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Last updated: Saturday November 26, 2022
On Friday the cartooning profession lost one of its most important members, and I lost a friend.
John Lotshaw, the creator of “Accidental Centaurs.” left us yesterday. He was just about to start a new job in Dallas that would have melded both his creative talents and his awesome technical skills. That is an incredibly rare combination, and everyone in the National Cartoonists Society was indebted to him, especially during the Reubens weekends when he oversaw many of the technical aspects. He is literally irreplaceable.
Beyond that, however, he was important to me and Teri. In addition to our collaborations such as the app “Dethany in Virtu/Noir”, John was a jovial dinner companion and a font of entertaining stories. It’s no wonder that in the past two years he had begun a career in standup comedy.
He was also the publisher of my books for six years under the Moonbase Press imprint. This was extremely vital in keeping “Kevin & Kell” going through some lean years, and it’s just one of many reasons I’ll always be grateful to him. Several times he and I made the journey from Atlanta to Pittsburgh for Anthrocon, discussing pop culture and the future of cartooning as the art form transitioned to the online medium. In some crucial ways, his tech expertise helped bring that about.
If you’re unfamiliar with “Accidental Centaurs” please give it a look. Sam, Alex and Lenny are three delightful, wonderful characters, and I highly recommend getting to know them. Here’s the WebToon link: https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/accidental-centaurs/list?title_no=117106&page=1
Just seven days ago about thirty of us here in Atlanta had a going-away party for him in anticipation of his move to Dallas. He was in excellent spirits, and we gave him testimonials of how much he meant to us. His future looked incredibly bright, and now we are devastated. The only consolation is that we were able to tell him in person the impact he has had on each of us.
To paraphrase Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter, “Godspeed, John Lotshaw.”
The new “Kevin & Kell” collection is now available for holiday gift-giving. “Masked Romance” features the complete year of 2020, including the unexpected encounter between George and Ophelia.
As with the previous book, every strip is presented in full color. I’m delighted that Terrence and Isabel Marks’ talents are finally available in the print medium.
One request; please buy through Lulu and not through Amazon. Simply put, I get a fair compensation through Lulu, but I only see pennies per copy through Amazon. Thanks!
"Kevin & Kell" 2023 patron program
Every year, the most important day for "Kevin & Kell" is the autumn launch of the annual patron program. In one 24-hour period I can see as much as 1/6th of the strip's annual income. Yesterday, however, saw a problem when the site went down during mid-morning, the most heavily trafficked time of the day. As a result, many readers never saw the special strip that appeared for 30 seconds before the regular strip. The impact was significant.
As a result, I'm requesting that you go to https://www.kevinandkell.com/support/ for the ways that you can keep the strip going. Thanks in advance!
Dethany's video for November
Dethany and Fi, the Office Oracles, offer free advice to corporations wondering how to keep their best employees from walking out the door. This also applies to those who never before considered this to be an issue.
Fastrack and Safe Havens books
We have a new “Fastrack” collection, "Runaway Fi," which is now available. It contains the complete year of 2017, which was quite eventful for Fi.
We also have two “Safe Havens” collections. “Feryl and the Feline” features the complete year of 2017, and “Safe Havens on Mars” consists of the first 18 months of the epochal voyage to the red planet, spanning 2018 and half of 2019.
Dethany's graphic novel
For holiday gift giving for the tweens and older on your list, don't forget "Dethany and the Other Clique"! Discover Dethany's middle school origin story.
New "Kevin & Kell' collection...in color!
I'm excited to announce that for the first time in fifteen years I'm able to offer a "Kevin & Kell" book in color, where Terrence and Isabel Marks' wonderful coloring work can be seen in print. This is due to Lulu offering a price point where it's reasonable; just three dollars more than the previous black and white versions. (For some reason this only applies to U.S. Dollars, Euros and U.K. Pounds; I haven't yet been told why that is.)
It features the complete year of 2019 strips, and also Lindesfarne's Blog adding background to the action. It's titled "Revenge Served Wild" as it features the story where the Dewclaws try to get Angelique to see the error of her ways.
Vintage Kevin & Kell