Nancy co-cartoonist Guy Gilchrist has announced that he’s closing his private art school, Guy Gilchrist’s Cartoonist’s Academy. He has funded and run the academy for the last five years, but with waning enrollment due to the recession and a growing interest in his songwriting by big artists and producers in Nashville, he simply says, “it’s time for my next adventure.”
You might remember a one-line news item last fall about Guy pursuing an old passion of writing and performing music. At a cross-road moment of his life in the early ’80s, Guy had a hit that briefly cracked the Billboard top 100 that peaked the interest of notable names in entertainment, but he also had an opportunity to work with Jim Henson drawing “The Muppets” comic strip that was syndicated worldwide. Guy chose the latter and put his music career on hold.
Lately the music bug started biting again. A much older Guy, he felt he had more to say and so he started putting his poems to music and began playing in local establishments. He also recorded his own CD and has a record contract pending in Nashville. The move to Tennessee is an effort to place him closer to the who’s who of the music industry.
Asked about his plans with the Nancy strip, Guy says he has no plans to stop doing the strip.