Saturday, May 11, 2013
ORDINARYMAN in the 1990's
I figured it was way too early in the project to get into thorny financial issues so I went off and created 22 individual strips showing Ordinaryman's activities at home and work. When I arrived at the Lompoc Record with the completed strips, the lady involved was unavailable so I left them with a secretary. After some time passed and I didn't hear anything, I called but this lady wasn't available again. The secretary told me that I could by and pick up the samples so I knew this project wasn't going anywhere. At least she didn't get them for free.
Posted by Art Binninger's BONUS FEATURES at 8:05 PM
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Like most aspiring cartoonists, one of my early projects was a superhero parody inspired by my cousin Peter. Now here's where it gets complicated. Around 1968, my cousins Peter and Steve would come down to visit us from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. My parents would haul us up there as well, usually in the summer or Christmas time. During one visit, Peter did some sketches of a character he called Ordinaryman. I got a laugh out of the idea and upon returning home, developed it further. There were villains and Ordinaryman's worthless sidekick (not getting a formal name but obviously based on myself). I filled several spiral-bound sketch pads with their adventures and did one story in black and white for school. My art teacher had a guest speaker who worked in some facet of publishing and he got excited over the story and wanted to see if anything could be done with professionally. That was the last I saw of the story and this gentleman. Before the guest disappeared, I informed Peter in a letter that Ordinaryman might see print. He panicked and told me that the character was based on an underground comic that his brother Steve had. When Peter tried to track it down to see how much my take on the character differed from the orginal, his mother had thrown the comic away due to certain vulgar features aside from Ordinaryman.
Posted by Art Binninger's BONUS FEATURES at 7:24 PM