Why on earth I had the dumb idea to put the ‘Birds in college, I have no idea. But there you go. Chuck’s not real focused on his lessons, but on what to do after class.
I guess I tried to make my cartoon relatable to readers at the time.
There was no set model for Lucille, but her name does come from the character Ellen Barkin played in the movie Made in Heaven, in which she appears with Tom in his amazing cameo.
Here’s an old, old ‘Birds cartoon. It seems like Chuck T. was writing a diary?
This is my first pass at drawing Dana; please forgive! it is so HARD to make a glamorous blond woman into a little hen!
In college, when my mind wandered in class,I would often draw my ‘Birds.
Chuck T., Otis, and Spike ponder what to do after a baseball mishap.
My pal from high school, Rebekah, or Bekah as most people call her, has seen it all, regarding me and my creative endeavors. And she was there at the beginning when the ‘Birds first came along. I scribbled lots of little drawings for her in notebooks we passed back and forth in school, and on letters we sent all through college.
We’ve been Tom Petty fans together through all the ins and outs and ups and downs, losses of band members and additions of new ones, good albums,sad songs, you name it. So if there’s anyone else on the planet who knows the ‘Birds really well, it’s her. Happy Birthday, dear friend, from our Little Red Rooster and Big Shy Bird(Who I also switched back to his original beak and foot coloring).
Here’s Bekah and me on a trip to Panama City Beach with her family. I have just gotten Chuck Rooster airbrushed on a shirt, which I am wearing!
Did you know that Chuck T. Rooster once met Oscar the Grouch, and Oscar said he was a “good looking turkey”?
Well, it happened!