Ivan Brunetti almost became Nancy's artist

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Ernie Bushmiller, creator of the beloved Nancy comic strip, was a tough act to follow. The artists who took over the strip after Bushmiller died in 1982 couldn't come close to capturing the sweetly painful simplicity and self-contained absurdism that Bushmiller faithfully injected into every Nancy strip. Nancy had become unreadable.

Little did I know that in 1994, a cartoonist named Ivan Brunetti was trying out for the job of writing and drawing Nancy. This 13-page story from a 1999 issue of Roctober magazine has an article by Brunetti, called "I Almost Drew Nancy."

Brunetti did not get the job, which is a crying shame, because the many samples that ran with the article reveal Brunetti to be supremely fitted for the job. The art and stories are fantastic -- I like them even better than Bushmiller's work!


Previously on madprofessor.net:

Misery Love Comedy, by Ivan Brunetti

Previously on Boing Boing:

How To Read Nancy

The greatest Nancy panel ever drawn

Sexiest Nancy panel ever?

Nancy was one of my favorite comic strips

Animated version of the "Greatest Nancy Panel Ever Drawn"

Excellent Nancy panels

Nancy and Sluggo comic book scan