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February 6, 2009

ADDANAC CITY COMICS~ Hank’s Dad Sings The Greatest Hits

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10/14/08 A lot of times strip ideas just come to me out of the blue or by ordinary means. In one particular instance, I was preparing for the day, showering, shaving, and whatever, when I turned on the old radio in my bathroom. It was one of those old-school radios with the dial knob that you had to use to tune with. For some reason the radio wasn’t set to my regular station, but I listened to what was on anyway. Pleasantly enough, “Benny and the Jets” was playing. I’ve always had mad respect for Elton John and his plethora of nifty songs.

Needless to say, I started singing along, getting more and more into the rhythm of the song. As the chorus was blaring and I was crooning to the ceiling, I caught sight of my reflection in the mirror and just cracked up laughing! I thought it was so amusing that, here I was, a dude more comfortable belting out Lil’ Wayne lyrics was doing my best (or worst) Elton John impersonation. I was so glad that no one was around to catch me. I imagined Hank being there watching me with fascinated disgust and wondered what that little mischievous tyke would say. Then I took it just a tad bit further and envisioned Hank’s dad singing that song while in the shower. As with most of the ADDANAC CITY comic strips, the ideas just take on a life of their own. I could see Hank wielding a camcorder as he threatened to put Dad on YouTube.

So, yeah, that’s how this strip was born. It was one of my all-time favorites to create and I think it shows in the execution of the art and colors how much I enjoyed working on it.

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January 31, 2009

ADDANAC CITY 10/29/08 Video Vexing

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This is another fan-favorite and one of my personal faves. In this strip, Hank and his dad go to their local video store in attempts of finding the perfect set of movies to rent. As all of us family-folk know, there’s a struggle to find videos that we and the children both can watch. It’s hard to locate a family-movie (PG) that will satisfy grown-up tastes as well as kids’ palates. I think we end up getting the good stuff for ourselves and foisting some dredge on our kids (although the kids’ selection has improved remarkably within the past ten years).

As for myself, I LOVED Superbad. I dunno if I wanna let my children watch it. Coincidentally, they have already seen it because they begged their mom to rent it for them and she had no clue how outrageous it was. Lucky tots (therapy has already been scheduled).

That reminded me of the old days when my family first got a VCR. My parents had no idea that videos had ratings, and that so long as I found a movie that would keep me outta their hair for 90 minutes, they were cool. As a Hank-like adolescent, I took full advantage of that. I rented all of the R-rated stuff, mostly comedies and action flicks. I had a ball watching my lil’ disgusting videos, my parents none the wiser. One of my favorite movie series when I was a kid was “Porky’s”. Those movies totally helped warp my tender, young mind (thanks, guys!). Nowadays, however, movies like Porky’s seem rather tame in comparison to what’s out now. So, I thought it would sorta be fun to have Hank’s dad tell him to pick out one of the classics. Usually, that’s a safe bet. Hahaha! Not this time.

And for those of you who liked Porky’s and films featuring crazy high-school debauchery, please check out Superbad.

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