Ted Slampyak is a resident New Mexician artist and writer living in the greater metro area. He first was published back in the early 80’s doing a parody strip for the Doctor Who fan magazines while he was in high school and college. He then had his first comic Jazz Age Chronicles published, by first EF Graphics and then by Caliber Press, in the late 80’s early 90’s. It was a detective, horror, thriller, comedy series set in 1920’s Boston, printed in black and white. It is now available as a two-volume graphic novel at http://www.JazzAgeComics.com. He later brought the series back as a weekly full-color web comic. Ted is still looking for a publisher willing to print this series in color. He also worked on several other comics throughout the 90’s. In 2004 Ted was tapped to do the Little Orphan Annie comic strip for Tribune Media. We had the chance to ask Ted a few questions.
We asked Ted, what were you thinking when you found out you had been selected to do the Little Orphan Annie comic strip? “Well I was thrilled! I had sent samples to all the major comic strip distributors and several wrote thanking me and saying they’d keep the samples on file. Little did I suspect, Tribune Media (the owners of Annie) really did, and when they needed a new artist for the strip they asked me to submit samples.”
Ted then went on to say, “When I agreed to take the job I was over the moon! Then they told me they needed the first strip in three days. Celebrations were cut short. I had to get to work fast.”
The Little Orphan Annie comic strip ran its final installment on June 13, 2010, ending its 85 year run. The final panel of the strip reads “And this is where we leave our Annie. For Now—“.
We asked Ted, do you personally believe they (Tribune Media) will ever bring back the Little Orphan Annie comic strip? “I doubt it. I don’t see that happening. I hope they bring back the character in some form — TV series, or something. Of course, if they did bring it back, I’d love to draw the strip again! I’d do it in a heartbeat!”
We asked Ted, since the comic strip ended, what have you been doing? “Well, apart from trying to find another steady comics job, I’ve been doing storyboards for movies and TV shows filming here in New Mexico, and some other freelance work here and there.”
Ted then told us about a soon to be released graphic novel he worked on. “a horror-western called Savage. It was written by R. A. Jones. I drew that story over ten years ago, but it’s never been published until now. It has some of my best artwork in it, and it’s a crazy fun story. It should
be coming out in a couple of months from Transfuzion Publishing.”
If you would like to contact Ted personally or professionally please email him at Ted@storytellersworkshop.com