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More details on ‘Lum and Abner’ sponsorships

By: 26 May 2012 5 Comments

As anyone who follows our Lum and Abner comic strip should know by now, we’re gearing up for a second year of the series.

Ah, but there’s a problem — we’ve got to pay for the rights to use those characters and that takes some cash. To that end, we’re looking for some sponsors to keep the strip going for another year.

We’ve had a few sponsorships come through and that’s great. However, we’re in need of some more. Now, here’s the deal — all sponsors will get something quite valuable in exchange for a few bucks.

As we’ve already announced, anyone who sends in $50 or more gets one of the original, black and white strips that were produced by artist Donnie Pitchford. Yes, those are the hand-drawn originals that form the basis of the strip. Those are the strips as they appear before they’re colored and are, indeed, quite unique.

We’re also revamping the sponsorships page so that ads will be more prominent and sponsors who give $100 or more will get an ad on both that page and the main comics page. Click here to see the different donation levels and the size of ad that comes with each. If you’ve not yet seen the Lum and Abner comic strip, click here to see the current series. If you’re not sure why Lum and Abner are so important to Arkansas’ cultural history, click here and learn a little something.

Ready to jump in and give a donation? Great! Just click the below link to send a donation through PayPal (yes, credit cards are accepted).

Of course, we’ll take checks, too. You can send those to Big Thermos Media, 601 Swanee, Benton, AR 72019. If you have any questions, please send an email to If you give enough to claim the aforementioned original artwork or get a banner or button ad, you’ll need to get in touch so we can finalize a few details.

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  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    The original art (available for $50-and-up sponsorships) is done on 11×17-inch Bristol board in India ink. The image area is 10.5 x 16 inches. I will be happy to sign the originals if the sponsor wishes. Thanks to everyone for sponsoring!

    The originals of “Lum and Abner” strips 1, 4, 7, and 30 are already taken.

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    The original art boards for “Lum and Abner” #28 and #38 have been claimed by sponsors.

  • Lum and Abner Museum said:

    Please use the website link to go with our sponsorship donation. There is another but we like this one the best as it has the most info.

    I just sent an email saying that the museum is making a donation and Donnie knows which artwork we want. You ask for a ‘mail’ address so I sent a USPS address in the earlier email. Altho the email went thru there was an address error notation. If you want an email address, you need to say so. Don’t know if that was the prob as I also misread and put my email address where you asked for a website address.
    Kathy Stucker

  • Donnie Pitchford said:

    Update on the availability of original L&A art! The following pages have been claimed (and some are being mailed Friday, June 1, 2012): #1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 15, 16, 21, 28, 30, 34, 38, and 41. Thanks, everyone!

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