Former ad execs launch new comic strip
From Staff Reports
It's deja vu all over again in Sulphur Springs.
Bob Bond and Harve Chapman, the (supposedly) retired advertising duo who gave the city its new water tower theme and graphic, are at it again, this time directing their creative efforts toward levity.
Beginning today and continuing for six weeks, the News-Telegram will premiere "Deja View," a new, copyrighted daily comic strip from B&C Partners.
The strip uses and ensemble format with an open-ended variety of subjects, according to Chapman.
"We set some very specific tonality guidelines, including whimsical, tongue-in-cheek and mildly irreverent," he said. "Most scenes reflect familiar events, situations or characters."
Bond added that the art is "very stylish with attention to realistic detail."
"Ideas are gleaned from history, movies, nursery rhymes, scripture and contemporary lifestyles," Bond said.
The partners recognize how competitive the comic strip business has become, but they are optimistic, hoping that adult readers will enjoy the "experiencing something all over again" nature of the strip.
Bond and Chapman are both alumni of the Tracy-Locke Advertising agency in Dallas, where Bob was creative director and Harve was a writer and account services manager. Chapman, a native of Sulphur Springs, returned to Hopkins County in 1987 as manager of the Chamber of Commerce. Bond moved to Lake Fork in 2005.