Back in the Dark Ages I published a collection of cartoons (Ungulate Philosophy) that I had drawn over a period of years with the (then) Downhomer Magazine. The strip was based around a small caribou that had wandered into the town of Buchans, NL. The Editor and Founder of the magazine, Ron Young, responded to an inquiry I made wondering if they wanted to take on a cartoon strip. The strip I had in mind was 'Treesn' but Ron wanted a brand new strip about 'Clarence' (that's what the people of Buchans named her before discovering her sex) for the KID'S PAGES.
So, dutifully I scribbled and sketched and erased and drank large amounts of coffee coming up with what would be an 8 panel monthly cartoon strip. Most people have forgotten Clarence now but I thought it might be a nice idea to post those drawings these many years later. As I'm looking at the drawings now I am reminded of how I always wanted to promote Newfoundland & Labrador as I moved from place to place with my day job. There's plenty of Newfoundlandia in the collection.
Here today is the very first strip of 'Clarence the Christmas Caribou'. I hope you get a smile from this one and those to follow!