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Tom K Ryan

Background on Tumbleweeds comic strip by Tom K Ryan

Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Strip Art
Artists: Tom K Ryan All

Tumbleweeds was an American comic strip that offered a skewed perspective on life in the Old West. Writer-artist Tom K. Ryan (1926 - ) (who signed the strip "T.K. Ryan") was very familiar with conventions of the Western genre he satirized. Launched September 1965, the strip was distributed for decades initially by the Register and Tribune Syndicate and later by the King Features Syndicate after its acquisition.

Jim Davis, who created Garfield, was Ryan's assistant (from 1969 to 1978) while developing another strip, Gnorm Gnat.
After a 42-year run, Ryan retired and brought Tumbleweeds to a conclusion on December 30, 2007.

Characters and story:
Tumbleweeds is set in and around the town of Grimy Gulch, whose population was stated as 49 (later it was marked out and incremented to 50), in an unspecified Western territory. Other locations include the nearby village of the Poohawk tribe of Native Americans, and the US Army outpost Fort Ridiculous, manned by the 6 7/8 Cavalry.

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