December 2014

“After keeping my hand in, some months, on eight single critter pics, art only visible in my Facebook album, last month and this I’ve inked pages 2 throo 5 of the aforesaid Puzz Fundles story. An eight pager featuring this character, altogether minus the nurse garb, Mudda Mudda.

Also had to change modems and lost the last of our old rotary dials. C’est la phon.

The string and oatmeal box just couldn’t take it anymore.”

— Rick Grimes 3/18/016

October 2014

“My first computer crash,  Halloweeneen.

Obviously old new news, else i couldn’t be posting it this date.

And, no, I didn’t lose too much, ultimately. (Thanks to Ryan, WeTransfer, and a cloud service).

A tip, tho’: don’t leave email in your Inbox. At least move it to ‘Local Folders’!”  –rg  3/016

July 2014

“Transfer from the founding website tentatively begins, to this here one right before you.

There wasn’t much sense in posting the unfortunate news there, thence. Besides, as can be garnered from immediately previous posts, we were behind on art & personal news as well.

And soon to be locked out of the host program in any case.

All that can be said about the old site’s disappearance has already been said here on the ‘Walk’ about pages.

Hoping this site lasts awhile longer than its sire.”  –rg 3/8/’016

May 2014

“Page one of my Puzz comic’s second (but closing) story all but completed. It was good to land on my feet right after finishing the previous one, and start the next. But, loved it so much, I sort of froze up for a few months. It happens.

You wonder how it emerges out of you at all. And if you can do as well again.

I dunno, but I’ll give it my best.”

{Read on, a few posts along}. –rg 3/18/016

March 2014

“I began another new Puzz Fundles story, as a marker test, in the spring of 2012, two & three the only pages then ‘completed’.

At the general invitation in August, 2013 of hizzonah, Tim Goodyear, who publishes in Portland, Oregon, I decided to complete it, creating the opening page, then four throo six, in the latter months of that year.

It’s finished now (3/31/’014), to the tune of some ten pages (yay!) of what I tried to make some of my better work recently, while pleased to find I’m still capable of it.

It was good to get back to real humor work again. And to try to ink clearly. (Most of the time).

I believe it is quite funny, but of course, that’s a comedic no no to telegraph ahead.

'dust up' pg 4  crop (pnl 4)

Artwork: A sample ‘premise’ panel from “Dust Up in 33Q”, © 2016 Rick Grimes.

  “Sorry, there’s no pages to link to here. They aren’t available yet.

The rest of this all Puzz Fundles comic is still in progress. Or will be soon.

We want to keep it mostly under our hats, in these days of fleeting audience focus, so you’ll just have to wait.

But, please check this news scroll for future related notes.”   — Rick Grimes  3/8/’016

{Another story is indeed complete now. See forthcoming ‘015 post} –rg

February 2014

“After a dismaying four month rollick only she, especially, and I shared, my sister (and only sibling) died this month within hours of the same day as our mother did six years before. And again, in this very room where I type this.

I will spare the details of her quite unexpected departure. She was a private person, more solitary than even I, if that’s conceivable. I barely know you myself.

“There’s no way to describe what connects you to the one other person on earth who shared some of the same experiences and circumstances. We had very differing personalities in some significant ways. But  creativity was something we both understood, and the unique onus it puts on you from childhood onward. Plus, she understood my jokes: not an insignificant thing.

We also lived in the same house for decades. Her friendship, tacitly abiding love, and proximate influence will not be replaced. She was never derogatory to me personally, which as a ‘card carrying’ mean little brother I can’t always say I reciprocated. In a few of our earlier days, anyhow. Such are the unfair vagaries of childhood male peer pressure, and not knowing yourself when you’re growing up. But, we were also often, & quite naturally beyond all that, both then and later.

She loved films, painting, music, and literature, and raised the cultural bar a bit for both me and my mother as we veered naturally & inevitably, if not always happily, toward the lowbrow. But she, too, enjoyed some of the same things we did. We had many laughs, and had frequent enough gab surges to cover as many mysteries, both stellar and pedestrian, as we could manage.

“Yes, she had a major project, that I now become shepherd of (in addition to the many of my own), and am getting gradually acquainted with.

I hope, as I always did, that it will come together for her.”  –Rick Grimes  12/29/’015

Nancy's crown

Art by Ernie Bushmiller. Fair use only claimed.

December 2013

“My bounced-far-off-the-wall story “When ‘Comeback’ Was a Dirty Word” , yet another wtf conflation of figures real and non, is readable in full for free at friend Jim Lopez’ Antique Children. It’s riding in the Satirical Blunders issue this time, along with a lovely (if I do say so myself, and I do) back cover by me, esquire. {I’ve reposted it here, on site, as well, since it’s such a rarity for me}.

Bromos back cover crop

Artwork: c. 2013 Rick Grimes

For those few that remember my characters (see the Home page, bottom of it’s scroll), The Bromomaniaks, they make a fulsome, ‘camera’ hogging appearance amidst the other principals. You must see them.

My usual elaborations, this time of my ‘Comeback’ tale’s background, are in the new Stories (Pub’d ‘013-…) section, on this here webber sight.

“This is a print on demand book, folks. So if you like what I do, don’t put off buying one forever, counting on someday running into one in the discount bins. Almost none exist. And they won’t, if no one orders one. Jim and his pals do a great job on every issue. My friend Banci is in it, too.

It’s as close to an edgy, high falutin’ literary/art mag as I’ll likely ever set foot in.”  –RG  9/10/015; 1/14/016