Before there was Pastis' Timmy Failure, there was Richard Thompson's Timmy Fretwork, a ramblin' banjo man who occasionally visited the students of Blisshaven as the guest of Miss Bliss (who he was later engaged to). The artwork above is the 2004 introduction of Timmy Fretwork to readers of the Washington Post, and later, Cul de Sac. The character, who Richard says was based on five different people, was so memorable he inspired a song written by musician Rob McLaren.
Below is the Cul de Sac comic that first popularized the phrase that we all love and know in our hearts to be true.
Banjoing is pretty much the best. I haven't performed much, but I did get to play last year at a pig roast in an industrial part of Kansas City, trying my darndest to channel TF's considerable mojo.
Speaking of comics and music, a couple nights ago I went to see 22-year-old guitarist Daniel Bachmann (below) play as part of the Tompkins Square label's traveling road show.
Daniel's label is also selling this pack of 37 cards with illustrations by Shana Cleveland and information about "Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar." I haven't been this excited about picking up a pack of trading cards since the last pack of Donruss I bought back in 1989. Tompkins Square puts out some amazing music, from new releases to archival compilations and reissues, and you can listen to a few entire albums for free.
Tomorrow is also Record Store Day, and roughly 700 stores across the U.S. and elsewhere will be celebrating with special sales, in-store performances and festivities. In honor of vinyl's survival/resurgence, here are a few GoComics features of record to get you in the spirit, including one of the greatest Ziggy panels of all time.
Have a great weekend, and tune in for more excellent comics next week on this here blog and every day on GoComics.com. So long for now,
— Lucas Wetzel