September 10th, 2014
In the introduction for my new cartoon collection, I mention a drawing I made in high school (1979), one that I had come up with for an Omaha World-Herald contest. I hadn’t seen the cartoon in many years, but from what I could recall, the drawing wasn’t half-bad—at least for a high school effort. Still, for reasons I explain in Koterba: Drawing You In, the cartoon didn’t win the contest. To my surprise, however, the editors for Drawing You In thought it would be great to include that drawing in the book. Finally, that ancient cartoon would make it into print! Only problem was, I didn’t have the drawing. And as far as I knew, the cartoon was possibly buried in a plastic bin, deep inside a storage unit I share with a relative.
That’s where my friend and fellow artist, Bruce Arant, comes in. It was on a hot and humid June morning in Omaha that Bruce agreed to join me on an archeological dig.
Bruce and I went through bin after bin. Although I didn’t have as much as a copy to show Bruce what he was looking for, I described it the best I could: “I’m pretty sure it’s Uncle Sam juggling eggs…I think some of the corners of the paper are dog-eared. The ink might be faded.” Our search continued.
After a couple of hours into our quest, we were down to a few final bins. It wasn’t until I’d dug into the very bottom of the last bin, that I came across the weathered and haggard Uncle Sam…
For the full story on this, insight into my creative process, not to mention dozens of full-color cartoons, please check out Koterba: Drawing You In, available now.