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Sally Forth – Drop Panels

Comic Strips are formatted different ways for different size requirements. The “drop panel” is a panel or tier of the strip that can be omitted because of size restrictions without affecting the gag or storyline.

For example, Here’s today’s Sunday strip (June 9, 2013) as it appears on Daily Ink and in many papers.

06.09

And here is the black and white version with the drop panel.

2013.06.09


For those readers who haven’t seen them, here’s a spotlight on last month’s Sally Forth drop panels.

Side note: They’re black and white as I don’t have access to the color files.

2013.05.05

June 5, 2013
May 5, 2013

2013.05.12

June 12, 2013
May 12, 2013

2013.05.19

May 19, 2013
May 19, 2013

2013.05.26

May 26, 2013
May 26, 2013

2013.06.02

June 2, 2013
June 2, 2013

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Addendum:

The standardized system to format strips for newspapers was devised years ago by King Features’ Comic Art Production Supervisor, Frank Chillino (1920-2007). It helped streamline the process saving countless hours of production time (and money) for King.

Jim Keefe - Frank Chillino - Jerry Craft
Jim Keefe – Frank Chillino – Jerry Craft

Frank Chillino was my boss when I first started at King – One of the greats! The above pic is from the 1993 King Features Christmas party in New York City. For those interested, the following link is an interview from when he retired back in 1991. As mentioned in the post, it pretty much encapsulates the history of the syndicated newspaper strip, as Chillino was one of the key players…

King Features – Frank Chillino

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The Chronicles of Nona

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Art: Craig MacIntosh (earlier strips) and Jim Keefe (most recent).


To borrow from Lee Falk,
For those who came in late…

The breakup…

2012.11.15

2012.11.16

2012.11.17


Holiday cheer…

2012.11.29

2012.12.04


After the holidays, a less than stellar reunion…

2013.01.09

2013.01.10

2013.01.11

2013.01.12


Missing a beat…

2013.01.21

2013.01.22

2013.01.23

2013.01.24

2013.01.25

2013.01.26


Things go from bad to worse…

2013.01.28

2013.01.29

2013.01.30

2013.01.31

2013.02.01

2013.02.02


Depression sets in…

2013.02.12


Trying to make sense of things…

2013.02.25


Parents are consulted…

2013.03.04


Constant reminders…

2013.05.02


THEN OUT OF THE BLUE…

2013.06.01


    Is Nona back to stay or just back to have her say?

    Will Hil apologies in a way that only makes things horrendously worse?

    And if so, CAN FAYE STOP HER IN TIME?!

For the answer to these and many more questions,
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK.
SAME SALLY FORTH-TIME, SAME SALLY FORTH-CHANNEL!

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Sally Forth at MCAD

I got a kick out of drawing today’s Sally Forth strip (4/5/2013) as I’ve had “those moments” as a teacher – where you’re completely NOT connecting with the students. The writer, Francesco Marciuliano, hit the nail on the head with this one.

2013.04.05

As such, I couldn’t help but populate the second panel with a bunch of students from where I’ve most recently taught – the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

MCAD

1st Row (Foreground):
Caitlin Skaalrud and Amaya Goldsmith.

2nd Row:
Mandie Brasington, Jack Kotz and Jay Rasgorshek.

3rd Row:
Jaime Willems and actual character from the strip.

4th Row:
April Kasulis, Ben Tye, Lindsey Hall and Mr. Croptoff.

As I mostly taught Comic Art at MCAD (what other kind of art is there?) I’m including a link to the MCAD Comic Art Tumblr so you can see some of the incredible work they’ve been up to.


On a side note, all the students pictured are now copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. Just saying…

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Sally Forth – Passing the Torch

As many of you have already heard, I’m the new artist of the Sally Forth comic strip. My name has been on the dailies since March 11th, and even though I drew the strip for this past Sunday (3/31/2013), that was the last one overseen by cartoonist Craig MacIntosh and bears his name.

03.31

Back story: A few years ago I connected with Craig and began working as his assistant inking and coloring the Sally Forth Sunday pages. When Craig decided to retire last year I worked up some samples (under Craig’s watchful eye) which were then submitted to King Features Syndicate. After navigating the proper channels the word was given from on high – editorial approval – and I was given the green light

I can’t say enough about how great it was working with Craig. He’s the consummate professional who makes the incredibly stellar work he does look easy – a great friend and mentor.

Craig Macintosh
Craig Macintosh

He’s currently turned to writing. His two most recent books are The Fortunate Orphans and The Last Lightning. I was able to make it out for the launch party for The Last Lightning and posted about it last fall.


Francesco Marciuliano
Francesco Marciuliano

Sally Forth is currently written by bestselling author, cartoonist and writer, Francesco Marciuliano. He was handed the baton by Sally Forth’s creator, Greg Howard, when Greg decided to retire from the strip back in 1999.

I found a great interview with him on the Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show where he talks about his work on Sally Forth (below).


I was a fan of the Sally Forth comic strip long before coming on board, so I truly lucked out as far as being able to collaborate with Francesco. In addition to being a 15-year veteran on the strip, he knows the characters inside and out – which as far as I’m concerned makes the humor strike closer to home.


Warning: Unabahed plug time.

If Sally Forth isn’t in your local paper, you can check it out online at…

A yearlong subscription to all of King Features’ comics (new and vintage) plus a year’s archive for every single strip is a pittance at $19.99 a year. Unsure? Try a 7 day trial subscription for free.

Unabashed plug officially over.


Going to wrap this up now as deadlines are looming.

see you in the funny papers…