Comics: Dudley Fisher’s Right Around Home

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Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Digital FunniesDigital FunniesYou might remember an earlier post I did on the "Bird’s Eye View" comics from Boy’s Life magazine by Harrison Cady. (If you haven’t seen it, by all means, check it out!) Here is a similar format comic, courtesy of our friends at Digital Funnies… "Right Around Home".

Right Around Home by Dudley FisherRight Around Home by Dudley FisherDudley Fisher was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1890. He studied to be an architect, but dropped out to take a job as a layout artist at the Columbus Dispatch. After returning from WWI, Fisher created a comic strip called "Jolly Jingles". Year after year, he cranked out rhyming verse until he couldn’t stand it any more. In December of 1937 he decided to take a break from jingles and draw what Christmas on his grandmother’s farm would be like (if he had a grandmother and she lived on a farm!) He drew it as one big full page panel and readers immediately took to it and clamored for more. King Features picked up the strip and titled it "Right Around Home". These great Sunday pages date from early in the run- 1939.

Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
Right Around Home by Dudley Fisher
When asked by a young artist what sorts of pens and paper to use to draw cartoons, Fisher recommended not worrying about things like that, saying "I feel certain that Michaelangelo could have done a masterpiece on meat wrapping paper with a toothbrush and shoe polish. It’s all got to come out of the artist- not the ink bottle."

Digital FunniesDigital FunniesThese fabulous scans of original Sunday pages were provided to the Archive by Jonathan Barli of Digital Funnies. Jonathan is hard at work on an important project- documenting and restoring early cartoons and comics in digital form. He offers a wide variety of fascinating material for sale on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM. Please take a moment to visit the Digital Funnies website, and let him know that the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive sent you.

Stephen Worth
Director
ASIFA-Hollywood
Animation Archive

4.29.09
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