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The Tom Cherry Experience

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Blast from the Past: Othello (1997)

In 1997, I submitted a comic strip to the syndicates. It was called Othello. Here’s how I described the strip in my cover letter:

Othello centers around a man named Sol Weatherton, his young nephew, Radcliff, and their “animal companion”, Othello. These three characters try to live in peace under the same roof, but that’s not an easy task. Sol’s orderly manner constantly clashes with Othello’s impulsive and chaotic nature. Sol struggles to raise his nephew right, but Othello’s influence on Radcliff is strong. This never-ending battle for Radcliff’s “soul” will play out in the suburban burg of Waffleville, a town where anything can happen and usually does.”

Of course, nobody snatched it up and I was rewarded with my first batch of rejection letters. More would soon follow.

This was one of the better strips.

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  • In college I made three attempts to do a daily comic strip for the college paper. I only managed to do them because of having all summer to come up with ideas and work on strips in advance. After that I knew I could never make it my vocation.

    By Blogger Postmaster, at 6:45 PM  

  • This is very cool - glad you didn't give up on Waffleville after that, though! Have Sol or Radcliff ever made any cameos in TFI?

    - dale.

    By Blogger SmearySoapboxPress, at 8:17 PM  

  • No, Sol and Radcliff haven't reared their heads in the Idiotverse as of yet. They probably won't either since they have a different visual style than the Idiot characters. I miss Sol though. I might have to come up with a new strip for him someday!

    By Blogger Tom, at 3:53 AM  

  • Jeff Nicholson once told me how liberating it was to put his past project behind him and move on to a new one. While I've never been brave enough to do that fully, it looks like moving from Othello to TFI worked out really well for you-- your TFI cast seems to provide a lot of depth in that strip, going beyond simple gags (though you still nail them, too).

    By Blogger SmearySoapboxPress, at 11:26 PM  

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