I have doodled for most of my life, but every so often I came up with a character or a setting that ended up becoming a long running strip. The first strip I can remember writing was in sixth grade, starring “Mister Harry”. He was essentially a hippie looking character (he had long hair and a beard) who was basically abused everywhere he went, but never seemed to notice. For example, he went to the zoo and all of the animals beat him up. He ended the strip exclaiming how wonderful the zoo was.
I wrote The Adventures of George and Herman in eighth grade, better known as “Uh, George?” because that was all the dialogue there ever was. Bad things were always about to happen to bespectacled George and his friend Herman was always pointing them out.
My freshman year in high school was probably my most prolific time. I drew several strips, some longer running than others. Drugbusters lasted the entire year and into my senior year.
When I started college, I tried my hand at newspaper cartooning. My strip didn’t catch on and was cancelled. It was called Above and Beyond.
Since then, I haven’t drawn a continuous strip, though I still draw a page or two, here and there.