I was a student at Sinclair Community College in downtown Dayton OH. I didn’t really want to go to college, mind you. But I got some very strong encouragement from my mother that it would probably be in my best interest. So, I went. I chose the Visual Communications program (basically the early version of Graphic Design) though what I really wanted to do was make animations. Of course, at the time, there were no programs for it in the area I lived and really did not want to run off to Philadelphia or Columbus to enter an art university. I just wasn’t that driven. Probably why I’m merely a warehouse worker now and not some famous animator, artist, or writer anywhere other than my own mind.
However, I did have some fun while I was there at the college. I ended up learning a lot more about my artistic proclivities and came up with a comic strip that I called ‘The Ratt Race’. I then went down to the student paper office and pitched my idea for having it printed in the school paper. They liked the concept, gave me my own mailbox, and before you know it I was making comics. Then, they wanted me to start attending meetings. Meetings that occurred every day during the middle of one of my classes. So, I couldn’t attend. As consequence, I lost the gig.
Even so, I got maybe eight or nine strips out of the time. Perhaps I should pick that back up and see about publishing them in a real newspaper? Phhht. I’m sure. We’ll see. But, it didn’t matter at the time anyway. I was having serious relationship problems, my grades were dropping, and I just didn’t care about school anymore (my girlfriend at the time attended Sinclair as well and things were getting a little… conflictual when I was there, so I threw in the towel!).
Therefore, I quit.
Yet, I wanted to see if I could share all of those strips here on this one page. Just because. I hope they’ll be in order but I don’t think it’s necessary, mind you. I’m sure if you’ve been following my blog you’ve noted that my Story Time With Tim series features these strips in the header image. However, those images are clipped. Therefore, here they all are with short tidbits about what they meant to me! Hope you enjoy, dear reader!
Okay, there was one last strip I had made up but didn’t fully flesh it out because, by the point of putting it together, I’d been let go from the paper. I was having trouble making my deadlines and school work was just getting to be too much. My grades were slipping and my angst towards my then girlfriend, the guys she was banging, and my general unhappiness with life, drove me to drop out shortly before even trying to finish the strip.
In it, there was Walker, Texas Ranger. He was holding some free weights in both hands. He had the cowboy hat on his head and a skin tight leotard on his torso. The caption read: ‘Go, Go, Power Walker’ suggesting he was a Power Ranger (<–Get it?) going on a Power Walk. I should finish that strip and make some new ones available sometime. That would have been my ninth Ratt Race comic which, well, is kind of awesome given the time I was living in. But, what are you gonna do?
Anyhow, there you go. All eight of my finished Ratt Race strips. Hope you found this trip down memory lane enjoyable. I know I did. Come back soon for some more bloggin’ fun! See you all soon!
Amateur animator and writer. I work in retail and live in Dayton OH. I used to think I knew where I was going in life. Now I just move forward and see where life takes me. And life has taken me here to a blog post and my own domain. Groovular. It is also leading down a path of obscurity and insanity. And I'm fine with that.
I'm working on a book, I'm working on some stop motion animations, I'm enjoying my family and just living, and I'm working on a new video series dealing with controversies that may or may not have been justified. But elsewise, I am just me and I want to thank you for reading. It makes my day. I just hope I can post more here (and remember I actually HAVE a here to post to!) than I have in the past and have something to say to boot.
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