The iconic daily comic strip, "Nancy," once again highlighted Homecoming friend and Grammy winner Jason Crabb this week. This is Crabb's second time "in the funny papers." In December of 2013, the comic strip featured Phil Fumble, who dates Nancy's aunt Fritzi, wearing a T-shirt with Jason's name on the front.
During the week of May 5th, 2014, Guy Gilchrist, illustrator of the famed comic strip, brought Jason Crabb into a week-long story arc. This time, Phil wears a T-shirt with the message "LOVE IS STRONGER - JASON CRABB" emblazoned on the front. Phil wears this T-shirt during the strip for the entire week, making this the first time in the comic strip's history that Gilchrist has featured an artist for an entire week.
The story arc is a background on character Phil Fumble. Aunt Fritzi and Phil were high-school sweethearts and he re-entered Fritzi's life last year. We find out that Phil had a troubled childhood as he lived with an abusive stepparent causing him to cope with many trials in his youth. Through mentoring by his uncle, who is in ministry, Phil's life is changed through the love of this relative. As the story evolves, we see that Phil Fumble is wearing a shirt that says "LOVE IS STRONGER - JASON CRABB," a very appropriate message.
Other artists featured during this important arc are Aerosmith and the Beatles. The week-long story can be viewed here (though the best viewing of Phil's T-shirt is here.)
Gilchrist, who resides in the Nashville area, has embedded his love for music within the strip, honoring artists such as Elvis, the Beatles, Charlie Daniels, Rascal Flatts, Patti Page, George Jones, Don McLean, and many more. A collection of these music-related strips was donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. They are currently on display as part of the larger, ongoing exhibit, “Nancy Loves Nashville,” at the Nashville International Airport, which will run through 2015. For more information on "Nancy," visit nancyandsluggo.com.
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