|(Harry in his Sawyer,Michigan studio)|
Whenever I'm feeling that I've gotten a little ancient and should be put out to pasture, I make sure I give one of my friends Leonard Starr, Bob McGinnis or Harry Borgman a call. All this gentlemen are on the high side of 80, yet they all remain active and involved in the creative process and are terrific conversationalists. Mostly, they remind me that life doesn't end when you start collecting social security.
Born in 1928, Harry was a big fan of the comicstrip from his earliest days, his favorites being Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, and Caniff's Terry and the Pirates with the exotic Dragon Lady and the lovely Burma. His favorite artist was Lou Fine who worked for both Quality Comics and on Will Eisner's Spirit.
|(Harry's house and studio with his two supervisors.)|
At the same time this dynamo was teaching full time at Detroit Arts and Crafts. In retrospect, I certainly wish I would have had the opportunity to take one of Harry's classes. It would have been a major boost to my own slow torturous slog of trying to teach myself about the art and storytelling process. I also found someway to miss meeting him when we were both at the 1970 Detroit Triple Con. What an opportunity lost. However, I was lucky enough to discover his books and what an education they were.
The man was also a world traveller, often being sent on location for assignments: Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Libya, Chile, and Brazil to name a few stops. He lived in Paris for close to ten year in the late 70's and early 80's, and then for several years in NYC. Now he resides in Sawyer, Michigan, where I have been lucky enough to visit him a couple of times. He continues to exhibit his both paintings and sculpture; in fact, one of his shows was used recently as a set on an episode of The Good Wife.
|(Myself and Harry mugging for a very, very short photographer.)|