Current Sketchbook Theme: NRA ’66
Dining establishments named in the 1966 National Restaurant Association member directory. Sketches from 2002.
Haitai Confectionery: Ad slogans and product descriptions awkwardly translated from Korean to English. Sketches from 2001-2002.
Andy's Yearbook: Quotes taken from autographs in a 8th grader's middle school yearbook.
Sketches from 2000.
Dissatisfied With the Vehicle: Quotes taken from transcripts of conversations between a market research firm and various dissatisfied car owners.
Sketches from 1999-2000.
I Made These so You Would Read Them:
The Dwarf House’s claim to fame was a chicken sandwich they called the Chick-fil-A. This evolved into the fast food franchise of the same name. The Hapeville location is still open, now known as “The Chick-fil-A Dwarf House”.
Matt Feazell writes:
Chuck A Burger was on the riverfront. Their slogan was “Best burger west of the Mississippi (so far)”
This might be the only sketch in the bunch where an artist drew a restaurant they were actually familiar with. It’s still in business!
The restaurant sketchbook series will return soon. Thanks for your patience while I launch this new project!
Pictured on my drawing table: the first few pages of Sucker Street, my forthcoming webcomic. I’m preparing a printed version of the prologue for purchase this Saturday at the MSU Comics Forum. Then, beginning in March, I’ll be running the ongoing series here on fridge-mag.com, releasing a page a week until…oh, I dunno, however long it takes. Maybe the rest of my life?
This is a departure for me. As a minicomics creator, one of my personal challenges has been to tell a self-contained, one-shot story in 1-12 pages. Sucker Street, by contrast, will be a long-form serial with a sprawling cast of characters and multiple, interwoven story arcs. While I always intended for it to be a big story, I resisted doing it as a serial. Believe me, I tried to compress this big world I’ve created down to a single book, or even a collection of books. I’ve come to accept that this just isn’t that kind of comic.
Yeah, yeah, I know. You want me to get to the part where I tell you what the comic’s about. Okay, fine. It’s about a close-knit neighborhood in a floundering Michigan municipality (a fictitious one, although my home state has no shortage of live models to work from) and the people who live and work there. The setting and a couple of the characters first appeared ten years ago (in very primitive form) in a 24-hour comic called A Quest for Quiet Cat Toys. The full comic’s there at the link, but it’s not required reading. A lot of changes have happened on the street since then.
Anyway, after 4 years of digging in my heels, I’m ready to step out of my comfort zone and release this thing into the world, page by page. Chapter One needs another rewrite and I still haven’t fully scripted Chapter Two or anything beyond. And— just between you, me and the internet—that kinda freaks me out. In a way, though, it’s nice to know I’m still capable of being freaked out by cartooning, after so many years doing it. I’m looking forward to this new adventure and hope you’ll join me. I’ll let you know when the comic goes live!
I’m not sure when the Berkeley location closed, but the last Ground Cow (in Penryn, CA) ceased operation just a couple of months ago. Their Facebook page is still up, with lots of nice pictures of things you could’ve ordered.