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THIS SUMMER I DECIDED TO HEAD OUT WEST WHERE I HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET JACK AND CAROLE BENDER. JACK AND CAROLE ARE THE ARTIST AND WRITER OF THE DAILY SYNDICATED COMIC STRIP ALLEY OOP. 

I MEET THE ARTIST OF THE STRIP JACK BENDER AND HE PUTS ME TO WORK RIGHT AWAY.

ELWOOD SOON LEARNS THERE'S MORE TO PUTTING A DAILY STRIP TOGETHER THAN JUST DRAWING. YOU MUST VISUALIZE EVERYTHING CAROLE HAS WRITTEN FOR THE STRIP THAT DAY AND LET IT FLOW THROUGH YOUR PEN INTO A WORK OF ART. ELWOOD'S VISUALIZING WAS PRETTY GOOD BUT THE ARTISTIC FLOWING OF HIS PEN WAS A LITTLE SHAKY, SO JACK HELPED A LOT.


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JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE IT MASTERED . . . .

Elwood's Adventures
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ELWOOD THOUGHT HE HAD THE HANG OF IT ALL, WHEN CAROLE TOOK HIM TO THE COMPUTER. THERE CAROLE SHOWED ELWOOD HOW THE SUNDAY STRIP IS COLORED. ELWOOD WAS DOING PRETTY GOOD UNTIL CAROLE POINTED OUT DINOSAURS ARE NOT PINK.

I'M OFF TO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER "THE CLEVELAND AMERICAN" TO SEE
HOW MY STRIP GETS IN THE PAPER.

HERE ELWOOD MEETS THE PUBLISHER RUSTY FERGUSON WHO SHOWS ELWOOD EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO PUBLISH THE ALLEY OOP STRIP DAILY.

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JACK AND CAROL DECIDE TO GIVE ME A LITTLE TIME OFF AND SHOW ME A GOOD TIME.


ELWOOD AND HIS HOSTS VISIT THE TOY AND ACTION FIGURE MUSEUM IN PAUL'S VALLEY, ALSO THE HALL OF FAME FOR OKLAHOMA CARTOON ARTISTS.
I MEET THE CURATOR KEVIN STARK WHO LETS ME SPEND THE NIGHT IN
THE BEDROOM OF A TOY COLLECTOR.


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JACK AND CAROL GIVE ME ONE LAST GIFT BEFORE I LEAVE. IT'S AN ORIGINAL
SKETCH OF ALLEY OOP AND ME, AND THE BIGGEST SURPRISE WAS MY
APPEARANCE IN THE STRIP ITSELF AS A CAMEO.


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ELWOOD HAD A GREAT ADVENTURE WITH THE BENDERS AND SUGGESTS YOU READ THE ALLEY OOP COMIC STRIP EVERY DAY FOR THE ADVENTURES OF ALLEY OOP.
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