From Monday July 11, Henry Barajas will join the faculty of Milford High School as a new writer on the Gil Thorp unionized sports band. The news was announced via the Tribune Content Agency.
In an article, content agency Tribune said:
“The unique stories of Gil Thorp will have a new voice… graphic novel author Henry Barajas, a Latinx author based in Los Angeles. Barajas replaces Neal Rubin »
Henry, as quoted in the post:
“Gil Thorp is a classic, timeless comic… I hope to do Gil justice in keeping current fans engaged while introducing new readers.
“I’m passionate about comics — and Gil Thorp holds a special place in my heart. I’m thrilled to tell the best story while putting the titular character and his loved ones through some tough times. Let’s say Gil Thorp will face some real problems in 2022.”
Henry is a writer and journalist who has produced comics for Image, DC, and Marvel. In 2019, Henry wrote and co-wrote an acclaimed graphic novel about his great-grandfather with artist J. Gonzo, The voice of MAYO: Tata Rambo, more recently he is the author of the fantasy Helm Greycastle. Henry served as Chief Operating Officer of Top Cow until 2021 and is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Oni Press. Most importantly – of all those solid hits on his resume – Henry was a member of our motley crew here at Stately Beat Manor from 2012 to 2016.
Gil Thorp is a long-running syndicated sports band created by Jack Berrill and published by the Tribune Content Agency since 1958. The strip centers on fictional high school athletic director Gil Thorp, who coaches the football, baseball, and basketball teams. Along with the sports aspect of the series, it tackled topical themes relevant to the lives of young people at the time and became favorite reading among a core group of adults and children. The series currently airs daily, Monday through Saturday.
Berrill was the sole author of Gil Thorp until 1993, when eyesight problems made him hand over the reins of the artist to Warren Sattler. After Berrill’s death, the strip saw a small succession of longtime writers and artists continue the series. Since 2004, the series has been written by Neil Rubin. Henry will take up the torch from Rubin alongside Rod Whigham who has been a strip artist since 2008.
You can find the Gil Thorp series on GoComics.