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8/5/2008 4:33:00 PM
About Reverend Toby

Reverend Toby is a comic strip I developed and attempted to syndicate nationally in the early 1980's. The comic strip follows the daily travails of a church minister, his church secretary, his church janitor and assorted members of his congregation.

A few original samples of the strip were displayed during the summer of 2008 in a cartoon exhibit at Shelby County's Grover Museum. As a result, several visitors encouraged me to "resurrect" Reverend Toby.

Believe it or not, Reverend Toby was very close to becoming syndicated by the Field Newspaper Syndicate. The feature was only submitted to three national syndicates and resulted in a request for additional Toby strips in rough form from the Field Syndicate. The submissions were followed by several developmental phone conversations. Eventually the strip was peddled to select newspaper editors but ultimately the syndicate abandoned sales efforts because newspapers were fearful of offending readers. Of course that may be less of a consideration nowadays, since newspapers seem to have discovered a lot of other ways to offend their readers. At any rate, you can view all 62 of the comic strips and all of my prized rejection letters in the Reverend Toby Section.

So, Reverend Toby has been reborn on the Web. I realize some of the gags are dated, but a surprising number have held up pretty well. Please keep in mind the strip was in an experimental stage and several of the dailies were created merely to introduce and develop characters.

You'll find the entire ten weeks worth of the daily strips, view them at your leisure. But I'm anxious to hear your reaction to Reverend Toby, so let me know what you think. However, don't be too critical, because that would be... well, sinful!

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