Buckles up again

A bit of happy news for fans of David Gilbert’s Buckles, which ended back in March. The comic strip about a dog and his family has moved over to GoComics, which is rerunning the strip from its beginning. I don’t know whether there’ll be archives of the whole quarter-century run of the comic, but at least something’s available.

GoComics’s blog has a short interview with Gilbert which doesn’t answer my big question: why Gilbert ended the strip, on short notice, days before the 25th anniversary of the comic’s beginning. There’s a reference to his post-retirement happiness at not having a deadline to meet. But that’s not much to go on.

Paul, human: 'Buckles, wanna go out?' Buckles: 'Yeah!' Paul: 'Do ya wanna go out, boy?!! Huh? Do ya?!' Buckles: 'Yeah!! Out!! Yeah!!' Paul: 'Do you really, really, REALLY wanna go out?!!!' Buckles, dancing: 'YES!!! PAUL!!! YES!!!' Buckles, in his doghouse outside, moping: 'I thought he meant out to a movie or something.'
David Gilbert’s Buckles repeat for the 10th of May, 2021. This ran originally the 25th of March, 1996. I’m aware the link calls this “First Buckles”, but GoComics prepends “First” to the start of any of their comic strip archives; see “First” Agnes or “First” Gil or “First” Peanuts. I don’t know why they do that rather than have the “back” button bring you to a page that warns that’s the start of the archive.

Gilbert does say he has a few things in mind for what to do next, including “a new idea for a comic strip”. That would seem to conflict with a love of not facing deadlines. But in this web comic era it is easier to schedule one’s work so the deadlines don’t overload you.


Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

7 thoughts on “Buckles up again”

    1. Oh, that’s good, thank you.

      No matter what YouTube takes down, they’ll never get my mini-cassette tape with a couple Barry Mitchell songs from 1993 on it, like his epic “Stay Out Of Hollywood” advice for the Clintons.

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