Why write/draw about stuff that happened more than 50 years ago? Why would people beyond my friends and family care about the events I’ll be recalling in Sleeper Ave., the new webcomic I’m working on?
Because the past informs the present. We are what made us, and I grew up in interesting times. Waco, Texas, in the mid-fifties and early sixties was a microcosm of the rapid social and economic changes this country was experiencing. In some ways, because of the deep political and religious conservatism of the region, the post-post World War II era was perhaps more wrenching and deeply felt here than elsewhere.
Our tiny frame house on Sleeper Avenue was no different than the thousands of new homes that veterans returning from the war built for their young families, and our used car, prone to breakdown as it was, was what Dad could afford as he built his business. Throughout my a cartooning career, I’ve always held to the notion that my experiences were anything but unique; that tapping my memories and my emotions meant engaging those of my readers, too. If I tell these stories well, I’ll tell not just my story, but the story of those times, and the story of how we became who we are now.