Match to Flame 184

Match to Flame 184

Once again, John Byrne has come onboard to grace Funky with his artwork. Chuck Ayers is not a big science fiction fan so I asked John if he would step in for the last week of Funky when the strip makes its final time jump, this time into the future. I couldn’t...
Match to Flame 189

Match to Flame 189

That night over dinner at Gino’s East (the best pizzeria in the Windy City) with my publisher’s family and some of their writers, I laid out my plan my to gain entry to the Sun-Times building (okay, I was the someone) and snag a memento for the bookshelf back at the...
Match to Flame 188

Match to Flame 188

Speaking of dropping shoes as I have a couple of times already, I’ve got one more bit of business to attend to before I close out this introduction. In Volume 8, I mentioned how I’d often find myself signing my band book collections at the Midwest Band and Orchestra...
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Match to Flame 187

From the dusty colors of an Afghanistan village to the moody tones of Funky and Cindy’s marriage coming apart, or the summer heat of a practice field, the colors would become a bigger and more integral part of reflecting the mood in the strip. The colors now looked...
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Match to Flame 186

Another important aspect of the art contained herein is the coloring of the Sunday strips. The hues, handled by Lee Loughridge, and in 2004 by Matt Hollingsworth, also lend themselves to propelling the work forward and become another element in the expression of the...