our readers might not know what a “newspaper” is. I suggest going to your local convenience store and check on out – but not the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, who remain comic-less.)
Graham’s strip is called Sunshine State, and it’s about a gator, a pelican, a lizard, and a Tiki bar owning manatee in Florida. Together, they “try to navigate the increasingly technological encroachment of the 21st century,” according to Mr. Nolan. Unlike Dick Tracy, it’s a humor strip and it has been, and continues to be, a web comic. The newspaper version will debut as both a daily and a Sunday feature towards the end of spring.
Best of luck, Graham! Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!