Nestled inside each of the first ten issues of Comics Scene magazine twenty years ago was "Loose Cruse," my column aimed at aspiring cartoonists. Here are a couple of installments, pretty much as they first ran (give or take a few minor tweaks).

Feeding Dreams, Cutting Cords
The inaugural installment in my series, in which I explain the column's premise and describe incidents from my childhood as an aspiring cartoonist in rural Alabama — including the change I had to meet Milton Caniff when I was 16.

Dressing Up
Some thoughts about how cartoonists arrive at their drawing styles.

Not Being There Yet
Pondering the frustrations that go with struggling to make a cartooning career happen.

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