I have to admit that it all started around the age of ten. Drawing on notebooks, being sent to my room for bad behaviour (always keep pencils and paper under your bed). I remember drawing the rock group Kiss with my good friend Jim all over our notebooks. You would think I would enjoy art class but they always wanted us to create a pot or vase, forget that I wanted to draw! I wanted to become a cartoonist even though I didn’t know what one was and the thought of more school certainly turned me off of that. So I left school and started working in the transportation industry humping furniture (good job for guys as big as me) eventually owning trucks and spending life driving up and down the highways never to pick up a pencil again. However life has a way of pushing your passions back in front of you and after a divorce I dove back into my drawing very badly at first. Low and behold here we are as an illustrator in the arts years later.
Highway Blues Cartoons
This series of cartoons and comics are from many of my memories of life on the road over 25 years
of driving. The Highway Blues have been published in various transportation magazines since 2008 and since those magazines are monthly they are a mix of panel cartoons and strips.
Bear & Knuckles Comic Strip
The Bear & Knuckles comic strip was an off shoot of the Highway Blues. It ran for two years in the transportation magazines before ending.
The Pride Junkie Comic Series
The comic series was published annually from 2008-2011. There are three issues that are sold out. We started a fourth but have put it on hold to go in a new direction.
Why call a comic the Pride Junkie? Pride Junkie you ask? Title wise it just seemed to work for me. The real reason is that pride is something I have always been into since my childhood days. The day I started driving I always kept my vehicles in tip-top shape. That has taken me a long way in life as I was brought up with a strong work ethic.
Since I am no longer trucking for a living, I am using my artistic talents and life experiences from the trucking industry to help the kids of today to take pride in themselves and do things to the best of their abilities. I believe “pride” stands for important values in life such as integrity, dignity, respect, passion, and excellence. If kids follow those values they will overcome many of the obstacles of life. I hope you enjoy the comic book and the website.
About the Artist
All the cartoons and comic work are property of Bruce Outridge Productions and their parent company Outridge Enterprises Inc. No work can be downloaded or reproduced without written consent from the company. To learn more about the artist and other products and services from the artist visit his website at www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com