It is, of course, not fair to say that every stratum of our society is represented in the newspaper comics section. But there do seem to be cartoons for a pretty wide variety of lifestyles—military folks have Beetle Bailey, office drones have Dilbert, right-wing fanatics have The Family Circus… the list goes on and on.
Geolyn Carvin’s “Boots McFarland” looks to do the same thing for long-distance hikers. The webcomic hasn’t yet joined ranks of the syndicated legends listed above, but it does have a large and loyal online following.
If you’ve spent any time on the trail, it won’t be hard for you to see why. Carvin’s comics capture elements of the outdoor life that every hiker has experienced, but very few have even talked about. Like the weird tendency of fellow hikers to appear out of nowhere the moment you drop trou: