Regular visitors to my Patreon page are aware that for most of a decade I have been posting End Strips, that is, short narrative and non-narrative comics drawn on strips of paper left over from other projects, in a vertical format which looks good on phones.
These are in several subsets: palindromes, random song lyrics that happen to be in Anapest format, and also collections of celebrity portraits portraits of celebrities whose names happen to begin with the same two letters: HE, RA, JE, etc.
After I heard of the death of actress Anne Heche last year I thought I’d go into my HE clippings file and do an End Strip including her portrait along with a bunch of other celebrities whose surnames begin with He. However, I discovered that there was a folder within the file entirely devoted to people named Heche- unsurprisingly, she’s the only one. I decided to paint a watercolor strip entirely of Anne Heche portraits using pictures from the folder as reference. I think this came out well, so I continued with further celebrity obituary strips- those famous people do keep dying!
I set some rules of for myself- I use only clippings already in the folder. No fair going to Google Images for new pics, though previously printed images from the internet are ok. Here are a few notable celebrities I’ve memorialized. Queen Elizabeth II:
Former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder:
Here’s a list of everyone I’ve covered so far, with links to the strips on Patreon:
Nancy Swartz (not exactly a celebrity, just a friend and former roommate)
Queen Elizabeth II
Jerry Lee Lewis
Pope Benedict XVI
Lisa Marie Presley
Sandra Day O’Connor (second O’Connor this year!)
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