Sunday, July 24, 2016

REX MORGAN 7-11-16 to 7-24-16

Two weeks worth of REX in this post. The comics in the attic story wraps up, for now. We'll get back to Buck and the Harwoods Sr. and Jr. at some point, but for now we're shifting gears and wrapping up plot threads left unresolved by the previous writer.

In the 7-17 Sunday, Kelly confirms what Holly told her at the museum gala -- and we're left wondering what Dolly Pierpont is really up to.

I'll confess here that Rene Belluso is not my favorite character in the strip. He's out the window in the second Sunday strip here, and I'm happy to see him go. Though as some have pointed out -- by revealing that he's not quite what he seemed and didn't even really look as he presented himself (the Walter White/Heisenberg look is on purpose -- just me having some fun) I've now made him a compelling character in the moment that I'm ejecting him from the strip...! Well -- maybe he'll be back someday, if I can find something interesting to do with him. But no more art lessons from him for li'l Sarah.

To answer one question from a reader -- how could Hank Sr. have tutored Rene, when Rene said he was trained in Italy? Well -- would you believe everything Rene told you? We only have his word as regards his background -- and I wouldn't trust an admitted forger to be telling me the truth about anything.

As for the gangsters who show up looking for Rene -- the fellow in white is (visually) based on the great cartoonist, Alex (FLASH GORDON) Raymond -- and the big bruiser in the pinstripes is inspired by the classic B-movie character actor Mike Mazurki.  We'll be seeing more of them in the strips that follow these.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

REX MORGAN 7-4-16 to 7-10-16

This week we continue to move the comic book story along, as Buck shows he's already making connections with top collectors. Thursday's strip is a shout out to a real life collector of horror/monster memorabilia, who also happens to be one of my favorite movie directors. I'll let you figure it out from there.

Saturday's strip hints at events yet to come.

Sunday recaps recent events in the strip -- but also suggests that there may be changes ahead....

Thursday, July 7, 2016

REX MORGAN 6-27-16 to 7-3-16

The museum gala continues. After focusing on the comics in the attic storyline for a while, we switch gears back to Sarah, Dolly and the museum. Holly was introduced as a museum employee in a Sunday page back in June of 2014. We spent an entire Sunday page establishing her -- and then she was never seen again. I thought she was too appealing a character to disappear forever, so I brought her back for this sequence, and have plans for future appearances. Here's one panel from that introductory Sunday page.

Holly spills the beans regarding some of Dolly Pierpont's secrets. There will be much more to this -- but you'll have to keep coming back to find out just where this is going. As always, you can follow the strip every day at the Comics Kingdom website -- and a (cheap!) subscription gets you access to a decade of archived strips, and your favorites -- new and classic -- emailed to you every day. Please consider signing up, will you? It's a great way to support the cartoonists whose work you follow.

The story over the next few months will shift back and forth from the comics plot line, back to Sarah and Dolly, then more with Milton, Heather and Jordan -- and yes, Rex doing his doctor thing.  I have plenty of story material planned out -- but can only do so much in each individual strip. So if you're wondering what happened to so-and-so, or why haven't we seen such-and-such lately -- well, stick around, folks, we'll get to it all.