This weeks officially marks Charmy’s SECOND consecutive year in print. It feels like yesterday when my little ants debuted in The Weekly Bulletin in Brazoria County. Charmy debuted on my birthday, so it was super special. I had already had two print runs prior to this, but running in The Weekly Bulletin was different, marking the true beginning of dream.
Previously, I ran in two other newspapers. The first newspaper to run my comic strip was The Weekly Impact in Nigeria. I had an eight month run before the paper folded. I had a big audience from Nigeria who came over to my Facebook page and my website. I did not get payment for my contribution to the paper because I was just thrilled at the time to have my comic strip published.
The second newspaper was called The Funny Pages of Cape Cod. The paper only lasted a few issues before they folded. The paper was a great concept. The local support was just not there for the publisher. If the newspaper would have succeeded, I would have had my first paying gig. The concept was to produce a weekly paper full of comic strips and humorous articles. The concepts was great, but the business end was not. In order for this to work so everyone would be paid was to have the paper filled with ads to help pay the cartoonists and writers for the paper.
I had a concept for an online parody magazine similar to Mad Magazine which I was about to run ninety miles an hour on back in early 2016 based on the previous concept… but without ads. The magazine was to be called “FAIL!” and would feature guest cartoonists in every issue. I also planned on spotlighting syndicated cartoonists with one on one interviews. Once The Weekly Bulletin picked me up in March of 2016 though, the magazine was shelved for the time being. I still may launch it in a few years if Charmy never gets nationally syndicated. Time will tell, and as I said, time flies so it may happen sooner than anyone realizes.
So, again, time flies. My youngest son has two more soccer games left and 15 years of watching him grow into this amazing athlete has been so much fun. My oldest son also played for 15 years and gave me just as much joy. Both were incredibly talented at the sport, as well as basketball. Zachary is in college and soccer is years behind him. Travis is a senior in high school and there are two games left in the regular season. They have just two games left… unless they overtake Clear Creek for fourth place and extend the season into the playoffs. Travis’ high school is just one point behind Clear Creek and the last game of the season is against…. Clear Creek. The possibility is there to extend the season… but it is just a matter of “time” and a huge part of my family’s life will be over. I coached both of their city teams for 16 seasons…. so it was a HUGE part of our lives…. HUGE…. and when it IS finally over, I can assure you I will not take it well. Plan on crying like a baby…. lol.
Savor every minute of everything you do, every second of your day. Make every breath count. I am now committed to putting that same love and care I gave to my kids to my dream. Be prepared for more comic books, more show appearances, more hard work… and finally, one day, syndication nationally through either Go Comics, King Feature or Creators Syndicate. One of them will have to wake up and see how successful this comic strip is becoming.
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