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Encyclopedia > Eyebeam (comic)

Eyebeam was a daily comic strip written and illustrated by Sam Hurt at the University of Texas at Austin. The strip ran in the college's Daily Texan from 1980-1990, though primeval examples from 1978-1979 exist. In 1983, Austin's daily paper, the American-Statesman, picked up the strip. Other newspapers around the U.S. followed suit, although "Eyebeam"s family of subscribers was never greater than a few dozen. The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ... The Daily Texan is the student newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... This article is about the year. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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By 1982, "Eyebeam"s popularity was such that a monster character called Hank the Hallucination won the school's election for the Student Government's presidency. A figment of Eyebeam's imagination even within the boundaries of the comic, Hank received more votes than the two human candidates combined. After it was ruled that imaginary characters could not serve in the post, future Democratic adviser and CNN talking head Paul Begala was the campus' second choice. Following his loss, Begala wrote a tongue-in-cheek complaint for the Texan, arguing "I cannot help but feel Hank's platform is illusory at best .... I must say that the candidate himself lacks substance." 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... Paul Begala (born May 12, 1961) is a political consultant, a commentator, and a former advisor to President Bill Clinton. ... Sarcasm is the making of remarks intended to mock the person referred to (who is normally the person addressed), a situation or thing. ...


The strip developed a devoted enough fanbase to support a steady series of paperback collections, as well as ancillary merchandise such as T-shirts.


Beginning as a fairly typical "college life" strip, "Eyebeam" quickly mutated into something more. Besides the title character (a bemused, rail-thin lawyer and accepter of weirdness) and the aforementioned Hank, regular characters included Eyebeam's down-to-earth but sexually voracious girlfriend Sally, and his best friend, the conical ne'er-do-well Ratliff. Secondary characters included the slacker robot IM4U, the narcissistic Rod Rutherford, Rod's lovestruck girlfriend Beth, and Eyebeam's coworker Vernon (who seemed to be missing the top of his head). Much later, Ratliff's rambunctuous niece Peaches burst into the storylines, which indirectly led to the strip's demise.


In 1990, Hurt abandoned the comic strip, taking an offer from United Feature Syndicate to start a new strip based on the Peaches character, "Queen of the Universe." The strip was sometimes called "Peaches, Queen of the Universe." Hurt's freewheeling style did not translate as well under the syndicated system, which was apparently hoping for a female Calvin character, and the latter strip was not a success. Some readers felt the most Eyebeam-like sequences of the strip's run came at the very end, after Hurt had gotten the cancellation notice. This article is about the year. ... United Media is large editorial column and comic strip newspaper syndication service based in the United States, owned by The E.W. Scripps Company. ... Listen to this article (3 parts) · (info) Part 1 · Part 2 · Part 3 This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-01-29, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...


Hurt's drawing style was thick and loose, and used periodically shifting backgrounds akin to George Herriman's "Krazy Kat." A vase of flowers might turn into an umbrella stand, then a fountain, by the last panel. The strip's logo was similarly ever-changing. Many of the strip's odder visual elements were accepted at face value, if discussed at all, such as Sally's endless jetstream of hair, or Ratliff's bedroom time machine and humongous blob of an automobile. George Herriman and some of his fans. ... Detail of a Sunday page in which Ignatz, disguised as a painting, hurls a brick at Krazy Kat, who interprets it as an expression of love. ...


Sam Hurt revived Eyebeam in 1995, but as a weekly. A comic book series also appeared, combining reprints with fresh material. Hurt discontinued "Eyebeam" for a second time in 2002. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


When the Comics Journal compiled its 2000 list of the greatest comics of the century, "Eyebeam" received one judge's vote. The Comics Journal is an American magazine of news and criticism pertaining to comic books and strips, renowned for its in-depth interviews, often scathing reviews, and an editorial ethos that views comics as a fine art deserving of broader cultural respect. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


Hurt remains in Austin, Texas where he does animation and sculpture. Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas County Travis County Mayor Will Wynn Area    - City 669. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Animation is the technique of filming a sequence of drawings or positions of models to create an illusion of movement. ... An Italian Futurist sculpture by Umberto Boccioni at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (MoMA). ...


Published collections

  • 1982: "I'm Pretty Sure I've Got My Death-Ray In Here SOMEWHERE"
  • 1984: "Eyebeam, Therefore I Am"
  • 1985: "Eenie Meenie Minie Tweed"
  • 1985: "Our Eyebeams Twisted"
  • 1985: "The Mind's Eyebeam"
  • 1988: "Teetering on the Blink"
  • 1988: "Render Unto Peaches"
  • 1990: "Eyebeam : The Complete Collection 1978-1989"

Other Uses

Eyebeam comics have been extensively used in the American Bar Association's essay compilation Full Disclosure: Do you Really Want to be a Lawyer? American Bar Associations Washington, DC office The American Bar Association (ABA) is a voluntary bar association of lawyers which is not specific to any jurisdiction in the United States. ...


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