Mini Page

Take a trip back in time with me, if you will… to the days when a boy’s fancy turned to the funny pages, and he wanted to be a syndicated cartoonist more than anything else in the whole world…

Not so much different from now, really!  Except that the boy grew up.  Physically, anyway. 😉

I am taking a short break from making new Hamster Tails strips for a few weeks, and I thought it might be nice to show you some of my old ‘toons from the vault that most of you have never seen before.

This was my very first published work.  In my hometown newspaper, the Kent-Ravenna Record Courier, they ran a feature once a week called the Mini Page.  I think it appeared in lots of papers all around the country, and may still, for all I know.  But you could send drawings in to the Mini Page, and, if selected, they would run in your local paper.

So… I drew a picture of WonderBrat and the gang, and lo and behold, they printed it for all of the Kent/Ravenna, Ohio area to see.

One of the fun things about this drawing that I like to point out is that it ran on the same day that my brother Mike came home to visit us from California, so he got to enjoy the fact that the whole world (well, our little corner of it, anyway) knew that he was secretly the crime-fighter Zitman.

Luckily, he had a good sense of humor about it.  He must have, because I’m still alive to tell you about it. :-)

Enjoy!  Next week, we’ll explore some strips from WonderBrat’s days in the Daily Kent Stater!

Want to BUY this cartoon to use on your website, newsletter, as an illustration for your book, or for any print or digital project you’re working? Just email me at garytoons2@gmail.com.

Want to see some of my other work? Go here.

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