Dialogue…More or Less

There are some Sundays that call for less dialogue.  Take a recent one, for example. Dawn has gotten her life in balance again, spreading her energy among time with Harlan, her school work, her father, and her friends.

MarybikesHere’s another example from the Olive Taylor story a few years ago.  Mary rescues Olive from drowning.  Sundays can be a great showcase for an artist’s sequential work.

MarysavesOliveWhen I write a Sunday strip, I keep in mind that some readers only see the Sundays and not the dailies because some print newspapers only carry “Mary Worth” on Sundays.  That’s true also for the dailies.  Some print newspapers only carry “Mary Worth” Monday through Saturday.  With the different types of readers in mind, I pace stories in a way that allows for CLARITY.  While I try to write a Sunday strip that appears fresh and appealing for the readers who see the Sundays AND the dailies, I have to keep in mind that some readers follow either ONLY the Sundays, or ONLY the dailies.

Sometimes that means writing less dialogue and more descriptive scenes, which satisfy readers of dailies and Sundays with something new, and yet also inform the Sunday-only readers with what’s going on.

June Brigman Will Draw “Mary Worth” Sundays!

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Artist June Brigman will draw “Mary Worth” Sundays starting with today’s strip!

June Brigman has enjoyed a long and varied career as a cartoonist, drawing such comic book titles as Alpha Flight, Supergirl, and Star Wars. She is the co-creator (with Louise Simonson) of the Power Pack series from Marvel Comics, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Assisted by her husband inker/colorist Roy Richardson, she also illustrated the Brenda Starr comic strip for 15 years, and has drawn many educational comics, as well as doing freelance illustrations for Horse & Rider magazine. June teaches part time in the Sequential Art Dept. at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta branch.

Her online portfolio can be seen at www.ArtWanted.com/juneart.

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Everything But His Faith

This week Mary and Olive encounter a homeless man who is holding a sign that says, “Lost Everything But My Faith.”  I was inspired to write this after seeing a homeless man on the street who held up a sign with those words.

Perhaps you have encountered a homeless person and felt the same tug that Mary and Olive did when they saw him.  Perhaps you were compelled to help.  Help can come in the form of a kind word, an offering of food, or an article of clothing…not just money.

MaryWorthdaily1516The next time you feel that tug, consider if you have something to give.

Mary Worth Crosses Paths With…

While Mary’s in New York City visiting friends, she shares a cab with Heloise, the daughter of THE PHANTOM!

Mary’s in the city to see her friend Olive.  Heloise is in the city to check out The Briarson School as a prospective student.  Their paths magically cross, like comic strip ships in the night.

Notice the amulet that Heloise wears around her neck.  It’s The Phantom’s mark of protection.

In “Mary Worth”:

MWC20151104-(2) copyMeanwhile in a parallel universe…

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The worlds of Mary and of The Phantom are existing in parallel universes for a brief amount of time!  Cue “The Twilight Zone” music!

Art Outside Of Mary Worth

Over the years, Joe has done some beautiful oil paintings outside of his Mary Worth work.

When he was growing up, his father didn’t want him to become an artist.  He was worried his son wouldn’t be able to make a stable living out of it.  But the fire to create art was inside of Joe and could not be contained.  He drew all over his schoolbooks during class making his teacher scold him again and again.  Finally his principal spoke to his parents and told them, you better send Joe to art school.  So his father relented and Joe eventually went to the High School of Industrial Arts.  Years later when his father became ill, Joe wanted to do an oil painting of him.  He would visit him and steal secret looks at him to gather details.  His father would ask, “why are you looking at me like that?”  But Joe wouldn’t say.  When the painting was done, Joe gave it to his father which made him do something Joe had never seen before.  It made his father cry.

Here’s the painting that Joe did of his father Alfonso Giella:

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Joe’s painting of his wife Shirley:

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A clown painting by Joe:

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And here are some pencil drawings that I did years ago.

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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde