Thursday, April 19, 2007

Blast from the Past

Awhile back I started the Canadian Comic Fan Project, posting the names of fans who appeared in old comic books. When I come across a Canadian letterhack in these old comics, I always wonder if they are still around and if they remember being a comic book fan. Do they still care about the superhero adventures and Archie jokes they loved as a kid? Do they have nostalgia for the comics of the past? Did they maybe grow-up to become comic book writers or cartoonists? I always ask, "where are they now?"

You will hopefully be only slightly less excited than I to learn that earlier this week I got my first answer!

Hello Bryan...I was googling around and did a search for my own name (Roy Bishop) in Hamilton, Ontario. To my surprise I stumbled onto your website.

Years ago when I was about 12 I joined the Archie Fan Club. I wrote to them and gave them a short blurb of how much I liked their TV show on saturday mornings. They published my comments in one of their comic books and I won a cash prize of $1.00...yee ha! Well, jump ahead about 38 years to now. I still have the letter and envelope they sent to me and my original copy of Archie #191. It's one of my childhood joys.

They also spelled my street address incorrectly but no problem. Even today my brother and his wife live at [the same address]. I am still in Hamilton about 5 minutes from the home I grew up in.

I wrote to a pen pal who lived in England because of my mention in that comic. We wrote letters for a few years afterwards.

Bryan, Thanks a bunch for putting my name and address on your webpage. It brings back many good memories.
Have a great day. Roy Bishop.

Thanks for writing Roy! It's wonderful to know that the Archie penpal club actually led to some international correspondence in the days before the interweb!

Jaime Hernandez Sketches

I like Jaime Hernandez drawings.

Some obscure Jaime art that I do not own. Many of it viewable at the comicartfans site. (Fans can also now read an interesting blog post by the genius art director who decided to hire Jaime to do the DVD cover for Divorce, Italian Style.)

Jaime Hernandez sketch
jaime hernandez wonder woman sketch

Monday, April 16, 2007

Music from the Comic Strips

via Frames per Second magazine, a link to a Vancouver radio show about music inspired by classic cartoons and comic strips --available as an MP3 for the next few days.

more sheet music images