Happy April Fools Day! Anyone remember the Great Comic Strip Switcheroo of 1997? The prank was masterminded by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott, creators of “Baby Blues” fame. The boys sent out letters to comics creators, and they were surprised by the response.
A lot of matchmaking then took place, and on April 1, 1997 the funnies pages surprised readers and editors alike.
Team Dustin was honored to spend last weekend being cornfed and celebrated along with fellow cartoonist guests, “Between Friends'” creator Sandra Bell-Lundy, and “Kim Possible” character designer Stephen Silver in Marceline, Missouri, during the annual Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest.
Marceline was the boyhood home of Walt Disney and each year they remember and pay homage to their favorite son with a daylong festival, parade and other cartoony events drawing (pun intended) Disneyphiles and fans of comic art and animation from miles around. We met fans who drove in from Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas City and St. Louis, many told us they’ve attended Toonfest for years.
From time to time Steve and I will blog on Saturdays about our great cartoon influences. I’ll kick off our blog’s irregular-uncopyrighted feature with this short musing on a great muse of mine…
I grew up in a little town along the Space Coast of Florida called Satellite Beach in the 60s and 70s. As a kid, I adored a little-known strip about a beachcomber named, “Conchy” (pron: KONK-ee). “Conchy” was always one of my favorite comic strips and still is. It was self-syndicated and ran in the daily color comics (rare then) of our local paper FLORIDA TODAY (called TODAY back then) from 1970 until 1977.