This next Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of of my recent comic, the Eat Street Diners Club. 120 pages so far. What?!
This comic is the most fun I’ve ever had as a cartoonist. It’s fun to draw, it’s fun to write, it’s fun for me to re-read. It’s a daily challenge, but the kind that reminds me why I love comics in the first place.
Unfortunately, I don’t think a lot of people are reading it. I’ve lost the gusto for comic-book-promotion that I used to have (that energy is going into my design business), and the rate that I’ve been creating, and the nature of the project doesn’t mean I can make books, which I think is how the casual comics reader will ultimately enjoy these stories.
I send one email a month—on the first Wednesday of the month. Comic book day.
It’s just 10 pages of a funny (I hope) comic about eating, drinking and being merry.
So I got this book from 1966 called “The Cartoonists Cookbook” because it had a recipe from Charles Schulz. Well, really it’s from his (first) wife, Joyce. I guess Chuck wasn't much of a cook.
They're pretty good. Here’s the recipe if you want to make some breakfast.
Joyce Schulz Syrup Pancakes
1 1/2 cups flour (Gold Medal)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
Sift dry ingredients. Mix egg, milk, butter and syrup and add to flour mixture.
Stir only until dry ingredients are moistened. Bake on lightly greased griddle. Makes approximately 25 three-inch pancakes.
I’ll be debuting my new project at Autoptic next week—The Eat Street Diners Club. This 12-page restaurant-adventure was printed in Risograph Blue and can be yours for $2.
Oddly most of the manga I've read have been biographies of comics creators. Most recently, I made my way through the tome The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime. Tezuka was a uniquely driven creator who lived a sheltered life.
His series Black Jack, is a fun adventure story like none I've ever read and also makes the most of his medical background. The art is beautiful, but after reading his biography I wonder how much of it was actually drawn by his assistants?