Skookum reminds me of the (unnamed) Dog in “Footrot Flats.” Only whereas that Dog has dialog it is for the readers, and not Wal. Skookum and Marten do converse. Actually Marten talks with other animals. However, this is more about Skookum than Marten. So, let us see what the back cover looks like.
So, we can see that the strip is geared toward the north end of the North American Continent.
The Author kindly provides us with orientation pages, and here they are.
In the back of the book we have a bio of the author.
His publisher has a website, with pretty much the same information, but a more recent photo.
At the back of the book there is something I have not seen in a cartoon book: An Index. And here it is.
Oh, and I picked this book up at the Pendleton Book Company. I get through Pendleton every so often, and when I hit town a while ago, went looking for the shop. It was shuttered. However the phone was still good, and the owner told me she had moved around the corner.
So, on to the cartoons. Let us start off with some bush lore.
Since Rosie plays an important part in the strip-after Skookum, of course, here she is.
And then they return to home.
Well, from grants, to politically incorrect…
The government realizes the kinds of stresses one encounters in the far north, so they provide trained folks to help out…
And speaking of the government…
Remember the government worrying about the health of the community? Looks like they are also concerned with isolated members, as when they are on a trap line.
The north supposedly has low crime rate. At least against people, as opposed to poaching, etc.
There are places here in Oregon, where people do not necessarily lock their doors. However, as my sister-in-law, who lives in Fossil, noted, the only time you do lock your car doors, is during Zucchini season. That comment got me to thinking of a couple of other cartoon strips, and their take on Zucchini season.
But, back to low crime in the far north. Unfortunately, even small villages in Alaska can have big city crime. From the reference in the cartoon to the 80’s and the book copyright, 1994, I would like to think that that was the way it was. For today, maybe not so much. Follow this link:
Well, let us move along to a more happy subject.
This reminds me of a wedding my wife and I attended down on the southern edge of Oregon. The Groom was a well known professional Bull Rider, the Groomsmen were all cowboys and rodeo riders. When the Preacher asked who had the ring, the Groom turned and gave a piercing whistle, and his cow dog trotted up the aisle, with the ring on a sash around his neck.
Well, one thing leads to another.
Well, not all relationships make the grade.
And you kind of wonder about Rosie and Marten, what with his easily sidetracked activities.
Oh, well. The author does have fun with misguided tree huggers.
And a little more fun with the government, inaction. Uh, in action.
Actually, most every Alaska resident gets an annual subsidy from the state government. It is written into the state constitution, and is known as the Alaska Permanent Fund. The amount per resident varies. It was $331.29 in 1984, and $2,069.00 plus another one time payment of $1,200.00 in 2008. Here is more information courtesy of Wikipedia.
Well, back to Marten, the kindhearted person that he is, and Rosie, his long suffering wife.
Tips on Bear Hunting.
How about back to the government, and subversion of.
Sometimes the government comes through.
Which lead to,
I guess they didn’t get around to improving that part of the road.
So, how about relationships up north.
Here’s one for the birds.
I can relate to the following, as my folks used to go down to the train station and watch the train come through. Today, we do the same, because one of the few remaining working steam locomotives occasionally chugs up the track, and the town turns out to take photos, and enjoy being bathed in steam.
And, back to the home front.
I guess I should have put this with the summertime gas jockey.
Can’t win for losing.
It is always nice to see a father passing on knowledge to his son.
Same road, different view.
I’ll just post the next and move along.
How to liven up a party. Or end it.
We end with a cartoon on clear cuts. I see that this system is used in other parts of the world, with probably the same results.
If you are interested in what clear cuts look like, here is just one example. Or, use your search engine, and put in “alaska clear cuts” or “clearcuts in the Tongass National Forest, Alaska.”
In any case, the above cartoon seems to fit as the last cartoon in this post. (Last remaining cartoon?)
Until next time,