This week, candidate Art Hamrick was successful in his bid for the seat on the Clay County Board of Supervisors vacated by Joe Skow. That's, of course, more relevant to readers in Clay County itself, but I happened to cover the board for a little less than a year while Skow was a member. Although typically quiet, he did serve a variety of roles throughout the community, both in Spencer and in the wider county. Now, his torch will pass to Hamrick and it will no doubt be a difficult role to fill, but one Hamrick I expect is looking forward to in this case.
The very image of passing the torch of the supervisor seat was enough to get this idea off the ground. A tie-in with the Christmas Holiday made for a timely and locally relevant panel, which I'm well pleased with, if I do say so. The torch and Christmas mix also calls to mind images of the Ghost of Christmas Present in Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," and I think that subtextual interpretation works well with the spirit of the overall work. This piece took a little more than two hours. It might have been less, but you'll see a blip in the animation where I realized my box did not meet the laws of perspective (even the pros can make rookie mistakes kids). I actually had to refer back to a previous cartoon for reference on a successful flame technique, but ultimately tweeked it a bit more for a better effect.
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