‘Lost Key’ Found

(Cartoonist’s note: I resolved to freshen up the post-summer fare here, but I ran across this old thing in the archives and thought you might like to see it again. I think I’ve run this only once; most of you probably have never seen it. So, complete with original commentary by way of explanation, I give you “Lost Key.”)

Today, I will begin posting episodes of Lost Key, a comic strip idea I kicked around in the late 1980s. These cartoons have been seen by very few people, perhaps less than a dozen. I was surprised when I realized these strips go back further than I remembered. I’m not showing them because I’m particularly proud of them. The artwork hardly is stellar and many of the gags are shallow. However, I do think you’ll find them interesting. In fairness to myself, Arlo and Janis was crudely drawn in those days compared to now, and the artwork in Lost Key actually represented an effort to stretch myself in that area. As for the writing, it takes time for characters to develop voice and personality, and only two weeks of Lost Key were ever drawn. It’s impossible to say what Lost Key might have become. It also will help to keep in mind as you digest the humor that these strips are from the 80s, more than 20 years ago.
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15 responses to “‘Lost Key’ Found”

  1. My first thought on seeing this was that you were giving someone else’s strip a wider audience, as you have done before. It doesn’t look anything like Arlo and Janis. Thanks for the look at something completely different.

  2. I thought I was the only one who thought of the 80s as “20 years ago”. I’m still surprised when I see things from the 90s in my Buy Sell group advertised as “antique”.

  3. John Kelley, it surprised me to find that there is a Federal regulation that says anything called an antique must be at least 100 years old. Less than that and it can be called vintage. That’s a good thing, as I’d rather be called vintage than an antique because I predate the 1980’s.

  4. You ran these back in August 2010. (I downloaded them is how I remember.) Now the 80’s are more than 30 years ago. But saying “more than 20 years ago” is technically true too I suppose.

  5. Yep, even the end of the ’80s is 30 years ago.

    Are these characters somehow related to the A&J group or are these characters totally separate?

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