Tom Duck and Harry has or have been stewing for over 50 years - mainly because their cartoonist couldn't draw ducks or pigs, so at this point what you see is what you get... or don't get. The website tomduckandharry.com began as an addition to Fred Herring's website oneandonehalfwits.com. (See below for the sad story of that seamy underbelly of the internet.) This website, tomduckandharry.com, contains selections from March 2004 on, during which time most of the strips were drawn while the cartoonist was commuting to work by bus and subway. That could explain the inconsistency in the drawings and the shaky line work, but it's really just his inability to draw ducks and pigs. Either way, check out our eponymous heroes below in daily gag format (A TD&H Sampler) or as a continuing strip (The First Adventure of TD&H or The Alaskan Adventure of TD&H).
Tom Duck, a denizen of New York City's Central Park, has tired of the rat race. He recalls his great-grandfather's tales of the Great Plains and the vast flocks of migratory waterfowl that blackened the sky and whitened the earth. So Tom flies west to find a new life, crossing the Hudson and New Jersey, where he begins to tire near the Pennsylvania border. Alighting atop a westbound Greyhound, he dozes off as the bus rolls on into the twilight. He awakens to dawn's early light and disembarks to scrounge breakfast, only to find himself on the outskirts of the hamlet of Gozaimasu,** Ohio, "population 756 last time we checked." A short flight into the hills southwest of town brings him to Cow Manor, a small farm run by African-American farmer Al MacDonald and his wife, Ellie. There, deep in the bowels of southern Ohio, Tom finds a new home, new adventures, and new friends, in particular his buddy-to-be, Harry (a pig).
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Daily format gag strips from March 2004 on. (They didn't appear daily, just at the cartoonist's whim. After all, this whole enterprise was just for his own amusement.)
Tom and Harry explore the environs of Cow Manor, including Pine Island and its legendary history, West Lake City, and a long buried secret tied to Gozaimasu. Uh, wait, that last part was never published by the cartoonist (but might be prevailed upon to do so some day).
Years after not publishing the remaining five days of the First Adventure of Tom Duck and Harry, our cartoonist sends them on another adventure, this time to Alaska (still in progress).
Prior to their setting off on their new adventure to Alaska, our heroes had an indirect connection to that state through their cartoonist's own adventures.
That is, neither Dewey nor Truman. Oddly enough, the election referenced here took place in November 1948, the same year earlier in which our perpetrator was born. As you can figure out for yourself, that was during the last year of President Franklin Roosevelt's fourth term, albeit being executed by Truman following Roosevelt's death in 1945. So you might questionably say that the individual in question has lived during the presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt, Dewey (albeit for a brief three-hour period in Chicago), Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. We'll leave it up to you to add "but not least" or its opposite to any of these. [Suffice it to say that several of these have been nominated to appear on the three-dollar bill, as in "as phony as a...". Your choices are probably directly related to your political leanings or ideology. Independents have a larger pool to consider.]
For now the guilty party has chosen to remain agnonymous (meaning he doesn't believe in himself), but if you're still interested in identifying him, you might find some parallels between his life story and that of Fred Herring, the f(l)ounder of One and One Half Wits Dot Com, which has been incorporated elsewhere in this website - or you can simply look at the phaked photograph or the copyright notice at the bottom of this page.
This block of text is here simply to let us insert the search phrases our web builder app said we needed on the home page: Ohio Gothic, puns, and cartoons. (These are phrases?} Apparently "Ohio Gothic" in the title doesn't count.
The truth is, no one will ever search for us, and if they find us, it will be by a fluke. Wasn't that how you got here?
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