Endnotes and Digressions:
1. Grey-tones and color for this installment by Chad Essley.
2. This comic has online bonus features! Mr. Griggs, spry at 75 and blessed with a rich life, loves to tell stories -- often employing character voices -- and he treated us to a good two-hour jaw about “Bumpity” and his life and career. You can check it out here.
3. Would you like to know more? By all means check out the bizarre 22-minute documentary “Bumpity Returns.” Directed by Patrick and Crispin Rosenkranz in 2001, it’s an eccentric collection of interviews, dream sequences, actorly re-creations and archival footage that leads to nothing less than the resurrection of Bumpity and Fred — as Griggs puts on a live reunion show at the Hollywood Library.
You can borrow the doc from the Multnomah County Library or visit the film’s official Web site, BumpityReturns.com.
(Thanks also to Crispin for the loan of his extensive collection of “Bumpity” archival photos.)
4. It also happens that Mr. Griggs is a skilled manufacturer of homemade teddy bears. (I’m told Jim Lehrer has one.) I’d like to publicly thank Griggs for the one he gave me as I was leaving his home. It is -- as any good “Bumpity” fan might expect -- bright green.
5. It strikes me that the last panel of this strip might look pretty cool on a t-shirt. If anyone wants to make their own iron-on or whatever, here's a link to a high-rez JPEG of that panel. Do please send a picture if you make a garment, and put something interesting in the empty word balloon.
6. And by all means, please share your own “Bumpity” memories if you have them. Drop us a line at culturepulp at gmail dot com or leave a comment below.
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