The San Francisco Chronicle that has ran the local Farley comic since 1985 has finally printed a background story on why Phil Frank is retiring his Farley character. According to the report, Phil “is retiring because of a serious illness that has kept him confined to his home in Sausalito for several months and has made it impossible for him to continue to draw the strips.”
The Chronicle has also produced a podcast with Rod Gilchristk, Cartoon Art Museum director, editorial cartoonists Tom Meyer and George Russell, and Bad Reporter creator Don Asmussen. The group discuss Phil’s influence on them. Don mentions that he’s doing a tribute strip in the near future.