It’s been almost a year since the final strip of Yehuda Moon & the Kickstand Cyclery was published as a webcomic. Unlike other popular strips, there was no epic closure, no promise of continued untold adventures like the all-the-feels finalé to Calvin and Hobbes. Cartoonist Rick Smith and then writing partner Brian Griggs ended the series mid-story, actually, at the very beginning of a new storyline wherein the often absent-minded titular character forgets about the alley-cat he organized.
If you ride a bike – especially year round – there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the strip. Yet gauging from numerous people I know who’ve never heard of Yehuda, there’s an equally good chance you have five years of catching up to do. Yehuda Moon isn’t just a strip about people on bikes. It’s a damn fine comic, period.
Smith found his greatest inspiration in the work of Harold Gray, Chester Gould, and Frank King, but admits, as all modern comic artists must, to having an adoration of Charles Schultz and Bill Watterson. Reading the entire series, it’s easy to see the influence of perhaps Garry Trudeau‘s Doonesbury as well.