Thursday, October 9, 2008

Boomers Song

Seattle Post-Intelligencer cartoonist David Horsey attempted to do a comic strip for Tribune Media Services called Boomers Song, which lasted from 1986 to 1989.

As to what the strip is about is anybody's guess. True, I only looked at a few strips (I looked about 20 of them), but even with these samples I can't get what the characters are. It's apparent that Horsey has little understanding on how to work around comic strips compared to doing an editorial cartoon. So its short life is understandable.


John B. said...

Yes, I remember Boomer's Song, a lame attempt to appeal to a perceived "demographic," namely "upwardly-mobile urban professionals," or something like that. Did it really last for three years?

Unlike Mallard Fillmore, an equally lame and unfunny strip, Boomer could not get by as a "balance" to some other strip.

Good riddance!

Mike said...

Horsey's art has always been far above his writing. It's just not as obvious in a political cartoon, where the ideas are often floating around in the general debate and discussion and simply need a twist. It's easier there to pick up a fairly basic concept, team it with great art and come out with something that stands well above the average. Horsey's strong art allows him to add a lot of silliness that helps him elevate even simple ideas above the fray -- for instance,

But he doesn't have the writing chops to do a strip, where elements of character development and consistency make much greater demands. (It could be argued that he is the anti-McCoy, since Glenn McCoy's comic strip is so far beyond his political panels -- he's a better writer than he is an artist.)

Anonymous said...

I always enjoyed looking at that strip, but not really reading it. The characters were so well drawn.

Reminds me a bit of a Japanese manga, but those are usually more interesting and funny in their plots.

He needs to team up with someone to do the storyline. A comic that looks that good with a good storyline would do exceptionally well.

Basker said...

I read it every single day, as I did all the other strips. I was in my late 20s. I had read each strip every day since I was 5, and had a dream to be a cartoonist. I enjoyed Boomer's Song for the characters. They seemed real to me. I didn't care about funny. I had a crush on Boomer's wife that took a while to go away. I'll agree the writing was probably lame, but I had not noticed. I was a sucker for good drawing.

Don Lee said...

Where Horsey shines is in his characters' faces. One sunday "Song" was used in a book about facial expressions for the artist as an illustration. In the strip, a corporate Lothario is trying to make a move on one of the office women; over the space of six or so panels, she leads him on, slightly downward, toward a rather anticlimactic brush-off.
The gag isn't that great, and the situations stereotypical and smack of an author who has no real affection for his topic, but watching the Lothario's facial expression deteriorate as the woman gradually, painfully, shuts him down is priceless: He starts with a dazzling, self-confident but blatantly insincere smile, targeting his supposed conquest with laser eyes.
The smile stays on the mouth for a couple panels but the eyes and eyebrows go from dumbfounded to downright panicky until, by the last panel, he looks positively stunned and about as crestfallen as you can get with a phony smile just beginning to fall off your face.