The Magic of Me began life in October of 2016 on my personal website. There it lived, mostly unconnected to the ramblings below it. After a while, as I stripped more strips and rambled less and less, it seemed odd that “Magic” didn’t have a home of its own. Thus it is we have magicofmecomic.com.
Why am I doing this?
Fair question. Here’s a little back story…
I am old. I grew up (as a child) in the 1970s and -80s. During that kidhood, comicstrips had, I believe, more cultural significance than they do today. Strips like Peanuts, Doonesbury, Bloom County, and Calvin & Hobbes were part of our shared dialogue. There were only two delivery mediums then–newspapers and books–and that’s how we liked it.
Today, I can barely look at a newspaper comic page. The strips aren’t engaging, and the whole page feels like a pale imitation of the thing I enjoyed in my youth. I mean can you name me a modern strip that has the cache of those older ones? The comics page just isn’t a source for water cooler discussion anymore–and rightly so.
I mean, P.U.
I bet you thought this introduction would end as a rallying cry. A credo. A promise that goes something like, “With The Magic of Me, I’ll restore the comic page’s bygone glory!”
Ha. Fooled you.
No, this is just me saying, “I grew up on those old strips and I want to do something that rekindles their spirit”. Do I think “Magic” is in the same league as, say, Doonesbury or Bloom County? Nope. I’m just going for the same vibe. A pinch of nostalgia; a dash of my own sensibility. Nothing more, nothing less.
That’s the plan anyway.
[The image above is a doodle from the 1990s (!). As you can see, I’ve been toying with doing my own strip for a very long time. In the sketch, we have a proto-Paul, a proto-Connie, and proto- versions of two characters you haven’t met yet.]