Colorado editorial cartoonist Ed Stein is climbing onto the Web today to boldly launch a cartoon series on growing up in Waco, Texas, during the transformative 1950s and 1960s. The series is called Sleeper Ave and appears to be a kind of mash up of “Madmen” and “Road Runner” and “Johnny Test.”
Stein has posted Part I of the series, “The Lord of the Toads,” and is officially launching the project Wednesday.
Readers of the Rocky Mountain News (R.I.P.) will recall Stein’s work. He won a great many awards and in 1997 started drawing “Denver Square,” a daily strip about a fictional family living in Mile High City. The Denver Square series was later published in book form as “Denver Square, We Need a Bigger House.”
Stein is getting paid for Sleeper Ave through crowd funding, one of the emerging independent media funding models news and editorial writers and drawers have turned to in recent years.
Way to go, Ed!
[ Image via Ed Stein of himself in Waco in 1953 on the day a roaring tornado a third of a mile wide leveled the town. Nothing sleepy about that!]