Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Surfer Steve and Hank Cutter Join "Dude and Dude"

Writing and cartooning Dude and Dude, the comic strip, has given me a fun outlet to create a community where two guys (dudes) can live, think, explore and enjoy life.
How much do they resemble my past?
What part of them is a good representation of my present?"
All the good parts," is what I'd like to say.

But, unfortunately, most of their mishaps; their poor attempts to impress the ladies, their longing to appear younger, hipper and cooler to their peers, and to this new, emerging generation, parallels much of what I battled with at age twenty-three...and still wrestle with today.

As humorous (I hope) as they are, they would not be nearly as funny if it weren't for the bizarre group of people I have surrounded them with in Beachtown, USA. A mixed bag of nuts for sure.

With nuts in mind; two characters I am looking forward to introducing more are Surfer Steve and Hank Cutter. They represent key people we all seem to run into in our lives - whether we choose to or not.

Surfer Steve, though he has appeared in earlier strips, will be playing a bigger role in the future of Dude and Dude because he carries with him flashbacks of the 80's and 90's, a time when I began to seriously think about the direction for my life - including the possibility of life as a cartoonist.

He is also an ex-Pro Surfer ( the ultimatedream) who partied himself into what would appear to be a less than glamorous lifestyle. But, he is at peace with himself, we think.

I pass by a large group of "Old Souls" nearly everyday. Surfers who gather to surf for a few minutes and then talk for hours about the past, about life, about that killer 8 foot set they conquered, and about anything that makes them laugh and say, "Dude, I know what you mean!"
I'm not sure many, if anybody, knows exactly what Surfer Steve is ever talking about when he speaks; but he does, and that's fine with him, and whoever else is in his head. Some say he's a wise guru, others - a loon.

Hank Cutter, the newly appointed Captain of the Lifeguards at Beachtown, represents all the pretty boys who took our woman, and our self-esteem, every weekend with their muscles, their confidence and their fake charm. Hank's ego is almost as big as his biceps, and the Dudes thought they were rid of this gas-bag from their high school days until he walked into Simmer Down Coffee Shack, where the Dudes work, and announced that he was back in town, incharge of their beach, two percent body fat and that chicks still dig him. A blast of hot air that bellows as loud or louder than it did in years past and, unfortunately - rings with truth. It took Hank all of two minutes to line up a date with Dude's number one hopeful, Tina....dude!

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Peace, Love, Dude!


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