Lucy’s presence is evident in nearly all aspects of my life. And… nearly all aspects of my work.
February will mark the 17th year of my doing the strip. Of those 17, Lucy has been part of 11… Making her debut in the strip on September 20, 2008.
I fudged reality just a bit with this… when Lez rescued her from the Humane Society, they named her Dixie. I was the one who chose Lucy. I just liked the name.
From that first meeting, I probably screamed, muttered, growled and said the word “Lucy” several thousands of times.
I always told Lez that when Lucy passes, I will not be well. At. All. Just like Lez when she lost her collie Lady. It’s harder than losing a human family member. I know that seems cruel but it is… and I cannot explain why.
Over the next week or so, I’ll be posting work that are a kind of “Lucy’s Greatest Hits”. Strips, drawings, etc. I’m never going to be the same… that could be good or bad.
Thank you for coming along with me while I work through this.
The “Goodbye Lucy” strips will begin on the week of January 21.
Something has happened. Something that will delay the printing of the 2019 Bob calendar.
My wife gave me an idea.
As you know, I had the cover to the 2019 calendar all set. The only things left to do were the months. Did I want to rush it and just put old art in the spaces? Or, did I want to do all new, never before seen art on each month. I opted for the latter. New art.
But life is crazy… and thinking of 12 new pieces of Bob art on top of everything else, while not impossible, is not something that lends itself to the concept of “Quickly”.
I whine a little. I don’t whine much, but when I do, it’s a good whine. I tell Lez about it… and I ask her: “Bob calendar – what’s the first thing that comes to your mind: GO!”
She says: Bob sunflowers.
I say thanks. I walk away. I think about it. It’s a good idea. It is at that moment I realize why I married her… for an idea on what to do for the 2019 Bob calendar.
So, the good news is that I have a concept. The bad news is that I don’t have to think of 12 ideas for art… I have to think of 13. (New Cover).
Over the course of a week I managed to pencil each month. I finished the inking yesterday. On to color.
Bob’s 2019 Year in Sunflowers will hopefully be available in late November.