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Sally Forth: You Should Be Dancing

Posted in Uncategorized by cesco7 on November 19, 2017


Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who stayed with us throughout this story. I know it was not the most pleasant or humorous we have done and I greatly appreciate all your extremely kind words and encouragement.

Thank you to all who shared their own family stories, on Facebook and in email, creating a community of great heart, openness, and support. You are the ones who made this so much more than a series of comics and you helped me in more ways than I can count with my own healing process.

Thank you to my girlfriend Stacey, who encouraged me every step of the writing process and has always been there for me.

A huge THANK YOU to Jim Keefe. You made this possible. You drew every panel with quiet dignity, every strip with genuine warmth and humanity, and all of Sally Forth with a remarkable visual acuity that makes every character a person and every scene a reality. You did not repeatedly punch me when I wrote “Draw the album cover to Saturday Night Fever.” For all of this I will be always be amazed and grateful.

And thank you Dad, for being there and still being with me.

Now dance.

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  1. Green Luthor said, on November 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    And thank you for telling this story. I know it couldn’t have been easy (I lost my dad four years ago under entirely different circumstances, but there was so much that still rang true), but you managed to tell a compelling story without turning the whole thing into a depressing slog of despair (looking at you, Batiuk). And while the jokes weren’t present every strip, the ones that were there just plain worked, for the characters and the situation. (“Okay, this music has *got* to go” was a perfect punchline.)

    (Sorry, this isn’t as eloquent as I would have liked. Finding the right words isn’t easy sometimes.)

    And my condolences for the loss of your father. I’m sure he’s proud of his son right now.

  2. Bill said, on November 19, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    I want to thank you for a what has been a cathartic bit of storytelling for many people (including myself). Pain of losing a parent never goes away and the want to have one more word with them never leaves you. You and Jim did a superb job of expressing pain and grief and finally acceptance in a way that touched so many. Not to belabor the point, but you’ve shown the humanity in loss (something others have failed to do) and I thank you on so many levels. My condolences to you on your loss. I think you’ve made your father proud. Warmest regards.

  3. Chris C. said, on November 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you for these series of strips, Francesco. I haven’t lost any of my parents, but these are a gentle reminder to treasure the moments I share with them.

  4. kitoba said, on November 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Sorry for your loss, Francesco…

  5. Mark Edward Jackovich said, on November 20, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Thank you so much for your wonderful expression of the love between you and your father. My father died in 2013 and up to the time of my sister’s call notifying me of his death I never felt I was truly aware of how sick he had become in very short period of time. Your writing and Jim Keefe’s art have truly been a gift. May the recollection of all your memories continue to uplift you through the coming days.

  6. Sylvia Lienemann said, on November 21, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Wow. Such a beautiful storyline! Just like at birth, everyone has a different journey at the end. But there’s a common thread and you’ve captured this so accurately. And thank you to the link to “You Should Be Dancing”! Love the Bee Gees!

  7. Becky Kissinger said, on November 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you. Mom and Daddy lived with me the last couple of years. Daddy died August 2, 2017, just two weeks before his 85th birthday. I celebrate the wonderful memories. Sally Forth is the first thing I read in the morning paper for you are expressing through Ted so many of the feelings I am experiencing. I can laugh and cry at the same time. None of us are alone in this journey. My condolences to you. And thank you sharing your own experience in a way that touches so many others.


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