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Thursday, February 4, 2010 Dedham Transcript wickedlocaldedham.com

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Do you remember your Table Manners?

Brendan Hayes and Dan Franch met in Morocco in 1994, while volunteering with the Peace Corps. During that time, Hayes, a Dedham resident, developed his first singlepanel comic Camel Toe, which was printed in the Peace Corps newsletter. While Hayes crafted the monthly comic, he bounced ideas off of Franch and this relationship has continued. Dan is an idea guy and gifted writer, so weve worked on some childrens book ideas, Hayes said. Writing is his true craft. He spends his free time writing poetry, song lyrics and childrens stories. Since leaving the Peace Corps in 1996, the two have managed to stay in contact. Since then, we have seen each other sporadically and in random places Chicago, Boston, Italy, Lake Placid, Franch said. But we stay in contact regularly via e-mail, our lives paralleling each others in some random, cosmic way. Even though the two are on different continents they regularly collaborate on the Dedham Transcripts newest cartoon Table Manners. Whats your backQ::ground,I havean artist? as Hayes: no Atraining. I startedformal drawing comic characters while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. I sent homemade X-Mas cards to my family and Ive been making holiday cards ever since. Franch: If you mean visual arts, I have no background or inclinations in that area. I write poetry, childrens stories and song lyrics. All three are hobbies, not an active pursuit. As I am not an artist, I just came

About Brendan
Age: 38, but I act half my age. Address: East Street, Dedham Occupation: Earth Science Teacher Favorite cartoonist: Tied between Gary Larson (The Far Side) and Dan Pisaro (Bizarro)

About Dan
Age: 43 Address: Asmara International Community School, Eritrea, in the Horn of Africa. Occupation: Upper School English Teacher Favorite cartoonist: Joe Martin (Mr. Boffo, Willy n Ethel)

up with the title and general idea. From there, I simply provide ideas for strips and feedback on the characters.

the your cartoon Q:ofWhat is newbackstory Table Manners? Hayes: My friend and Can you A:co-creator, Dan Franch, Q::Bull family?explain the e-mailed me one day a few Hayes: The Bulls are months ago and mentioned Anot a typicalstay-at-home middle-class that he had a comic strip idea. family. Eddy is a He came up with the name late one sleepless night in Eritrea, East Africa. He sent along a couple of ideas that were floating around in his head and we began bouncing jokes off each other ever since. The first strip of Table Manners was one of his original three.

Plus, all sorts of topics come up at the dinner table, and kids seem to be always doing and saying and thinking unpredictable things there. It is perfect family time with all its imperfections.

but the characters ultimately came to life this past December when we met up at Lake Placid, NY. Franch: Brendan and his kids came up to visit my family and me. We were vacationing there en route to Chicago to visit my parents. While coming up with ideas for characters, their personalities and their roles, Brendan would sketch and re-sketch how they should look. The more we shared ideas and the more Brendan, drew the more real the whole thing became. Hayes: The names of Eddy, Eda, and Mandy were carefully selected and Nevin and Morgus came about spontaneously. Dan has two sons, Sandor and Markus, and I have two daughters Sahara and Neve. I brought the girls with me to Lake Placid and he was vacationing with his family. One morning while the kids were playing, I overheard Neve refer to Markus as Morgus. I chuckled, ran into the kitchen to tell Dan what had happened, and we decided it was a perfect name for the 8-year-old. Dan suggested Nevin as a way to work in Neve.

dad and Eda, an event coordinator, is the breadwinner. Franch: I suppose, with a modern family twist ... And the kids are typical kids; Morgus, 8, is a smart-aleck, Nevin, 16, is an instigator, and Mandy, though she has yet to be introduced in the strip, goes to college.

Are they based on Q::one in particular? anyHayes: No, of the inAteacher, somebut being a teractions Ive had with my

Why center a Q:around food and thestrip Q:the characters?develop dinHow did you ner table? Franch: idea Hayes: A:evolved from Thetitleisof and had somefirst three ideas A:with the Dan came up the the strip. Table Manners, a very general short, catchy phrase. The setting is simple and straightforward. characters in mind. We exchanged ideas through e-mail,

students will come into play. Franch: While the characters arent based on anyone in particular, their names have a story Eddy, Eda and Mandy have their own quirky story that well leave for the readers to figure out.
Dedham Transcript editor Andrea Salisbury can be reached at 781-433-8322 or by e-mail at asalisbu@cnc.com.

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