Marking the sad passing of America’s fictional dog…
Family Guy is not my favourite TV show, but I am a fan – and last week’s story was so bizarrely wrong-headed that I’m starting to think it was just a stunt, and they’ll be returning to your regularly scheduled nonsense by the end of the season. Continuing the show without Brian would be like continuing Happy Days without Richie Cunningham, or Cheers without Shelly Long, or FRIENDS without the entire cast except Joey Tribiani.
Years ago, when Family Guy was in hiatus between cancellation and the discovery that the DVD collections were selling well enough to bring the show back, I very briefly had the licence to produce a Family Guy comic book, granted to us at Mr. Comics by the fine folks at 20th Century Fox. For long complicated reasons, too long and complicated to go into here, the project fell apart, and our licence fee got transferred to PLANET OF THE APES and the rest is obscure history.
Published here, for the first time anywhere, is the two page FAMILY GUY sample I produced to win us the licence from FOX in the first place. If it’s too small to read, click on it and the image gets bigger.
It would have been fun to work on the character…I guess that will never happen now.
Rest in Peace Brian, until such time as the producers realize what a strangely bad decision this is, and fix it. Broken time machine…? Yeah right.
Ty the Guy OUT!
About a year later, FOX finally did give the FAMILY GUY licence to DDP comics. They produced four issues in total before it was cancelled due to terrible sales.
Fig. 1: You don’t remember that this was ever published.
Another great decision.
For last week’s bullets-flyin’ Western Bun Toon, click the owlhoot of a title above, ya jaspers!
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