Show Notes: In this episode my fellow Mid-South Cartoonists Association members Kevin L. Williams, Greg Cravens and I pay respect and share stories about our friend and cartoonist Sam Ray who passed away in December, 2021.
I’ve been wanting to get together with some of the local cartooning gang to record a tribute to Sam, and in spite of some technical difficulties we were able to record for a bit during the MSCA monthly zoom call this week (thanks to some quick thinking by Kev.) Dale Martin (see DF Ep35) joined us at the beginning of the meeting but had to cut out early before we recorded.
Another left-hander, Sam was a great cartoonist/writer & created his “Business As Usual” comic strips which were published in The Commercial Appeal, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Boy’s Life, Reader’s Digest, Barron’s, Woman’s World, Forbes, and our first MSCA comic anthology.
He was also a writer on the “Hagar The Horrible” comic strip for 6 years.
Sam was a soft-spoken artist who was always willing to talk toons and swap stories with other cartoonists at our meetings and events.
He was part of the MSCA since it’s creation in the late ’80s, and will be greatly missed. (See bottom of show notes for more of Sam’s art.)
2022 represents the MSCA’s 35th year of “drawing funny” and I got a recorded state of the association address from MSCA prez Kevin. He mentions some club history and discusses his future plans for our milestone anniversary year.
One of which is the upcoming group art show “’Murica”, which will be presented February 17 – 27, 2022, at Germantown Community Theater alongside the comedy play, “The Complete History of America (Abridged).” This art show shares a variation of art styles and techniques from different members Terence Washington, Jim Palmer, Dale Martin, Greg Cravens, Kevin Williams, and Lin Workman (me).
For more info, links, and pics please check out the MSCA website at www.midsouthcartoonists.org, or previous episodes at www.drawingfunny.com. If you’d like to be a part of the show, you can contact me (Lin) at: podcast(at)drawingfunny(dot)com. (MSCA member caricatures above by Greg Cravens.)
Stay safe, and “stay tooned”..!
Mid-South Cartoonists Association/MSCA (Memphis, TN) – www.midsouthcartoonists.org
My art website – www.linworkman.com
Greg Cravens – www.gocomics.com/thebuckets
Kevin L. Williams – www.kevinlwilliams.com
Comics & Collectibles (Memphis, TN) – www.memphiscomics.com/wps
901 Comics (Memphis, TN)– www.901-comics.business.site
The Cellar (Bartlett, TN) – comiccellaronline.com
Garibaldi’s Pizza – garibaldispizza.com
Germantown Community Theatre – www.gctcomeplay.org
©2020 Fesliyan Studios Inc. – music and sound effects used by permission.
Movie quotes from 101soundboards.com.
Run time: 41min 35sec
My original Sam Ray bat-signal toon that’s hanging in my batcave studio.
An original Sam Ray “Business As Usual” toon that’s in my collection.
Sam’s “People Sitting At Desks And Other Strange Behavior: A Business As Usual Collection” book.
Gonna miss ya, Sam…