Conroy’s Corner from the Archives [comic strip]

I began drawing comic strips when I was in high school. I mentioned The Klutz in my last post. I featured it in my notebooks, notes to friends, and on chalkboards when teachers weren’t around. The Burgess Bros. came next and became a common feature on many unattended chalkboards at my school. Fifi was a French girl from Montreal, Canada who had a passion for watching the Expos play baseball on TV. Her boyfriend, Carl Burgess, was a Navy recruiter stationed in a city I called Big City. (Hey, I was 15.) His brother was a brainiac inventor whose inventions caused crazy adventures that took place in many of my school notebooks.

Super Cluck was my rendition of Super Chicken, a feature on the TV cartoon, George of the Jungle. He was also a klutzy version of Big Bird from TVs Sesame Street, and a member of the Harkem Glove Trompers basketball team, though he rarely played because he hated wearing gloves and was so busy fighting crime. He used to wear a cape but almost hanged himself when he leapt from a rooftop, causing the bad guy (Evil McWeasel) to get away.

The Bullpen was a mature comic strip about a baseball farm team’s group of pitchers that tended to get into trouble with their coach and manager. Think Bad News Bears for grownups crossed with Catch 22 and M*A*S*H without the military locale. Or, imagine all your pitchers behaving like Ty Cobb or the way Babe Ruth did when he was out of the news public’s eye. Even Coach, who was like a father to the guys in the bullpen, had a lot of Pete Rose in him.

The Adventures of Moses featured a high school track star named Moses who was a health nut and an all-American clean-cut kid and his nemesis Flash’t (short for Flash Itt, his name) who was better than Moses was but didn’t take care of himself, like smoking a cigarette and pounding down a beer for warmups before running a track event.

After high school and six years later, I drew Louie and Bruce (a comic strip featured in my last post). I had finished a six-year enlistment in the Navy and had the means to attend college. Conroy’s Corner was born from that venture.

The early strips were 3-panel gags for a monthly newsletter addressed to the “adult students”—a title the college gave students who weren’t fresh out of high school and a way for college officials to segregate them from school activities. I drew many strips about the injustices at that school and the “us and them” attitude there. Most students ignored my protests. I tamed the later strips and eventually only featured sports gags.

The main character, Bruce Conroy, was really Bruce from Louie and Bruce in disguise.

I based the next strip on a true event.

After I graduated college with a BA in art, a local newspaper printed these strips and more. Some of them, yellowed by age, are still on refrigerator doors. I still get a kick when people ask, “Are you the person who drew Louie and Bruce and Conroy’s Corner? Those comics made me laugh.”

And I always grin. It’s fun to laugh. We need to do it more often.

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Steve Campbell

I am an artist and indie-author. I draw and paint wildlife art, draw cartoons, and write paranormal fantasy fiction.

9 thoughts on “Conroy’s Corner from the Archives [comic strip]

    1. You should Steve…they are really good…of course also with these I love them from that period.

  1. Funny cartoons. I was trying to make a cartoon book myself yet had to stop for my own reason. Humoristic work in cartoons is something that lessens the griefs in life just from watching the news alone. I pray I could get a point of view from you of some of my cartoons yet I’m not sure how to upload paper sketches line drawings onto a pc and am unsure if I want to after I had theft of my own work a long time ago on a pc that was attacked by ransomware. Amen, though, you’re a good one!!!!!!!

    1. Theft is an ongoing issue, whether from websites or other media sources. Using watermarks is one way for artists to cut down on plagiarism of their work. I don’t use watermarks, though I should. It’s easy to do with a computer graphics program that allows you to put transparent layers on your work. I use a printer/scanner to scan and upload my paper art and save them in digital formats on my computer. That’s what I did for my Louie and Bruce comics and my Conroy’s Corner comics. Someday, I hope to return to drawing comics. There’s no better medicine than laughter. Thanks for the compliment. I’m glad to know I brightened your day!

    2. I made my own art easel from wood I got out of the garbage. I paint the neighborhood around me. I can’t walk around like I use to because it hurts to stand. I’m not one that uses any form of computer related art work, I’m unsure how to do that anyway. I like painting naturally with a paintbrush on a canvass. I have a few paintings in my room.
      I write with paper and pencil and keep my poems and manuscripts in a normal manila folder. My old desktop gateway pc with ransomware was stolen with my invention that was stolen by some company that was rummaging through my files. My current inventions are a handheld taser I made in a tv repair shop that was meant to charge my battery for my solar power car I made in my dad’s front yard when I was in sixth grade. I built model airplanes and tried to come up with solar powered flight. I wanted to be an airplane pilot and then an astronaut and I got to talk to the test pilot of the AV8B Harrier jump jet. I use to be with the civil air patrol and the experimental aircraft association. I was in high school ROTC and wanted to go USAF yet ended up going Army to be an engineer and build bridges. I was injured on a federal base and now I’m a veteran working with walking canes to get around.
      I use a Chromebook to write and to communicate and I use an old Sears Roebuck and company typewriter where if you press the period the period keeps going yet it give that typewriter personality. I type alarmingly fast even on a flip phone. I have an active mind, I use to be very physically active yet upon the injury, that energy got converted into writing a lot and or sketching and or what have you.
      Internet theft wasn’t so bad until they came out with mobile phones. The thefts are from corporations and from the transfer of inventions made by garage entrepreneurs to other countries to be built. That though are findings from professional investigators in not just America yet parent countries of America as well.

    3. I was starting my own cartoon book, a humorous one though I go through problems that bring me down and I get depressed. I ended up stopping for a long time working on my cartoon book. I was making a narrative with each page too. I don’t have newspaper print paper to draw on so I’m using notebook paper as well as paper you would use for a fax machine or a printer. When I got hacked it affected my mfc-490cw multi-function machine and I had a ton of paper for it, so I was trying to use that. When I had the newspaper print with a magic marker the cartoons looked better.

    4. I like drawing my comic strips on hot-pressed watercolor paper. You can buy it from art suppliers in tablets, individual sheets, and sheets glued to cardboard. I learned this technique from Ferd Johnson who grew up down the road from where I live. He drew the syndicated strip Moon Mullins. You must be careful, though, because the ink takes longer to dry and smears easily before it dries. But it takes magic markers very well, especially Sharpie brand. Charles Schulz, who drew Peanuts, taught with Sharpies when I studied under him for a few months through a correspondence course with Art Instruction Schools. I was 14 and not a very good cartoonist, but he taught me a lot about keeping my drawings simple. Until then, I didn’t know what Sharpie markers were, though they’d been around for around 7 years at the time.

    5. My friend that has his paintings on tv uses sharpies. He is currently working with construction paper. I started a 14 inches by 18 inches painting from my bedroom window of a snow storm showing different heights of snow and how the snow layers in drifts and on and around objects and its subtle shades. The only thing I have to finish painting is an American flag in my back yard.
      I’m impressed by a lot of other artists and what they paint or draw. I paint and or draw what I like if the inspiration arrives. I wasn’t trained by anyone, I have a natural talent to sketch and paint, sometimes I just don’t know how to use the talent I have. I got into drawing from my grandpa. he showed me how to draw a cowboy hat and I’ve remembered it ever since, it was a figure 8 laid on its side then you draw a letter m in the two loops of the figure 8 then just shade it, that is the only thing I was taught by anyone.

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