Comic Strip: Gil

Smiling in spite of it all.

Gil began its life in 2008, after Norm Feuti (creator of Retail) created and pitched a second series for syndication. It was a Slice of Life strip featured a chubby, eight-year-old boy with a bright outlook on life and a huge imagination. This helps him deal with the reality that he lives with his divorced mother, Cheryl, who does the best she can supporting them on very little without the help of his father, Frank, who is a lazy slacker that rarely involves himself in his son's life. Despite the grim premise, the strip was focused largely on humor from its naive and optimistic protagonist and the people he encounters every day.

Gil didn't get picked up for syndication, and Feuti decided to upload the pitch strips online. After positive response from readers of his blog and fellow cartoonists, he launched it as a full-time webcomic. The strip never made money, but Feuti continued as a personal project at least partially due to its basis in his own childhood. Sadly, Feuti reluctantly ended it after a year's run due to the time commitment and the fact it wasn't able to support itself. However, Feuti never gave up on Gil and compiled the best strips from the web comic version for a second syndication package. This time, he successfully sold it and it began its relaunch in syndication by King Features Syndicate in early 2012. The premise of the strip hasn't changed, though all of the strips are new (with a few that are reworks of older material).

Though after two years since the revival, Gil ended once again because of the lack of newspapers picking up the comic. Gil ended its run in newspapers at the end of 2013 until The Providence Journal uncancelled the comic on Mother's Day 2014, making Gil a Sunday-only feature.

Gil can be read on its official website.

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