Gerhard hasn’t even arrived yet. I began reading just before High Society and hadn’t looked at any of this in years. All of this work as solo project was such an accomplishment (publishing on top of everything else) in an unstable industry, with prices constantly rising, his steady rise in quality, meeting deadlines.
His wife became his publisher and Dave talked freely about how haphazard his process of finding his way was. He watched Hogan’s Heroes, that helped him with pacing story and took walks along the river listening to his brother-in-law talk about politics, war, and religion. I met Dave and Demi at a signing (this was before the end of HS ) and there was no hint anything that came later. Dave talked about his ambition for the animated project and I asked who he wanted for the aardvark’s voice. He said he always heard his dialog in George C. Scott’s voice. The man knew what wanted.