I grew up in a lot of places across Illinois, as my family moved a lot (my Dad’s a professional criminal, er, teacher). But in 1969, at age 12, we landed in Lombard, Illinois and I spent my High School years in this little suburb of Chicago finding out about life and the 70s.
I always wanted to be a comic artist, and did draw a few comic strips in High School and College, but was never encouraged to draw professionally; it wasn’t the popular thing to do in the 70s. So I went to college as a Business & Broadcast Television Major and quickly became a drunken fool, playing in rock bands and smoking a few joints here and there. But thanks to those drunken nights in bars, bands and women back in 1977, I have a few memory cells left to recall those events and that’s how 1977 the Comic was created.
1977 the Comic is based very loosely on my experiences back in the wild – or what seemed like wild to us – days of the 1970s. Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll was still the call of the wild, but disco had invaded with a thunder and punk was just getting started. Bud and his band of friends will tell the story of these times with tongue firmly in cheek. Plus, I’ll stray from the usual gang and just drop in some random silly thoughts as they strike me. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do creating them.
Drop me a line or leave a comment; I love to hear from fans/critics.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll say “howdy”!
Your comic friend,
W. Byron Wilkins.