Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Obscurity of the Day: Animal Antics

Here's another of those St. Louis Globe-Democrat strips done by one-man Sunday section filler DeVoss Driscoll. Here we get Driscoll at his best, drawing animals in a humorous but realistic manner. He really was an unsung master of this little cartooning niche.

Animal Antics ran in the G-D from November 22 1903 to April 24 1904.

PS - Stripper's Guide News -- My crappy scanner, the ultra-cheapo Mustek A3, that I bought out of desperation when my wonderful Microtek Scanmaker unexpectedly bit the dust, has finally annoyed me to the point where I went out and found a used high-end scanner. This one is an Epson Expression 1640XL, which originally sold for over 2K, but I picked it up from NASA surplus for $400. If all goes well and I can get it to work, maybe, just maybe, you'll be seeing some better quality color Sunday scans from me.

The Mustek, for the price, is a fine scanner, but it really hates scanning old toned newspapers, and its extremely limited focal length turns strips into a blur if the paper isn't absolutely, perfectly flat ... and its practically impossible to get a Sunday page to lay that flat.


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