The critically acclaimed comic strip the Penned Guin returns to print with “Burnout”-an all new collection of the daily cartoons that appeared on-line through late 2020/early 2021. The new book is packed with 100 pages of penguin laughs and giggles from the pen of creator Alan Henderson.
As a kid I remember the excitement I had for the Sunday edition of the paper. See, the Sunday edition had the separate full-color insert of comic strips. I was methodical in my reading of the funny papers, I had a system. First it was Garfield, then Peanuts, Skip over to Family Circus, then back to Dagwood, and do on. I made sure to read all the funny strips first before moving on to the adventures of Tarzan, Prince Valiant, The Phantom, and Flash Gordon.
Why tell you that story? Because I found some of that joy rekindled in The Penned Guin. For the most part they are simple three-panel puns or a play on words, but that type of storytelling is almost lost. I can’t remember the time I read a comic strip before today. Creator, Alan Henderson, is able to not just get a joke across in three panels, but he tapped into a feeling of nostalgia for me. I don’t think that was intentional but it happened and added to my enjoyment of the strips. Even the jokes that fell flat (hey, in 100-pages of strips they can’t all be winners) still brought a smile to my face.
The Penned Guin succeeds in its simplicity of giving you a daily smile. And that is what the funny papers were all about.
The Penned Guin–Burnout–Kickstarter campaign is running March 19th, 2021 through April 10th 20201. you can check it out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1136825457/the-penned-guin-burnout