In 1994 United Feature Syndicate decided to go retro with the Nancy comic strip. Word was quietly spread among the cartooning community that UFS was looking for submissions to bring Nancy back to the Ernie Bushmiller style. Cartoonist Ivan Brunetti heard and created almost nine weeks of tryout strips. He says the competition came down to him and ” a writer/artist team of two brothers.”
Five years later Ivan relived the experience and annotated the samples in a 1999 issue of Roctober.
Mike Lynch had a copy of that magazine and posted the thirteen pages.
Then, in 2014, Ivan wrote about the experience again for Boing Boing.
Nancy is a harsh taskmaster; resuscitating it was a grueling task, but the challenge was invigorating and edifying. By drawing Nancy, I realized that every character (even the environment) in a strip is the cartoonist and is invested and imbued with the cartoonist’s life force.
Hogan’s Alley #13 (2005) ran an interview with Bud Blake, the creator of the Tiger comic strip. The interview took place in mid 2004 and by that time Bud has retired from the daily deadlines. A foot note to the feature said John Wood and Eric Reaves had been hired to continue the Tiger comic strip. For whatever reason that never happened and Tiger has been in rerun status since March 2004. But a few of Eric Reaves Tiger strips have surfaced.
A few more can be seen at Eric’s cartoon art gallery page.