of David Smith~
~History of Poet Ink.~
I was born and raised
in Paterson New Jersey on November
While growing up, I became very interested in the world that Charles M Schulz created in the comic strip Peanuts. It's hard to explain exactly what it was about Peanuts other than the humor itself that appealed to me so much, but all I knew as I grew older was that I'd love to someday make my own comic strip and make the world laugh and be happy as Charles Schulz had done.
So, when the time
felt right for me (which to be exact was
back in 1995), I decided to take a crack at making my own strip. At
first I did
a different version of Poet Ink. with the
characters drawn as adults, and
sent this version out to a circuit of newspaper syndicates, but it was
down by all of them. After taking some time to try and re-think where
to go with
Poet Ink. my older brother suggested that I make the
characters 8 year
old kids (which is the current version you see on this site).
When I finally got onto the Internet in 1999, I decided to self publish Poet Ink. and literally share it with the world.
I had been doing it
for 5 years on the web, and even had my
strip published in a free weekly local newspaper located in Arcadia
a short time. Until one day, the pay web host I was using had what I
refer to as
a "virtual heart attack". As a result of this,
I ended up loosing 5 years of work that came to nearly 200 comic strips to which I had no backups.
So, after taking a sabbatical for a couple of years, I decided to resurrect
I'm also a huge fan
of the old time classic slapstick comedy
films of The Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy,
and The 3 Stooges.
This is why I do slapstick style humor in Poet Ink.
living in Clifton New Jersey with my older brother.
Unfortunately, both of our parents have passed away.
Aside from reading, working, and drawing my comic strip, I like playing and listening to music. I enjoy a wide range of music, but The Beatles are number 1 on my list of favorites.
12/25/2012: New comic