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"... the local amateur historian who knows the names of all the settlers, remembers all the old storefronts downtown, and laughs about how kids used to swim down at the crick on dusty summer days." You just described about 90% of the members of a Facebook group about my hometown -- including me -- right down to swimming down at the crick.

You'll do fine, kid. Let's hope we all avoid any comments involving Wally Pipp.


Finally, a CSotD worth reading! Just kidding, Mike. Nice job, Brian!


Hello Brian - I think you will do more than just "keep the lights on." Thank you.
You are right on about small towns. I do a comic strip for a couple small town weeklies and, as I try to expand, I hear the "It has to be local" argument which I have to counter with "There are many many more similarities between towns than differences-the differences mostly being the names..." Also in this era of cable TV and the Internet, any residents who are not aware of the larger world are that way by choice so they probably wouldn't get even the local jokes anyway...
I enjoyed "The Last Mechanical Monster" and look forward to reading the other books. Thanks again.


Hi Brian. Glad to have you filling in :)


You are SO right about the Agnes comics. I have loved them since forever. Smart, silly, funny. So underrated that there have been only two compilation books over all these years. Sigh.
Thanks for filling in. I have "Mom's Cancer." Incredible. So, thanks for that, too.

Brian Fies

Thanks for the warm welcome and comments, especially about my comics. Please stick around!

Wally Pipp wuz robbed.


Please do! Thanks. Big shoes to fill, but admirable start.

Jim Short

Welcome aboard Brian.

Mike Peterson

First time on line since tuesday and little energy but if it goes south it likely won't be for a while. Could be whilt before I feel too blabby.

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