From Tuesday’s Boston Globe Names column:
A ‘Funny’ thing happened at BCAE
Some of the biggest names from the most colorful section of the newspaper gathered at the Boston Center for Adult Education on Sunday for a reception for “One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages,’’ which featured more than 130 comic strips published on the same day. VIPs at the event included “Red and Rover’’ creator Brian Basset, “Soup to Nutz’’ illustrator Rick Stromoski, “Kid City’’ comic Steve McGarry, and Jeff Keane, who works on the iconic comic strip “Family Circus’’ with his father, Bil Keane. The “Family Circus’’ character Jeffy is based on Jeff. One funnies fan, 17-year-old Jennifer Parisi of Boston, made rounds at the reception and asked every comic strip illustrator she could find to sign her arm. By the time we found her, she was up to 10.
What Names didn’t know or didn’t care to note: Jennifer Parisi is the daughter of local comic-strip artist Mark Parisi, creator of the reliably offbeat Off the Mark.
This, er, marks the second time Parisi has been snubbed by the Globe, which excluded him (along with local artist and Get Fuzzy creator Darby Conley) from its review last Saturday of the BCAE exhibit. (To be fair, that might be because the exhibit itself snubbed them, as the hardworking staff wondered at the time. We can’t tell from the BCAE site.)
But this much is certain: Mark Parisi and Darby Conley are getting short shrift from BCAE and the Globe.
Hey! Short Shrift – good name for a comic strip?