My friend David Mruz passed away this week. I first remember meeting David at the BIG FUNNY show, where we had a bunch of art hung up inspired by the newspaper comics of the turn of the previous century, as well as many examples of Sunday pages from that period. David introduced himself and gave me some 100+ year old Happy Hooligan sheet music, just because he thought I would appreciate it. This sort of amazing casual, generous kindness was something that has come up frequently in the remembrances of David I have been reading online.
In the years since then, I always sought David out when I would go to the local comic conventions to sit around and shoot the shit for a while, as it was always one of the big highlights of the shows for me. David was a delight to talk to… he had an incredible enthusiasm for comics, and for the history of cartooning in Minnesota specifically. I am really going to miss getting to talk to him.
Back in 2011, Britt Aamodt and Barbara Schulz interviewed me for a project of theirs collecting oral histories of Minnesota cartoonists. I recommended they interview David, since he knew more about the history of cartooning in Minnesota than anyone else I ever met (and probably knew more on that subject than anyone else ever has). Britt and Barb have given me permission to post the interview here. It does a nice job capturing David’s character and enthusiasm, and it will teach you a hell of a lot of things you did not previously know about cartooning in Minnesota. Rest in peace, David.
#FANUARY is an art project where participants create an image of some person, place or thing they are a fan of every day for the month of January, and then post the image and tag it #FANUARY on social media such as Twitter or Instagram. Bring in the new year by appreciating and sharing the things you love! There are no rules, and anyone can participate.
Conspirator and wonderful cartoonist Eric Lappegard‘s family has organized a couple events in Sioux Falls and Minneapolis to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. Info below.
To Eric’s friends in Sioux Falls. I have rented the Sip n Cycle for July 23rd from 7:30 to 9:30. We would like to have you join us. If you could let me know as soon as you can that would be great.
Also to everyone in Minneapolis about coming to see you July 29th. We will meet at Wabun Picnic Area around 3 pm for a Potluck picnic. It was suggested hat we a make it a vegan potluck. We will leave it up to everyone on what they want to bring.
Cindy & Jessica