The print comics

Okay, here’s your caveat: this is a work in progress page that I hope to flesh out & illustrate more. Until then, here are some links to Watusi comics on my Smeary Soapbox Press blog…

… you can also peruse this info from one of my old websites. Links may or may not still lead anywhere. Thanks for reading!

Watusi the Talking Dog is a comic not so much about a character (though it is that, too) as it is about a method of storytelling, and a desire to produce an all-ages comic. The idea for these jam comics came about after Dale Martin had the chance to teach cartooning workshops to jr hi school students, and wanted to come up with a more “hands on” activity for them, a way to complete a comic during a short class session. Contributors draw one panel at a time, building a story in a (more or less) logical manner, without worrying about the whole story or becoming frustrated by a blank page. Fortuitously, this technique has also caught on with other cartoonists, who have collaborated on stories by passing pages through the mail.

These often unpredictable jam comics have shown Watusi solving such dilemmas as a missed bus, a broken toaster, and a rainy day … and he’s met leprechauns, lookalikes, aliens, and firefighters, too! Some issues share a theme, contain longer stories or have other special features; check out the catalog page for an issue-by-issue listing of the special features in each one. Be sure to follow along with Watusi’s ongoing adventure strip at the updated Smeary Soapbox Press site, too!

These talented creators have contributed to the first 27 issues of Watusi’s comic: