March 10, 2022
When I created the cartoon character Honkytonk Sue back in 1977 I was inspired by the old 1920s rodeo cowgirls. Here's someone who perhaps inspired them.
This is Nan Gable who allegedly rode a horse from San Francisco to New York, in 1910-11, on a bet with Buffalo Bill Cody. So, if you ask me, this is Honkytonk Sue's grandmother.
I found this Mexican vaqueros photograph way back in 1992 and ran it in my very first "The Illustrated Life & Times of Billy the Kid" to illustrate the hispanic side of New Mexico during the Lincoln County War.On the back it says, "Florencio Sotomayor Hijo de Jesus y Guadalupe Sotomayor Nacio 1868 murio 2-15-1915." Yes, it probably dates to around 1900 but I still dig the image.
I'm still not happy with the Dalton cover image. Dan The Man's cover design is superb, but I want the lead rider to be a little more menacing and a tad more historically accurate to 1892.
Daily Whip Out:
"Bob Dalton's Fake Whiskers Fooled No One"
I finally broke down and bought the controversial book, "The 1619 Project." I wanted to see what it really said, as opposed to all the lightning rod reaction to it. Here is my take so far:
• It's true we all suffer for the poor history we have been taught.
• We are a nation of defining contradictions.
• How do you explain an unflinching, bitter past to a polarized present? I'm not sure you can.
• As with most aspects of history, you can make a valid interpretation on both sides of most issues.
• Nations keep their shape by shaping their citizen's understanding of the past.
• Like all origin stories, we seek to explain our society to ourselves in order to give it some order and understanding. Good luck with that.
• Our preference for nostalgia and for a history that never happened is not without consequence.
"The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there."
—Old Vaquero Saying