Todd Camp '88
is returning for his 10-year reunion. And he's bringing his irreverent
comic strip, The Campus Underground, with him.
Todd Camp '88
spend four years with people without getting to know them pretty well.
The fact that said people don't actually exist is beside the point.
When I first
created the characters in my comic strip The Campus Underground in 1984
as a freshman at TCU, I felt that they were as real to me as any of my
roommates at the time. At least I remember my character's names. (Just
kidding Duane, Barry, Dave and, uh, the tall one.) Watching those little
bug-eyed oddballs go about their daily adventures was one of the most
entertaining aspects of my college years‹almost as amusing as observing
the antics of my comic strip characters.
with most of my college roommates, I lost track of the strip gang over
the years. You know how it is. People move, get new jobs, get married,
make new friends and realize that the only thing they had in common with
college chums was a general sense of apathy and a rapidly expanding terror
of winding up pushing a shopping cart full of trash down Berry Street
after dropping 50 grand on a four-year drinking binge with some classes
squeezed in between hangovers.
So as my
10-year college reunion approaches, I decided to pull out an old Frog
Calls and track down some of the Undergrounders to find out what they're
up to these days.
Krelbum. Probably the most 'with it' of the gang, Seymour put his BFA
to good use selling vacuums for the Kirby people while doing the odd stage
play for Fort Worth Theater (I mean that, he was only in the odd ones).
Seymour finally realized his dream of working on stage full time, he now
wipes up the sweat after ballet concerts at the new Nancy Lee and Perry
R. Bass Performance Hall.
Edison Lectroid. Max's frequent anxiety attacks seemed to calm when he
came out of the closet after graduation. As editor of the college scandal
rag, The Campus Underground, he put his talents to good use editing the
gay & lesbian scandal rag, Life Underground. Fans of Max's scathing rants,
from inaction in the student house of representatives to cafeteria Styrofoam
cups, will be thrilled to learn he now writes about fashion don'ts in
the U.S. House of Representatives and the perils of Internet dating.
Dwayne. The accompanying strips pretty much sum up these guys activities.
I mean, come on, they're squirrels. Hyrum still likes to cuddle up with
the latest Michener opus while Dwayne flirted briefly with becoming a
Tibetan monk. Downside: not many trees in Tibet.
& Eugene. Few people know that these crafty roaches are actually behind
the recent retirement of Chancellor Tucker. After lurking in the TCU computer
system for 10 years, the two managed to continually lower the chancellor's
salary until he could no longer afford to work at TCU. But before you
get any ideas, Iggy insists that they had nothing to do with those annual
Burner. After saving TCU from the rampages of Bowheadism, he also staved
off an epidemic of soap opera addiction in the men's dorms. But his work
on projects like Jeep-driver-attractiveness-enhancement-phenomenon (you
know, how guys who drive Jeeps are cuter than guys who drive, say, Hyundais)
was deemed unworthy of tenure. He now works as a java slinger at the TCU
Bookstore Starbucks, but rumor has it he's up to something Š something
Camp is assistant editor of Star Time, the weekly entertainment guide
of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any
similarities between his comic strip characters and actual individuals
is purely intentional.