Early Peek: Two New Comic Strips Seek Good Homes
Vampires just can't get any hotter in pop culture. We've got the "Twilight" blockbuster/budding franchise. We've got the HBO series "True Blood." We've even got vampires populating "Candorville" in recent days.
"Scary Gary," by Mark Buford ("Meatloaf Night"), has been syndicated by Creators Syndicate since June.
Also newly announced is "In the Sticks," a new strip about an ex-golf pro, by Philadelphia-area freelance illustrator Nathan Cooper.
Universal Press Syndicate won't launch the strip till August. But here are samples that are available now for previewing.
Any early verdicts on these two new features (which are seeking to bloom in a brutal print market)? Fire away.
TODAY'S "TRAIL WATCH":
As "Mark Trail" beats a hot retreat from its ham-handed foray into domestic abuse (Ken and Patty) and undomesticated violence (Ken and Bucky), the strip -- with a case of denial as ginormous as one of its Talking-Mocking Squirrels -- pivots to an insanely chipper storyline. If nothing else, though, today's comic seemingly provides one thing: A look at how young Davy Letterman first got comfortable around the camera. And at last, it IS good to see chaste Cherry Trail get a little physical affection from someone in the family.
Between the amorous ways of Andy and Bucky, there's some serious Subterranean Sick-Home Blues afoot.
| March 12, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
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