Welcome to the new and improved #webcomicschat . It’s been a while since I was able to lead the discussion but I’ve got a new plan and I hope you’re along for the ride. On a recent trip to visit my wife’s relatives (quite literally back on the farm) I made an unexpected discovery. One of my wife’s uncles gave me some books he thought I might be interested in. From underneath the farm house in the dingy basement he brought out two books to present to me. These books had not seen the light of day for almost 50 years. They have turned out to be a goldmine of cartooning goodness. You see this uncle, in spite of being a farmer all his life, always had a secret ambition to become a cartoonist. This is an ambition that he’s kept to himself all these years. So back in the early 50’s he signed up for a correspondence course to be trained as a cartoonist. He enrolled in the Famous Artists Cartoon Course out of Westport, Connecticut. The books I now have in my possession are the course manuals replete with drawings, diagrams and pearls of wisdom from cartoonists such as Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff, Al Capp and more. It has been a treasure to read from the books and catch a glimpse of the cartoonist’s mind from that era. My plan for #webcomicschat is to quote from the manuals each week. This will hopefully spark a meaningful discussion that relates to the industry in our day. Be on the look out for a new quote today…