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Puck originally started as a university newspaper comic way back in the prehistoric days of 1998. It was reborn in 2011, and is now running weekly, in color. You can see the original run of eighty strips AND the new colour strips all here!
This strip is #3 in a series dating from my university days. Puck ran for three full years in the Silhouette, McMaster University’s student newspaper.
I kind of thought twice about posting this one, but I don’t really have a choice because it’s crucial to the plot setup. My hesitation stems from the fact that this strip is possibly the LEAST FUNNY STRIP IN THE SERIES. It was one of those ‘Dang, it was funny when I wrote it’ things, but few people seemed to share my opinion, and it’s definitely the strip that fell flat with the largest number of people. Like I said before, I was still getting my groove.
This also represents one of my few attempts to ‘shake up the panels’ and do anything beyond the standard, symmetrical three or four panel layout. Again, this was a bit of a failed experiment.
This strip (along with strips 1, 2 and 4) constitutes my ‘sales pitch’ package that I used to sell the Puck concept to the Silhouette. (The Sil, by the way, was a fairly high-profile student newspaper as far as student newspapers went, and they didn’t accept any old garbage.) I can’t believe I was using THIS material to hook readers. Oh well. The head editor looked supremely confused when I showed him my stuff, but he shrugged and ran it ‘on a trial basis.’ Thankfully, that trial basis carried right through my entire undergrad.