A daily comic strip by Philip Street that appeared
from 1992 till 2012 in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper.
The Fisher comic strip started publication on June 24, 1992, in The Globe and Mail. (A tip of the hat here to Warren Clements, the Globe editor who took it on.) At first Fisher appeared four times a week, sharing the space with Warren’s own Nestlings strip. In the fall of 1993 Fisher went to six days a week, and by the time it wound up its run in the newpaper in September of 2012, over 6000 strips had been published. For most of that time the strip was in black-and-white, but when the Globe went all-colour in October of 2010 the comics page followed suit.
As the strip begins, Tom Fisher is rather overeducated and certainly unemployed. In his mid-twenties, he has come to ground and is living with his parents… until he decides to move back to Toronto to try his fortune again. (The archive does not yet go back all the way to the beginning, but I intend to remedy that eventually.) He joins a co-op household and looks for work — and for love. The evolution of the story from there has had many developments and a few dead ends. I hope you enjoy it.
A disclaimer: Although it’s true that the character of Tom is something of an alter ego for me, and that I draw inspiration from things that have happened to me and to other people, the strip is not even close to being autobiographical. Except sometimes.
Cartoonist & Animator
Philip Street is a cartoonist and animator. He grew up in Blyth, Ontario, reading comic books and MAD magazine. By the time he was in high school he had decided that he would be a cartoonist. One thing led to another and he wound up at the University of Toronto, where he studied English and drew cartoons for campus newspapers. A job drawing caricatures at Ontario Place for several summers allowed him to postpone adulthood further.
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