from the new member
- Hi everybody,
I joined a few days ago and thought I'd post my first message. This is
the first group I've ever joined, so I guess I don't know what all
happens, other than the obvious posting of messages.
I've been a Tumbleweeds fan off and on since the late sixties. I used to
cut the strips out of the Des Moines Register and paste them in
scrapbooks starting in October of 1967. I think I have them pretty
continuous until 1977 or 1978 with the occasional missed day (I'd always
try to leave a space in case I would somehow come across it). Then the
register quit running the strip. I'll check my collection sometime and
let you know the exact dates I've got. Maybe eventually I'll learn how
to scan them and post a few to share. If I get real ambitious, I'd like
to copy and archive all of them on the computer before something happens
to the brittle old paper and maybe sell them on CDs (I started reading
the early messages posted at grimy gulch cafe and saw someone suggested
this), depending on the legality.
I also saved Sunday strips. I think I have the first several that TK
did. It looks like he numbered the early ones; there's a small number in
the corner of the first several that isn't part of the date.
Unfortunately, in my youthful zeal to be creative (I was in middle
school at the time, although for the benefit of you younger members, we
used to call it "junior high"), I would cut out the individual panels
and arrange them neatly and symmetrically on the large pages of my
I also discovered that rubber cement would let the strips lie down a lot
flatter and smoother, but would bleed through the paper after a few
years. Fortunately, I switched back to Elmer's after a while.
Of course I realize that a lot of the strips have been reproduced in the
paperback books, but I don't think they ever do all of them.
One of my favorite strips has the general (colonel?) and some lower
ranking soldier looking out over the wall of the fort. The general sez
something like, "gad, this incessant beating of the native drums is
enough to drive one mad. How do you stand it, corporal?" The corporal
replies, "Um, I don't hear anything, sir." The Colonel: "Run fetch my
heart pills, won't you boy?"
I'll sign off for now. As I said, this is my first message ever on an
internet club, but you can see I tend to get a little wordy. Hope to
hear from somebody soon.
Bye. Nice to be here!
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- Welcome! Come over to the fence and sit a spell!
I've been collating the strips from online sources for a couple of
years now, using Adobe Acrobat to create PDF "comic books" month by
month. I have a few samples in our Files section; check them out! If
you have the free Acrobat Reader (and computers typically do by
default these days -- otherwise go to www.adobe.com), you can read
Chief Sitting Duck @:-)
- I have to put my 2 cents in on the PDF comic book....
I must say I'm not a fan of the concept. To me it's a bit clunky. I
prefer a the comic book reader (the program is called CDisplay
Sequential Image Viewer available at
http://www.geocities.com/davidayton/CDisplay). Here's what you do. You
collect, say, a month's worth of strips. Then you zip them up in a zip
file or rar file. Then you change the extention from zip to cpz or the
rar to cpr. the comic book reader will scroll through the strips one
by one forwards, backwards or whatever. You get to archive the strips
in a non-lossy format. If you want to extract the pictures, you simply
change the extention back to zip or rar and run the extraction routine
and you have your original files intact. The reader program is a small
download and simple install (as most programs are).
I have the entire run of Peanuts in this format as well as numerous
magazines I've wanted to save for posterity.
The reason is I prefer to scan my strips or pictures in a larger (150
or 300 dpi) format. I have been saving the Tumbleweeds strips from
Dailyink and just wish I could make the pictures bigger.
If you are interested in getting your strips scanned, I'd be happy to
take on the project. I promise to take good care of the source
material and send you the picture files on CD (as well as the original
--- In email@example.com, "John Wheeler"
> Welcome! Come over to the fence and sit a spell!
> I've been collating the strips from online sources for a couple of
> years now, using Adobe Acrobat to create PDF "comic books" month by
> month. I have a few samples in our Files section; check them out! If
> you have the free Acrobat Reader (and computers typically do by
> default these days -- otherwise go to www.adobe.com), you can read
> Best wishes,
> Chief Sitting Duck @:-)
> (John Wheeler)