From an out of print 1999 issue of Roctober magazine: I ALMOST DREW NANCY by Ivan Brunetti. There was a time when the call went out from the syndicate that NANCY was looking for a cartoonist to continue the feature.
This humongous article details the indy comics creator trying his best to emulate NANCY creator Ernie Bushmiller's (a cartoonist he loved and admired) stylized technique both in form and content.
In the pages below, Brunetti writes about how he heard about the opening for the strip, and how hard he labored to create samples that would truly be in the spirit of Bushmiller.
I was looking for the above item on the Web and could not find it online. Fortunately, I had a copy, bought in some kinda Rock 'n' Roll head shop in St. Mark's Place. That store has now probably been replaced by a Baby Gap.
Ivan Brunetti's latest collection of work is MISERY LOVES COMPANY, from Fantagraphics. This collects his initial 3 issue run of SCHIZO comics. His indy comics work is personal, and can be violent, and very offensive.
Above: a self portrait by Ivan Brunetti.
I like Brunetti's "Gags Rejected by Several Respectable Magazines."
But ... no blog talking about NANCY can forget to tip the hat to the GUYS WHO REALLY DRAW NANCY -- the Gilchrists!
Here's the duo who picked up the reins of NANCY in 1995, creating near 4,350 daily and Sunday strips (and counting) --
Brad and Guy Gilchrist will have been producing NANCY for United Media for a dozen years this September 3rd. Guy is the man behind the Guy Gilchrist's Cartoonist's Academy in Simsbury, CT. Take a look at the above GCCA home page for some video of Guy drawing, as well as more information on classes and unique cartoony events.