I know the odds are long on this, but if there’s someone out there chilling to some John Denver right now then you’re set because that’s the soundtrack I had in my head when I put this page together. Something breezy and outdoorsy and retro. Go ahead. Spotify those mellow jams.
Our story so far: It seems some time ago a naturalist stumbled upon a totem pole that UTOB readers should be familiar with (pp 19, 37). And it seems like this naturalist resembles someone seen in a Polaroid photo discovered in the possessions of a solitary sasquatch. Discovered, as you know, by a lost dog who’s desperate to get home. Why am I reminding you of all this? Because we’re going to take a short break from Bigfoot and Scout and follow this flashback for a while to see where it leads us. Told you things were gonna get weird. Will this little diversion answer any nagging questions you’ve had about Bigfoot? Could be. But remember, wherever this leads us, it’s all about enjoying the journey.
One last thing I want to mention. This weekend my handlers will be strapping me into a tuxedo and dropping me off at the Reuben Awards. They call them “The Oscars of Cartooning.” As you may know, Untold Tales of Bigfoot is up for Best Online Comic, Longform and I really couldn’t be more thrilled. That said, I have no expectations of winning, but I’m still grinning ear-to-ear about being nominated in the company of two other fantastic webcomic creators.
One of my fellow-nominees is Pat Lewis, friend and creator of Muscles Diablo, a comic about a tough guy battling his way through the seedy underworld of organized monsters. Not mobsters– monsters. It’s fun and family-friendly and if Pat wins the award I’ll be the first one on my feet for the standing O.
My other fellow-nominee is Meredith Gran, creator of Octopus Pie. This is a long-running webcomic about twenty-somethings in Brooklyn navigating their way through life and relationships . It’s a fantastic comic with a huge following that I’ve read and enjoyed (though it’s not for kids) and Meredith is equally deserving of this award.
So there you have it. Three comics up for a prestigious award and I love all three of them. Sure, I’m partial to Untold Tales of Bigfoot, as many of you readers might be, and I’m thankful for all the support you guys have given me. You’re all part of the reason UTOB has gotten as far as it has. But if I don’t get to go up on stage and make a speech, I’ll still be thrilled just to be there. There are four or five other Pittsburgh artists up for awards that night PLUS friday we have cartoonist karaoke in the lounge and I’ve been practicing my Elvis routine. Reuben or no, it’s all about enjoying the journey. : ) -v
Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear what you think of the comic. Just remember, Untold Tales of Bigfoot is for grown-ups and kids. So let’s keep the comments appropriate.