Devin Crane: Comic Strip Ghostwriter and man of mystery
People are always astounded when they find out what I do for a living as they say, "you don't seem that funny." That's the beauty of it, with newspaper comic strips ... you don't have to be.
These are the words of Devin Crane, a Comics Sherpa cartoonist, alleged comic strip gag-writer and self-appointed advice columnist for those struggling to break into the industry. Now I'm not one to question a man's sincerity, but the more I read through Devin's advice, the more I have to wonder whether he really is the industry expert he claims to be.
Regardless, there's no denying that one of his recent posts contains several nuggets about how to enliven a strip that's failing to attract public interest. Except for the part about cartoonists and women. I know cartoonists and hang out with them all the time. Couldn't be further from the truth.