Saturday, November 12, 2005
True Tales of GlumGlum was an amateur cartoon published from Spring 2003 to Summer 2005 in Bakersfield's underground monthly, The Blackboard, now called The Blackboard Free Press (www.theblackboardfreepress.com). It originally started in response to the war in Iraq, but immediately turned to the slightly sensational, stupid, depressing stuff of life. Most of the stories were from Carla LaFong. The goal was to keep drawing cartoons until the war ended, but the war outlasted GlumGlum. To read from the beginning, scroll to the bottom of this blog and work your way up.
#23 - "D and D" - this was a disappointing way to end the series for me, but too many stories were about carla being drunk. also, i realized the war was not going to end any time soon. not to mention that i had an increasingly bad habit of postponing drawing the strip until the wee hours of the morning after working all day. the artwork was really starting to stink. i suppose a series called glumglum shouldn't end on a triumphant note, however, so to peter out short of my goal of 25 strips was appropriate.
#13 - "Quack Quack" - this one won't load, so i'll save its spot for now - it's about someone dear to me
#11 - "Sing Along with Glum Glum" - this was an ode to this place called bakersfield - an ignorant, stubborn, polluted place that will always let you down, but you stay with because it's cheap, familiar, and at times surprises you by being a real good time. bakersfield is like a bad relationship that drags on forever.