At the request of the Artist, we would like to highlight some of the supportive statements we received from our friends and fans:
“Well it’s about time! Welcome back. You’ve been missed.” – John Lustig, Last Kiss Comics
“Looks great kids!” – Dan Baldwin, Indiana University
“I am thrilled about your return. I am probably your # 1 fan. Thank you for sharing your expertised graphic talent, as well as your wit. You will enjoy a rainbow-filled future.” – Mrs. Marshall
“OMG OMG OMG OMG Back online! I was checking constantly and going ‘Wait …. today is totally not the 6th.’ ‘No, not the 6th yet …'” – Jessie Jones, EverTomorrow
“It’s great to see the little guy coming home. I will be looking forward to the flashback sequences where he gets to relive the “highlights” of his trip.” – Mark Monlux, The Return of Stickman
“Very excited to get a Scooter and Ferret in my inbox today! Congrats to both of you” – Gene Ambaum, Unshelved
And I would like to give a special thanks to Krishna of PC Weenies for being the fist person to ReTweet one of our strips on Twitter.
Today is my birthday. This weekend I went to a dinner party and chatted for awhile at the feet of an unassuming man that no one would guess was a comics legend by his demeanor. I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t know that Strangers in Paradise was coming to an end. I’ve been a reader since 1996, and it was interesting to learn that Terry Moore didn’t have a fast answer for what he would be doing next. The only certainty was that he would be doing something, because as he astutely noted, creators are so quickly forgotten. I doubt Terry would be a case like that, but maybe we all are really that fickle. I did think a lot about my old roommate from college, her stacks of SIP comics, her posters and her T-shirts, and what she would have said to see me there. We all talked mostly about the same thing every comic artist talks about, the state of the medium and the process of creation. I complained about the pressures of being funny in three panels, John Lustig agreed and noted the pressures of being funny in one panel. Then I broke a dish. We haven’t been doing this comic very long we learned in comparison to all of the guys at Blank Label Comics, who all agree that the average overnight success is seven years. That was true for Scott Kurtz too, who spent most of the evening talking with them at the kitchen table. Most of them have no idea how they became popular, but it sounds like word of mouth. In that case, I have a birthday request. In honor of my 31st, please tell someone about this strip.
John Lustig has been creating Last Kiss since the early 1990’s. Last Kiss is a comic that pokes fun at the old-time romance comics genre. What makes Last Kiss so interesting is how Lustig uses original romance comics from that time period and replaces the dialogue with witty material from a modern sensibility. It’s a lot of fun, and now Last Kiss has achieved a new level of success and exposure. January marked the start of Last Kiss running weekly in the Seattle Times newspaper in the ‘Life and Times’ section.
Congrats to you John, Love and Last Kisses……