Andy Landorf at all times beloved comic books. And so, when he “retired involuntarily” in November 2016 after 39 years in promoting, he questioned if he may attempt writing one in all his personal. He instantly considered his good friend John Colquhoun, a former colleague and a gifted freelance illustrator, after which bought up the nerve to textual content him from mattress one morning.
“I mentioned, ‘Would you be concerned about doing a comic about folks our age, of their 60s?’ ” remembers Landorf, now 65. “I do know he’s a very robust viewers so I held my breath.”
Colquhoun’s response was swift, however usually deadpan. “The rumor was that your finest days had been behind you, however you’ve really nonetheless bought some good concepts,” he mentioned.
Quickly after this, the 2 Westchester-based associates met as much as bat round concepts and brainstorm potential characters. In January, they launched “The New 60”: a twice-weekly comic strip starring 4 wry sexagenarian males who hang around at their native diner and share humorous struggle tales from the entrance strains of at this time’s center age.
The characters embody Craig Thompson, a divorced historical past professor who’s dipping a toe within the shark-infested waters of on-line courting. And Al Bondigas, who resides it up as a fortunately married, retired artistic director — if solely his grownup son would lastly transfer out.
Colquhoun, 60, says the theme of the strip is these guys being “caught within the center”: “If you’re 60, you’re not able to retire. Even in the event you might financially, you continue to wish to discover one thing to do,” says the person who drew the “Pizza! Pizza!” man for Little Caesars. “In the meantime, all of the know-how is altering. Everyone is binge-watching. Your cellphone is your life.”
Landorf and Colquhoun submit new strips on their web site TheNew60Comic.com, as nicely as on Fb and Instagram. They replace twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays, which suggests they’re continuously on the hunt for brand spanking new concepts.
“Your antenna is at all times up,” says Landorf, who used to supervise the ad campaigns for Swiffer, Daybreak and Natural Essences. “My spouse and I went out to dinner with one other couple, and it was darkish and all people whipped out their cellphones [to read the menus]. It was like, increase! There’s a comic!”