Dostlar Arasinda means “Between Friends” in Turkish. (Dostlar = Friends and Arasinda = Between)
Below is a photocopy of a very early (about 1994-95) Between Friends strip that appeared in a Turkish newspaper. My sales rep sent me the original but unfortunately, it was lost in a house move. The good thing is I made photocopies of it. I have no idea why I did this but I’m glad I did. (Between Friends no longer appears in Turkey)
I have no idea what the strip says…my memory isn’t that good. I think it was something to do with how ineffective no-smoking sections are in restaurants. But… I still get a kick out of seeing the word balloons written in the Turkish language. Translations for strips are done by the foreign newspaper.
Poor Maeve and Susan…yikes…check out those hair styles!
I have donated 5 copies of my book, “Hello, Daughter” to the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning indiegogo campaign. I’ll sign and do a doodle too.
These copies are only available until APRIL 11, 2014 @ 11.59pm PT
This book is out of print and the only copies left are from my own limited supply.
The book is a collection of all the strips pertaining to Harv and Susan’s struggle with infertility and the adoption of their daughter, Emma. Included in the book are the background influences behind certain strips as well as reader response.
The above strip was written in 1997. Here is the added background inspiration for this strip:
My doctor asked me one time if I would draw a cartoon about fertility for him. I wrote the above strip for him and eventually used it in my “Between Friends” story line.
In the original version of this strip, I used the word “sperm” instead of “sample”. This was the only time I was censored by my syndicate editor. I was told they would prefer it if I tried to make my point without saying “sperm” but would agree to my using it if I couldn’t (make my point otherwise). As it turned out, it wasn’t a problem to change it. I think the message is clear.
Click here to go to the Kenosha web site.
If you live anywhere near Kenosha, Wisconsin, there is an amazing comics festival coming up in September…”The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning”. There are a MULTITUDE of cartoonists giving presentations PLUS two…count ‘em…TWO gallery shows of original cartoon art. And even better…the events are all free to the public…so all you gotta do is get yourself there! The details are right here at The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning web site. Okay…now for those of you who are cartoon-lovers but just can’t get there, you can support the festival through their Indiegogo campaign. There are all kinds of pledge levels to choose from…from limited edition Kenosha coins to signed books to signed original comic art. Take a lookie right here for the Festival Indiegogo campaign.
Here are my memories as one of the speakers at the inaugural Kenosha Festival: