My eagle-eyed readers have probably noticed that there has not been a new episode of Zombie Marge go up here at the blog for a couple or three months. No doubt, they are asking themselves, “Hey, what’s the deal with that?!”
The answer is simple, I have not been able to draw the strip. For the last couple of years, I’ve been fighting off increasing pain and numbness in my right arm, caused by some bone spurs in my neck. I could work for limited periods of time, but sitting at the drawing table made it much worse. Case in point, I did the drawing above a few nights ago, twenty minutes in and my right hand is cramping up.
I’ve tried every treatment I could find, chiropractic, steroid shots, etc., but only got temporary relief while the problem got worse. So last Thursday, I went in for surgery on my neck. It’s a couple of days later, I’m home from the hospital, and even though I’m in a great deal of pain in my neck, my arm feels better immediately. It seems that there has been no lasting damage to the nerves. So after a month or so of rest, I should be back at the board, cranking out the adventures of everybody’s favorite unholy curmudgeon, Zombie Marge. Stay tuned.
One of the toughest jobs I have selling comics is describing exactly what SHAM Comics is all about. I can go on and on about how they are based on actual Golden Age comic books that are in Public Domain. I can explain that I remove all the original text and rewrite the stories to be just as wild and satiric as I can make them, all the while still telling a coherent story. I can mention that I rewrite the letter columns and the vintage ads too. I can even claim that the results are hilarious. But, it’s all just talk. The thing that consistently sells SHAM Comics to the unsuspecting masses is reading a copy of the actual book. Once a reader starts a copy, they can’t put it down, and they want more of them.
With that in mind, I’m offering new readers a chance to try one on me. The latest issue, SHAM Comics Splotlite #1 featuring Johnny Sassback, The Smart Ass Detective, is available as a free download from IndyPlanet. Read it at your leisure on your own device. If you find the humor to your taste, order some more. All the regular issues are available in digital and print editions. So follow the link in the left column. Give it a try. What have you got to lose?