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Great story! There's SO MUCH I didn't know about you when we worked together! 😄 I wish I had - I would have reached out more, but I never wanted to be intrusive. I figured you were always super busy. I had no idea back then that you loved to draw and write -we have so much more in common than I ever knew. Did you know that I have my own comic strip that I do as part of my own newsletter? I love the Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, and Bloom County - enough that I also always wanted to do something in that medium. ☺️ I feel, reading your emails, that I'm getting the chance to know you that I missed out on back when. I'm sorry I didn't have the courage to take better advantage of the opportunity back then.

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Hey, Mike. We all have our private life stories and we all tend to focus on ours more than others. I tend to be very quiet about what goes on in my life and figured this Substack thing could give people insight and, maybe, help younger artists see it's not all that easy.

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My dream of being a syndicated cartoonist ended after reading the book, “Your Career in the Comics”. It was a stark, unflinching look into the world of syndicated cartooning as told by cartoonists. For a long time I regretted reading that book. But now I’m glad I did. I wouldn’t have cut it as a syndicated cartoonist.

Much respect to you, Chris!

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Thanks, Shelby. As with any creative business, whether cartooning, music, movies, TV, publishing, it's always a business. It's work, it's hard, and not everyone makes it.

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