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I am so very pleased with my painting for the Gallery Show in Keller, Texas! Frenchy looks amazing. I am getting more comfortable painting with each completed piece. Charmy took a few days to paint. Weaver also took a few days. Frenchy took just a day. Turtle is close to being completed and he also took a full day to paint once his painting gets the last few hours worth of work on those glasses and his shirt. Then, I justy have the Monkey to complete. Flimp will take another full day. I am going to complete these with NO time to spare.
Once again, I am bringing a little holiday cheer with my comic strip. For the next few weeks, I will bring you a little story starring Frenchy. I wanted to write a mini story that is a bit twisted… and unlike anything else you have seen in the newspapers before. Sadly, sense I am not syndicated daily, I am only presenting a story that is three strips long. Hopefully next year I will finally be syndicated and I can bring everyone a two week, 12 strip long epic holiday story.
I have received more support this year from my readers than I have received over the course of the past 10 years. Your personal messages with words of support have been pouring in nearly every day. The expressions of love and appreciation at my comic con appearances has been awe inspiring. It was only three years ago I came off a huge monetary loss, appearing at show after show where no one knew who I was…. and I was ready to throw in the towel. Hard work pays off. I was relentless, pressing on, and I found an audience growing like a wild fire with each passing show. Flash forward to 2019 and I have turned a profit at EVERY show. I have even appeared at a few very bad shows this year, and I still pulled a profit at each one.
Ten years ago, while working at Funtastic Toys in Houston, I doodled this little ant on my lunch break. Charmy’s Army was born. I wanted to develop a drawing style similar to Pearl’s Before Swine when I was developing this new comic strip about a troop of army ants. I had perfected a style for my comic strip called Okrapolis, but that drawing style did not seem to get any attention. It was time for a change so I ripped off Stephan Pastis’s style… doing a rather poor version of his style I might add. For two years I struggled with a style that was no reflection of “who I am”. After two years, I slowly morphed Charmy and the gang into the look and feel you all know and love now.