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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Waiting for Sluggo

posted by on July 16 at 15:55 PM


Editor and Publisher brings news that Samuel Beckett had a correspondence with Nancy creater Ernie Bushmiller wherein he suggested some Nancy comic strip ideas. Apparently, Beckett was a big Nancy fan and he thought that his existentialism would be perfect for the comic strip. Bushmiller did not agree.

“One letter includes the following: Your gag and strip ideas for Nancy are much appreciated, and I have to say interesting, too. Many readers send me ideas for the strip, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any quite like yours….

“I donít know how well they’re going to work. I think the problem you’re having, Sam, is the same problem any literary man might have. You’re not setting up the gags visually and you’re rushing to the snapper. It seems to me you’ve got the zingers right there at the beginning, in panel No. 1, and although I have to admit you got Nancy and Sluggo in some crackerjack predicaments, I don’t see how they got there.

“For instance, putting Nancy and Sluggo in the garbage cans is a good gag, but in my opinion, you can’t have them in there for all three panels. How did they get there? Same thing when you had them buried in the sand. I like to do beach gags, but I don’t think that having Nancy buried up to her waist in the first two panels and then up to her neck in the third one is adequately explained, and I’ve been at this game for a while now. Also, why would Sluggo be facing in the opposite direction when he’s talking to her?”

I wish that a couple of Beckett Nancy cartoons actually did come out. A lot of Bushmiller’s gag ideas (like the one above) are so stupid that they’re almost smart, or at least they’re profoundly weird. A Beckett Nancy wouldn’t have been that much of a stretch.

UPDATE: I am the stupid credulous fucking hack of the day for taking Editor and Publisher at their word. But I still appreciate any opportunity I might have to put a Nancy cartoon on Slog.

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Hoax. Oh well.

Posted by A | July 16, 2008 3:58 PM

Nancy was the first lesbian that I really felt I knew well.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 16, 2008 4:00 PM


Posted by Andy Niable | July 16, 2008 4:38 PM

Please tell me this is a sign that The Stranger has found a replacement for Underworld.

Posted by Etherite | July 16, 2008 4:47 PM

Not so much a hoax, but certainly fiction. It ran in Hermenaut. Here are the relevant source notes:

Posted by Eric F | July 16, 2008 4:47 PM

Sam? Ernie Fucking Bushmiller called Samuel Beckett SAM?!
We used to read Nancy just to see if it would ever be funny. It never was. These "crackerjack predicaments" could only have helped.

Posted by Gary | July 16, 2008 4:49 PM

Please update this post.
It is things like this that make me turn back to the New York Times as my preferred news source.

Posted by Scott Dow | July 16, 2008 4:49 PM

@7: You're joking, right?

Posted by Paul Constant | July 16, 2008 4:53 PM

All good news is a hoax.

Posted by Superfrankenstein | July 16, 2008 4:59 PM

#8 Yeah, I am joking. I mostly am wavering towards the Tacoma News Tribune's site. I hear that they spell 'lede' in the current, non anachronistic, non "let's pretend we live in the 19th century" form of lead.

Posted by Scott Dow | July 16, 2008 5:17 PM

I was with it until it mentioned putting the kids in garbage cans. Then the light went on.
I should send you a copy of the play I wrote which was a parody of "Happy Days" by Beckett, only featuring Billy and Dolly from "The Family Circus".

Posted by --MC | July 16, 2008 5:19 PM

If only Beckett had lived long enough to form a friendship with Gary Larson of The Far Side. Maybe he would have written a play about cows...

Posted by RainMan | July 16, 2008 6:16 PM

Hell, I believed it.
You do know that Beckett really did write & direct a film starring Buster Keaton? And that Salvador Dali really did write a film script for the Marx Brothers? It's not such a leap to believe that Beckett and Bushmiller collaborated.

Posted by Gurldoggie | July 16, 2008 8:23 PM

A whole series of Nancy & Sluggo porn would be righteous, esp if Sluggo were plowing Nancy doggy style and repeatedly smacking her ass.

Posted by Frank Sinclair | July 17, 2008 9:23 AM

Don't feel bad Paul. I fall for this joke about once a year.

Posted by elswinger | July 17, 2008 6:12 PM

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