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Interviewed: Dean Young on Blondie’s longevity
The Duluth News Tribune picked up Blondie and talked to Dean Young who now produces the comic his father created. Here’s the interesting tidbit:
DNT: How about yourself growing up? What impact did the strip have on you?
DY: I wanted to be something else. I wanted to own an ad agency. I can’t believe I was thinking that.
DNT: You went into it?
DY: Oh, yeah. So my dad invited me to come back. I couldn’t get my stuff packed soon enough.
He was my mentor, my teacher, and my father. He taught me everything about how to run a comic strip. He taught me some things that I had to part ways with him on, that seemed old fashioned.
DNT: Every good mentor-protégé relationship has a point where the protégé goes out on his or her own.
DY: When he died, (hundreds) of newspapers dropped the comic strip on the basis of his death. I was having trouble and I remembered him telling me “just do what you think is funny.” I had to do something different and I did. I introduced a few new characters, and, of course, the car pool. One of the big events was Blondie going to work. There’s a place I got some more fallow ground to work with. I think a lot of women can relate to Blondie in that regard.