Notes from the artist:Ever since I got the idea for Osmunda Haines, I’ve been itching to draw her into the strip. My original conception of her was more horrific: below the waist, leggy starlet; above the waist, a squat, shriveled pile resembling a termite mound. I tried lots of designs, but they were all too grotesque. I think my final model is just disturbing enough to be funny. Osmunda has great legs, like Joan Crawford (and was born the same year), and she has wildly age-inappropriate “glamour girl” hair, like Ginger Rogers in the 1970’s. She was initially inspired by Martha Raye, and slated to star in a storyline involving Sticky. I haven’t decided if I still want to write that one or not. At any rate, Dill is Osmunda’s biggest fan, so we’ll learn more about her and the film “Gazebo” as the strip progresses.
-- Jeremy Rizza
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