PHINKWELL in June

This past month PHINKWELL presented 29 new strips.

In Tommy’s SKY HIGH, the bear has an a-maze-ing adventure. I would say he should have gone for the “fruit” but I didn’t see any. No extra points for you, bear!

Meanwhils, in Steve’s BACK AND FORTH, Dale’s dad “drops in” unexpectedly. There is something slightly ominous in the air, however, on the pickup truck ride to “grub-a-dub.” Then the bomb is dropped.

Lance’s PYGMALION began this month. In the story, “Minimal-is-him,” The artist, irascible cuss that he is, grows steadily frustrated as he is compelled to increasingly abstract the model down to her absolute essence. Can you say, “Reductio ad absurdum?”

Carl Anderson’s classic, HENRY, continues his earliest cartoons from the Saturday Evening Post. This month’s strips are from July 1932 through January 1933. Here we see the beginnings of a recourring HENRY motif; that of Henry being an entrepreneur with signage ( 1 2 3 ). It’s a way for Anderson to elegantly “get away with / cheat” on the whole wordless thing. Although, captions at the bottom of the strips were common in the earliest strips, it would quickly go into disuse. Other than the occasional caption, HENRY was wordless, except in signs that Henry himself would write, in order to attract rubes or customers to this latest money making scheme. This motif would appear, at least a dozen or so times, throughout this run of strips until the end. This month also features perhaps the only time Henry acts as a cock blocking extortioner. I include this strip of henry in the tub as a rare example of Henry just having fun for fun’s sake at the expense of no one in particular (unless it’s the person to clean up the mess). Finally, you can enjoy some shoe polish humor from our racially insensative past. It was a different world gang.

MY OWN PETARD returns in July, already! This past month, I got lots of PHINKWELL stuff done. I did, however, complete a couple of silkscreen prints (1 & 2) posted on the PETARD WHAT’S NEW blog for your amusement as well as some “summertime nudes” drawings. Ahhhh, summer.

At PHINKWELL itself, we done got our animated banner up and running, giving the main page some welcome visual pizzazz as well as highlighting each artist’s strip. Also, the STORIES pages for each series have been activated in order to help give an overview to each strip and to make navigating and reading the stories, easier.