August 01, 2018
June 28, 2018
OUR vote would be for the artist to quit pretending to be drawing the Nancy strip and venture out on her own. Since this artist took over, Nancy turned into a teenager – with all the angst of being a teen – but none of the fun! If the artists who have been drawing One Big Happy and LuAnn could venture out on their own, this artist should go ahead and follow her inclinations. If she wants to be writing a strip about Teen-Age Wee Pals, she should go ahead, and become courageous enough to launch her own concepts. Let someone who appreciates the rich history of Third Grade Nancy to allow Nancy to return to those childhood years when children still smiled and had fun with their friends.
We once believed that reducing the part which comic strips played in the newspapers was one of the reasons newspapers all over the country were failing. Nancy was launched in the midst of a world-wide Depression and remained third-grade Nancy throughout World Wars, police actions, and epidemics of polio, mumps, measles, whooping cough, scarlet fever, chicken pox and smallpox – to name a few of the illnesses which claimed countless lives every year, and in the days when vaccines were a hope for the future – not a guaranteed presence in our every day lives.
We no longer believe that comic strips could rescue newspapers from the scrap heap – because the comic strips have become just as dismal as the rest of the bad news in he the rest of the newspaper.
If the artist is really only interested in Wee Pals suffering from teen-age angst – then let her find the courage to produce her own strip. That’s what Ernie Bushmiller did when he introduced Nancy. At one point, the artists who gave us Ruthie in One Big Happy and LuAnn found the courage to launch their own strips with their own characters. But if she ever does find the courage to launch her own new characters with their individual personalities – at least consider allowing Teen Wee Pals to occasionally have some fun!
September 24, 2018