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 Betty’s Bodacious Birds went to college? They sure did! In 1992, I got to have some cartoons published in the newspaper at Georgia State. I had to really, really squeeze everything together to get in there, but I have learned a good bit more about laying stuff out since then. Enjoy my very green, but hopefully funny,efforts.
This shows Chuck T. and Mike in their dorm room! Oddly enough, I don’t see any guitars.
(notice Chuck T. is holding the phone receiver upside down…I also don’t know where Mike’s legs are; I should have drawn them hanging way out the end of the bed. )
This is my beloved Mike Campbell crane doing a “takeoff” run. It was done nearly thirty years ago in Jim McLean ‘s animation class. It is very very rough and you can still see a hitch where I didn’t quite match it up at the end before it re-loops, but I think for a first try at complete straight ahead animation with no knowledge of inbetweens, it’s pretty darned good!
(it’s also a lot of fun to pause it to see my individual drawings)
Stan voices his discontent. This is an older one, where I am still figuring out the layout.
I posted this on the Mike Campbell fanpage on Facebook and got some laughs about Tom standing on Mike’s head.
I have almost got the format tackled: Enjoy this cartoon, inspired by Father’s Day, and featuring Mike’s sweet wife, Marcie. ❤