Pretty Simple Explanation

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new Nancy in town. You remember Nancy, don’t you? Of course you do. It’s being drawn by a young talent named Olivia Jaimes. She is attempting to take Ernie Bushmiller’s iconic creation back to its roots, and I think she’s doing it. Her style is quite different from the previous artists on Nancy, and, the Internet being the Internet, she’s gotten kicked around by a lot of commenters in her first few days. I think she has weathered that storm and is going to do well. Give Nancy a look, and while you’re at it you might research Ernie Bushmiller and the origins of the venerable feature. There’s probably a lot more to it than you’d come to believe.
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28 responses to “Pretty Simple Explanation”

  1. Nancy started out as Fritzi Ritz, and come to think of it, she appeared in her underwear a lot back in the Jazz Age, kind of like Janis is doing here.

  2. I’m trying to give the new cartoonist a chance. I wonder if she’s choosing the colors or leaving it to someone at to do it for her?

    The characters do look a bit jaundiced, don’t they? — JJ

  3. Was never a “Nancy” fan; all I can tell is the drawing style is different. OTH, “Thaves’s” seems much like the original, both drawing style and content. If I remember, the Bumpsteads look much the same also. Dick Tracy doesn’t, but again, I’m no fan, wasn’t even as a kid. “L’il Abner” isn’t as good a comic as it was. JJ has them all beat.


  4. emb, L’il Abner hasn’t had a new strip since Al Capp retired in 1977. Capp said at the time that one reason he was retiring was he just couldn’t do the quality work he once did. But boy, I sure miss that strip. And no, Tracy doesn’t look the same, but it does look better than it has with some of the artists since Gould retired.

    And Arlo is right, that was a dumb question.

  5. I really enjoyed the “new” Nancy strip. The drawing looks similar but the subject matter is funny. Most of what I remember of the original Nancy wasn’t that funny. I especially like the strip where the teacher chews out Nancy for spending her spring break sitting around playing video games and watching TV. The next panel says “Two Days Earlier” and it is of the teaching sitting and watching TV.

    Very much of a modern twist.

  6. I remember noticing at least two distinct styles of “Nancy” in my newspaper back in the day.

    The Wikipedia page lists all the different artists that have handled the strip.

    It must be the Jerry Scott to Guy and Brad Gilchrist transfer that I’m remembering.

  7. I’m currently reading How to Read Nancy – an exhaustive analysis of one three-panel strip from 1959. Who knew that Nancy and Ernie Bushmiller had such hidden depths! If you’re a comics nerd [fan? aficionado?] I recommend it. As regards the “new” Nancy – I like the look of the characters (other than the curious color tint) and I think things are off to a pretty good start. It’ll be interesting to see if the fact that the artist is a woman will make any noticeable difference in the tone of the strip.

  8. Ken from Framingham: “Olivia Jaimes” is a pseudonym. I believe it is known that she is an established web cartoonist, and there has been speculation that some of her web content may not be considered suitable for the Nancy audience (and hence the anonymity) – but AFAIK no evidence has been presented.

  9. Mark [the TTown one]: Thanks. Mark [J]: Thanks for AFAIK. One could make strings of those, as Germans make new words. With luck, I’ll forget that idea. OTH, … . Peace,

  10. Offhand—and I’m sure not in the profession—I’m not sure I could think of one other cartoonist who could do it precisely as Ernie Bushmiller did. That extraordinary tightness of design. And of writing.

    Now, a new version of Nancy, that’s a different fish—

  11. I surpass 88 in: months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, pounds, kilograms, centimeters of height & of circumference, cubic inches, cubic centimeters, and any sub-multiples thereof. However, I defer to others when it comes to years.

  12. As a long time follower of Nancy, I don’t like the new style, and have stopped following the comic.

    I may revisit at a later date, when I have forgotten how it previously looked though, and can then concentrate on the humour.

    I do think Charles Schulz had the right idea about not wanting anybody else to do Peanuts, and I am enjoying the reruns.

    I’m glad that cartoons continue to survive on, and will continue to support that site as long as they support my favourite cartoonists.

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