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The stories behind Murkey’s and the world of the Guys. Learn about Bunz and Webbs and all the characters in real life (IRL). Where do these crazy ideas come from? What is happening with the new story: a prequel titled Guys and Donuts?

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Sign up today! In this photo: I made the set: the door, door handle and the “brick” wall to install it in (not really visible here), and Bunz’s suit (also not really visible). I make all of Bunzini’s clothes, though he would prefer a professional tailor!

We do have a lighting professional (my husband, Tash). He makes all our photos look so much better!

The sample below is the first newsletter we sent last year:

Bunz sees Webbs’ hat on the stoop.

It started with this photo of Bunzini looking at Webbs’ hat. I thought about it and decided I needed to answer two questions: 

  • Why was Bunz looking at the abandoned hat?
  • Where was the spider and why had he left his hat behind? (Okay, that’s three questions.)

I pictured a card game, which Bunz discovers in the basement of the last Victorian row house on the Embarcadero. Why was Webbs playing cards there? His friend Bongo was the building watch dog. 

The next question: how to launch this story? 

The answer: the image of the donut and coffee, drawn by E.A. Sawabini. I love this image. I invented a diner and a customer who had sketched the image on a diner napkin. 

Why had the customer sketched a donut and coffee? Because Murkey’s served great coffee and pastries. And the Guys would fight to save their favorite diner. And one day in 2013, that’s how it all began.

Donut dunking into a coffee cup