Join in on the adventures of Rusty the Red Fox pup, Yipper Coyote, and the other critters who inhabit the western wildland known as Oakwood Forest. This ongoing comic book series features excitement, drama, lots of humor, and charming characters who combine a mix of entertainment with education, or "edu-tainment". They have been published in Radio Comix's Furrlough in issues: #104 ("Roots"), #113 (1-page "Life-drawing"), and #117 (non-OOOF cover by JC Amberlyn and an OOOF story: "Greetings"). In addition, some OOOF stories have been published in the now discontinued APA magazine, "Huzzah". Look at the "History" section below for more information on other places these characters have appeared.
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More OOOF-related stories can be found on the Online Comics page here.
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Here I decided to show a little of my work method. This shows a work in progress- a colored pencil picture of a kind of goofy-looking Yipper.:) I took a lot of time, trying to give a real sense of furriness and volume to him. I think it turned out well, but his chest isn't deep enough.
This is the title of my oldest set of characters, formerly known as Rusty the Red Fox and His Friends. When I was 10 years old, a family friend told me that if I created a comic strip, he would get it published in the Mountain Press newspaper, a small paper in what I think was central/southern California. (Near Mt. Baldy.) I did, and he did. My comic strip "Rusty the Red Fox and His Friends" ran for several weeks and featured a story involving Rusty and his friends running from a forest fire. The community liked my strip and, that summer, during their "Fireman's Muster" of 1983, they invited me to come and be the "Maid of the Muster"! The Fireman's Muster was when the local fire fighters got together and the whole community had a giant picnic- it was a lot of fun. Smoky the Bear himself came and awarded me citations from the California Dept. of Forestry and from the U.S. Forest Service for my anti-forest fire themed comic strip. It was a wonderful day and I'm grateful to all who made that happen- thank you.
By the way, if anyone comes across this who remembers me or has any copies of the comic strip (my copies were lost!)please contact me- I'd love to hear from you!
I have continued to use these characters in other stories, mostly written for my own entertainment. However, in 1990, my family worked together to create a children's book titled "Out of Oakwood Forest". It featured my characters and artwork. It was a really nice book when we finished and we tried to get it published as an "edutainment" children's book. However, while publishers liked the book and its artwork, they felt it didn't quite fit into any category they were looking for. I hope that someday the book gets published.
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