Robb Armstrong, creator of the “JumpStart” comic strip and author of “Fearless A Cartoonist’s Guide to Life,” will be the featured speaker at Safe Harbour’s 10th annual “Night Without A Tux” fundraising gala, on Feb. 24 at the Carlisle Country Club.
Armstrong, a native of Philadelphia, struck gold with his daily strip, “JumpStart,” which he began in 1988. “JumpStart” is considered the most-widely syndicated comic strip from an African-American author in history.
“JumpStart” focuses on the Cobb family in Philadelphia. The heads of the family are Joseph “Joe” Cobb Sr., a city police officer, and Marcy Cobb, a nurse. Their kids, daughter Sunny, son JoJo, and twins Tommi and Teddy, round out the rest of the cast. The basic theme of Jump Start is the trials and tribulations of a regular middle-class black family.
Armstrong’s comic regularly features characters who are homeless or have been homeless but have transitioned to successful lives. He frequently features storylines about shelters, homelessness and supporting people in need and/or organizations who assist those people.
In 2016, Armstrong published the book, “Fearless A Cartoonists Guide to Life.” In “Fearless,” Armstrong weaves personal stories of a traumatic childhood and the transcendent power of art together with drawing tutorials and original illustrations in a guide to living through the good times and the bad.
“Night Without A Tux” raises funds to support Safe Harbour’s mission of providing housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families to help them achieve independent living by increasing their basic life skills. The event also features dinner, music and dancing with Jazz Me, and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 per person for the event and may be purchased online at www.safeharbour.org, by calling Safe Harbour at 717-249-2200 or by email to email@example.com.