Moving On From Ker-chunk

Me "Ker-chunking" away in the U.K. in 1990
I think I presented my first slideshow around 1983. That was back in my Ker-chunk slideshow days.

I call them my "Ker-chunk Days" because back then (and for twenty years thereafter until my eyes were opened by Arlen Schumer of Dynamic Duo Studio in 2003) I was at the mercy of the moods and mechanical crudities of my Kodak Carousel Slide Projector.

I shouldn’t be unfair. Those little projection devices from the pre-digital era of film transparencies in cardboard casings served me well during many an evening of book-promotion in assorted cities and venues, from Los Angeles to London. With experimentation and practice I put together a nice little "dog-and-pony-show" (to use a term picked up from my early days as a paste-up artist in Birmingham’s advertising agency world) that always got a warm response.

Then I attended an illustrated lecture by Arlen promoting his book about comics in the ‘sixties in New York that showed me how a slideshow should be done.

And I knew it was time for me to move on beyond Kodak.

I would tell you more right now but I’m racing out the door to teach my QuarkXPress class in Pittsfield. Tomorrow, maybe I’ll be able to explaim why Arlen and his presentation changed my way of doing things.This topic is on my mind right now because I’ll be giving an illustrated lecture tomorrow morning to students in a Graphic Novels as Literature class (how times have changed) at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

And I’ll be doing it the non-Ker-chunk way.

About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
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