I’ve known Oscar Case since my days as Editor at Large for Beat to a Pulp. He is possibly the longest-running reader of Ashedit. Currently working on his 9th western novel, Oscar is also a talented and droll cartoonist. The way he captures expressions with a simple line drawing is amazing. After Charlie Hebdo, I decided it was high time to celebrate the cartoonists in my life. So take it away Oscar…
OSCAR CASE: The people who were my greatest influence were my high school art teacher and a teen-aged friend up the street. The teacher encouraged me to practice and practice, but the kid up the street showed me how. He could draw about anything and do a great job. He was a natural artist. I wonder whatever became of him? I was also influenced by the people who drew the comic books and strips in the paper. They made it look so easy.
I don’t have a favorite cartoonist because I admire anyone who draws, but I have liked certain cartoon strips and books over the years: Joe Palooka, Li’l Abner, Maggie and Jiggs, Dick Tracy, Andy Capp is a favorite, used to read the Superman comics, etc., and all the others because they have kept me entertained and provided comic relief throughout the days and years. Don’t much care for sci-fi or horror comics, or those with a serious note in them. Some editorial cartoonists are excellent, but I have memory loss when it comes to the names.
I’ve always had a latent interest in art even before I took an Art class in high school way back, but my interest was re-awakened in the 70’s. I did some miniatures in acrylics and a few larger items while unemployed. I did these for my own amusement to pass the time and gave most of them away. Other than the high school class, I’ve had no formal training. About five or six years ago, I took up doodling and messing around with cartoons and sketches of famous authors, and that’s where I am now.
As to my writing, I’m working on my ninth western. This one is about a young Indian who wants to become a preacher back in the days when about everyone hated Indians, and his ambitions keep getting diverted. I have been self-publishing on Create Space after using a vanity press (iUniverse) for the first three or four. I can’t wait for for the publishing houses due to age (82), and have no complaints. I write for the average reader of westerns who may have a high school education or may not.
ELAINE ASH: Where have you been published/where can we see more of your work?