Monday, May 11, 2009

Elder Van Dyke

I created Elder Alex Van Dyke (he's the missionary on the left) in the Spring of 1993, shortly after receiving my mission call to the Vienna Austria Mission where I would serve in the country of Slovenija. He became sort of my missionary alter-ego. Every week when I would write home, I would include a missionary gag starring him.

Later when I came home off my mission, I decided to create a strip tracking Van Dyke throughout his mission. The project took nearly a decade to complete, but now I've got over 500 strips chronicling Elder Van Dyke from mission call to homecoming.

And since I've got all those strips laying around, I figured I mind as well post them on this blog.

(Remember, click on the image for a larger view.)


  1. Will you be posting these in chronological order? Or will this be like "Memento"? Maybe like "Lost" with a series of flashbacks introducing the characters?

  2. Arie Van De GraaffMay 11, 2009 at 11:44 AM

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  3. I'm not going to be posting the strips chronologically. First of all, to do that would take ten years to get through Van Dyke's mission. And secondly, the chronological collection of strips should be coming out in another format in the near future...

  4. Great, I'm looking forward to reading them! I remember some of the strips from the time you served your mission here and I enjoyed them! Thanks!

  5. It's too bad you won't be doing them in chronological order. I was hoping to save them all and publish them under my name before you get a chance to copyright them. It was all part of my master plan to become a guest on Oprah.

  6. Hee! Hee! :D I love the comments by Eric too. :)