Friday, July 17, 2009

BackStage No. 001 - 1989

from black and white xerographic copy

"The buss-room
"Come on you lousy, broken down piece of
man made, scrap-iron intestinal track! You
smelly old head of fungus caked bowel
movement! START!"

Featuring Herb the bear.


Bussers' room, The French Market Restaurant, N.O.S., Disneyland

I first was hired to work at Disneyland as a restaurant host/cast-member on a part-time seasonal basis (casual temporary, a.k.a. C.T. in Disney lingo) in the summer of 1987. Always with my four-color medium point Bic® pen, I would at times draw on napkins during breaks in my shift. At the time I still a mechanical engineering student in college, so it wasn't an act of vocation but one of fun.

In a secret-Santa gift exchange in December 1988, I received a 9.00 in. x 11.50 in. pad of paper. With these supplies, my scribbles were formalized in one of my longest running comic strip ventures: BackStage.

As is turns out, the strip is 10 years old this year. That's good enough reason to post these old things as any.

Herb is part of the stable of original characters I had developed of intentional Disney-esque design. Most of the characters I developed were bears as a carry over from the department name, Bear Country Restaurants. That same year, the associated land was re-named Critter Country with the opening of Splash Mountain.


  1. Oh, the memories.... ^__^
    Oddly enough I hadn't remembered that this was how it started... hehheh!
    Kind of regretful how #7 through #10 seems to be missing.
    Really enjoying this sojourn to the past!
    By the way, I think here you say the strip is 10 years old, but perhaps you may mean 20?

  2. Yes, you are correct, this year marks the 20th anniversary of "BackStage" not the 10th. I don't know which is worse, my math or my delusion of having only been away from D-land for a couple of years.

    Where are #'s 7 through 10? There may not in fact be that many missing. I started saving "BackStage" late in the run, and numbering them later. So, I skipped some in the numbering just in case a few "lost" "BackStages" reappeared.