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Mark Jackson

So did this obvious fan of Robert Crumb have anything to say about *underground* cartoonist influences?


Not sure it came up, although I think that Sunday Mutts had appeared prior to the interview. (I usually date strips, but didn't date this one.) In any case, you have to remember that I was writing for the general audience, to introduce them to the new strips and reinforce the existing ones. Nothing too esoteric needed.

Mark Jackson

Sure - that's why I thought there might have been a side discussion that didn't make print.


For the most part, the "side discussions" that occurred in the making of this series of profiles were only relegated to the side when they didn't fit within the context of the article. A little "get acquainted" chatter at the beginning, and then a few people kept in touch by email later, but there were only a couple of real discursions during the interviews. For instance, since Jim Davis and I are roughly of an age, I asked about a high school basketball star from (his hometown of) Muncie who had played ball and been a friend at Notre Dame, and it turned out his father had been Davis's phy ed instructor at Ball State. And I had the unsettling moment of Greg Davis stopping mid-interview and saying, "Wait a minute -- are you THAT Mike Peterson?" which made me do a quick mental inventory of the things I might have said about Luann on-line. But the only ones I really chatted with were the ones I'd known before. Beyond that, as Sal Tessio would say, it was only business.

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