You never know how people are going to react to the comic strips you write.
I've written strips without any malice in my heart and I've been ripped apart by readers who took offence. I've written strips that I thought would evoke an emotional, political response . . . not a peep. I've written strips that I felt really weren't my best work but had to send them in anyway because of a crushing deadline and been inundated with mail from readers who loved them.
The series of strips I wrote about my Newfoundland grandmother a few years ago sparked a great deal of mail at the time. It was very nice mail . . . from Newfoundlanders identifying with the story line of my grandmother's childhood to questions about possible links to relatives and friends.
Recently, I received a request from Jackie Alcock, an artist who lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She was creating a visual arts piece called "The Buffet Table" representing arts and crafts and women's history. She asked if she could use frames from the grandmother storyline to make "doughboys". It's one of the more unusual requests I've had but I was very pleased that she thought of the story line.
Jackie posted some Youtube video documenting the creation of the Buffet Table. Here's the initial one:
(I tried to embed the youtube video but for some reason can't get it to work!)
Explanation of the Doughboys by Jackie:
Food for The Buffet Table
Doughboys & Story Telling
Doughboys are an excellent traditional food which I used to illustrate both the history of women and the tradition of story telling. When I read the illustrated story by Sandra Bell-Lundy about her Newfoundland grandmother, a story that mirrored many of the lives of young Newfoundland girls at this time in our history, I knew I needed to use it in this project.
Permission was granted to include the Between Friends comic strip in this art exhibit.
Click on these links to see the rest of the Youtube videos:
I think that's all of them!
BTW...I finished up my strips last night about 10:30 and I now have the next three weeks OFF! Now off to shop, wash, iron, pack, etc., etc. I LEAVE ON THURSDAY.