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12/29/2008 1:14:00 AM
Find Your Fetish

Dee Bonner

Hey, Y'all! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.

I just wanted to write a note to let you know about some new things on the Website.


Some of you may have read Jim Hall's December 7, 2008 Blog article. For those of you who haven't seen it, you can read it here.

Jim's "First Amendment Activity Blog" has been very popular on this site. My Web site "went live" on April 28, 2008 and Jim submitted his first blog on the very first day. Since then he has contributed 54 thoughtful, entertaining, professional articles and developed a sizable readership. However, writing a blog is not a paying gig and it can consume a lot of time. Jim was averaging six to eight articles a month. In the interim, he has become a regular contributor to a magazine publication. In addition, he has authored two recent books that require substantial promotional activities.

I sincerely appreciate Jim's contributions to this web site. Even though he's decided to go on a sabbatical, Jim has assured me that he will continue to visit the site regularly. And I've told him that I will keep his "First Amendment Activity" Blog active for whenever he wants to resume sharing his thoughts with us. In the meantime, don't hesitate to read, or re-read, his articles. Many of them are timeless. Thanks again, Jim. You are welcome here anytime.


Have you visited the Phreddie Phenol section lately? No? Well, if you're a Phreddie Phenol Phan, you need to take a look! Why? Because I recently rummaged through cartoon storage boxes in my basement and discovered over 40 Phreddie Phenol cartoons. I've posted them in the Phreddie Phenol Section. You'll find many previously published newspaper cartoons from Phreddie's heyday. Plus, you'll find many unpublished drawings of Phreddie Phenol, everybody's favorite trademarked, copyrighted pollutant.


This is a brand new section. It's similar to the Cartoon Archive, except this section will contain all vintage, previously published newspaper cartoons. Many first appeared way back in the early eighties. Here's the plan: from time to time, I'll select a few old-timey cartoons, add some digital color, then post them in this section. Many of you have told me about your favorite Bonner cartoons, maybe you'll eventually see them again in this section. Or, if you want to tell me about your favorite, I'll see if I can locate it and post it here.


Three new Cans O' Worms have been opened in the Can O' Worms Section. Specifically, in Can O' Worms #5, you'll learn some background information about Fire Protection in Marion Township. In Can O' Worms #6, you can virtually attend an actual Shelbyville Board of Public Works Meeting! And in Can O' Worms #7, you will learn how to spell the mayor's name! Sound like fun? Then go sniff those cans!


Okay, I'll admit it. Stir Trick is SILLY. I know it. Stir Trick is CONFUSING. I know it. But apparently, a goodly number of you must enjoy reading silly, confusing articles because the Stir Trick articles have developed a considerable following. So, I've moved them all to their very own section. As of today there are five episodes. There will be additional episodes, I promise, because frankly, I enjoy writing them. But I'm not sure how frequently they'll be published. Maybe that will depend on mysterious, inconceivably vast, cosmic forces.


Some of you may wonder why the Interactive Poll hasn't been changed for awhile. I'll explain. This is a very popular poll. It has produced five times more responses than any previous poll on the site and it continues to get responses from readers almost daily. "Furgy's Folly" is by far the most popular response.


As many of you may recall, this site was launched to provide a publishing venue for my cartooning hobby. You know, just a little project to keep me busy and occupied. That was eight months ago. During that period, I have experimented with digital artwork, I've created some new cartoons and posted some old ones. I've also discovered that I enjoy writing. All gratifying experiences.

But the most gratifying so far, has been your support. In a mere eight months, this site has experienced extremely large and growing numbers of regular visitors. Numbers that I would have thought unimaginable eight months ago. Numbers that oblige me to keep pouring fresh content into the site, because now I don't want to lose you! So, thanks for visiting my little cartooning hobby site, I sincerely appreciate your support.

I suppose the moral of this story is, "Find your fetish...then feed it".

Happy New Year to everyone! Let me know what you think about the new content, or anything else, for that matter!


Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008
Article comment by: Jim Hall

Dee, Thank you so much for your very kind comments. As Wayne and Garth on "Wayne's World" are known to gesticulate: "We're (in this case, I'M) not worthy!" But, I greatly appreciate what you wrote, Dee. I certainly have been and will continue to visit your website regularly, Dee. Perhaps you don't think about this aspect of your cartoons and articles - but frequently when I am feeling a bit low due to chronic physical health problems - your work gives me a chance to laugh and things lighten up and I feel better. So, Dee, you're like Charles Schultz and his creation of the little Peanuts girl with the 5-cent psychological counseling booth (smile). I know I speak for many others when I say that your work on your website is GREATLY appreciated and a very valuable addition to the "civic dialogue" in this community. As they say about PBS: "If not us, then who?" We say..... If not Dee Bonner, then who? God bless, Jim

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