Where to start, where to start? How about with Owen Dunne
On March 13, YDK! will celebrate it’s ten year anniversary. Whew!
Yeah, it was on that date in 1997 that YDK first appeared in the pages of the Milwaukee, WI alternative Shepherd Express. Having never missed a week in the paper since then, that’s 520 childhood stories, each edited down into a little four panel comic strip. Add the extra stories and other bits that have appeared exclusively on the web and the total goes up to over 600. That’s a lot.
All the way from some doodlings on the back of an envelope while I was working at a car dealership to an option deal with Fox. Ten years. I think YDK as we know it, has done all it can do.
The ten year anniversary will be ending, but also a beginning. On March 13, 2007, www.youdamnkid.com will re-launch with all new features and an updated version of the comic strip you’ve come to enjoy. Not just a cosmetic change, with new layouts, etc, but a complete overhaul of the whole damn thing. Until then, I’ll be running “best of” strips.
Much as I enjoy The Beevnicks, I’ve always liked YDK better; this is welcome news, and we at Fleen congratulate Dunne, and look forward to the relaunch with eager anticipation.
Next up (by way of Journalista) is the news that American Born Chinese has won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults, from the American Library Association (that would be the same group that doles out the justly-famous Newbery and Caldecott medals). ABC is the first graphic novel to win; it may be noted that MT Anderson‘s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party, which defeated ABC for the National Book Award, was a runner up. We at Fleen congratulate Yang once again for his achievements.
In still more news (slightly belated this time), Andy Bell is celebrating the fifth anniversary of The Creatures In My Head, which is surely worthy of recognition. We at Fleen congratulate Bell, and sincerely hope that he gets the help he so desperately needs.
And, from yet another Ryan that does webcomics:
I’m the guy that does Funny Farm (7th year) and a relatively new comic called Banished! (1 year now). Banished! is a humor-space opera-adventure themed comic that WAS on hiatus, due to artist problems. Now I have an exciting new illustrator that’s taking the comic to a whole new level.
So that’s an anniversary, a new artist, and a return from hiatus, all in a combo-platter or awesome. We at Fleen congratulate Ryan [Smith], and wish him the best with of success with new collaborator Brandon Zuckerman.