From: Tiny Town, France
YAY! Or rather, SQUEE!
If you recall, Flaco originally was going to be a throw-away character and just leave the strip. But almost as soon as he left, folks began asking he be brought back for a homecoming and his first big adventure:
That first Flaco adventure is one of my favorites...and re-reading it makes me feel like we're due for a Saturday Adventure Storyline. :)
Flaco is like a scaly Ewok. Adventurous, indecipherable, capable and adorable. He is the perfect foil for so many things. Sidekick, hero, leader, he does it all. James Bond and Festus all rolled into one.
I remember an article about another cartoonist Berkeley Breathed who said that originally the character Opus was supposed to be just a throw away gag character. But he got so much positive mail about the new character that he decided to just keep him in permanently. I think that Flaco seems to work out the same way. But what ever happened to Dante?