Ice Bucket Challenge

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“Foreshadowing” or maybe “Chekhovian”

Sally Forth reader Kerry Abel writes:

    Could you blog-post the strip that you claim foreshadowed
    the adults (Sally and Ted) attacking with water cannons?

Well, yes – I most certainly can.
Note: Click on the strips to see them larger.

Sally Forth - June 1, 2014

Sally Forth – June 1, 2014

Sally Forth - August 3, 2014

Sally Forth – August 3, 2014

Granted, it looks like the water cannons shrunk in length over the summer – a common problem if you store them in a hot and/or humid place – so let that be a lesson to you!

Hope that fits the bill, Kerry.
Thanks for the interest and thanks for writing!

All the best,
Jim


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Happy Birthday Francesco Marciuliano!

Here’s wishing bestselling author and Sally Forth scribe
Francesco Marciuliano a

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And as a special treat, here’s Hil, Faye and Nona singing the Beatles version of Happy Birthday in all its limited animated gif splendor!

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Sally Forth – The Movie

A. V. Club just had an article on the 14 comic strips that should be films.

An excerpt…

Sally Forth is one of those oddities that always make the comics page a little better, even though it’s not typically all that memorable. And yet its style—both illustration and writing—are more like a self-aware soap opera than a comic strip.

Fantasy casting via Sonia Saraiya:

Olivia Williams as the no-nonsense Sally.

Olivia Williams as the no-nonsense Sally.

Josh Holloway as Ted, the love of her life who sometimes can’t totally be trusted.

Josh Holloway as Ted, the love of her life who sometimes can’t totally be trusted.

Only child Hilary is played by Jane Levy, who spends most of her time sassing her parents.

Only child Hilary is played by Jane Levy, who spends most of her time sassing her parents.

And to direct…

Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater

With films like his most recently acclaimed Boyhood, I give him the thumbs up.

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Until a film date is set, you can check out Sally Forth online at…

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Flash Gordon Comic Strip Casting Calls

As mentioned in a previous post, the inspiration for King Vultan’s headstrong daughter Princess Tyree was Tionne Watkins – or T-Boz from TLC.

Close-up of original art.

Artwork from the August 20, 2000 Flash Gordon Sunday page.


Thinking back, she wasn’t the first celebrity I had used for inspiration when it came to Flash Gordon supporting characters. When Flash needed help fighting werewolves, Kurt Russell was called in, cast as Thorne.

Kurt Russell - The Thing (1982)

Kurt Russell – The Thing (1982)

Artwork from the June 23, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.

Artwork from the June 23, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.

Artwork from the August 4, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.

Artwork from the August 4, 1996 Flash Gordon Sunday page.


I brought him back a few times after that to team up with Flash. He ultimately met his demise due to a crooked arms dealer who had sabotaged their equipment…

Artwork from the June 21, 1998 Flash Gordon Sunday page.

Artwork from the June 21, 1998 Flash Gordon Sunday page.


Before Tionne Watkins, there was Tisha Campbell as the strong-willed hawkwoman, Teesha. See how I cleverly changed the name so it wouldn’t be obvious?

Tisha Campbell circa 1990s.

Tisha Campbell circa 1990s.

Black and white art for January 26, 1979 Flash Gordon Sunday.

Artwork from the January 26, 1997 Flash Gordon Sunday.


This last likeness wasn’t for the strip, but a request to weatherman Al Roker.

Back in 1998 the New York Daily News had dropped a bunch of their adventure strips, including Flash Gordon. As Al Roker was known for being a staunch supporter of the comics (having wanted to be a cartoonist when he was younger) I alerted him of the Daily News dumping Flash – and he generously wrote a nice piece on his blog lending his support.

Here’s the art I sent him (pre-weightloss I might add)…

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That’s all I can think of for now as far as celebrities go. Friends and family making cameos are another matter – but that’ll have to wait…

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A reminder that you can find my work on Flash Gordon online at…

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When you wish upon a star…

Just got this notification via Linkedin.

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My response to this piece of motivational simplicity…

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Just to be clear – if you dream it you can then hopefully motivate yourself to work hard and pursue it. Ideas and dreams are nothing without the 99% perspiration – and even that doesn’t guarantee success.

A view most clearly expressed in the first Rocky film - not so much in the endless sequels and remakes that followed...

A view most clearly expressed in the first Rocky film – not so much in the endless sequels and remakes that followed…


And drawing “doesn’t come naturally” for me, hard work actually plays a role.
That’s why I always wince inwardly when people tell me “to have fun with it” when asking for a commission.

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The family knows I’m having “fun” when they can hear me from my studio
swearing like a crazed lunatic.

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So just remember it’s not all about achieving your dreams…

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Unless of course your destination is Mars,
then it’s all about getting back to Dejah Thoris…

John Carter by Frank Frazetta

John Carter by Frank Frazetta


But I digress…

Just remember it’s all about the journey.
So to end, here’s Journey with Don’t Stop Believin’…

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Craig MacIntosh – McFadden’s War

Just got back from a Meet the Author event for Craig MacIntosh and his new book, McFadden’s War.

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Craig MacIntosh

Here’s a few pics from the event.

Wayne Morton reading an excerpt from McFadden's War.

Actor Wayne Morton reading an excerpt from McFadden’s War.

Guest Speaker, former Navy Seal Al Horner, presenting Craig with a Navy Seals shirt  to commemorate his third book release.

Guest Speaker, former Navy SEAL Al Horner, presenting Craig with a Navy SEALs shirt.

Al Horner and Craig MacIntosh.

Al Horner and Craig MacIntosh.


To find out more about McFadden’s War, check out Craig MacIntosh’s site at: www.cjmacintosh.com

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If you’re a fan of military thrillers, check out his other books as well – highly recommended!

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