Iconic daily comic strip, Nancy, once again highlights GRAMMY and DOVE winner, Jason Crabb, this week. This is Crabb's second time "in the funny papers." Last December, the comic strip featured Phil Fumble--who is dating Nancy's aunt Fritzi--wearing a T-shirt with Crabb's name on the front.
Now, once again, Guy Gilchrist, illustrator of the famed comic strip, has featured Jason Crabb into a very important story arc. This time, Phil wears a T-shirt with the message "LOVE IS STRONGER - JASON CRABB" emblazoned on the front. Phil wears this T-shirt during the strip for the entire week. It's the first time Gilchrist has featured an artist for an entire week in the history of Nancy.
The story arc featured is a background on Phil Fumble. Aunt Fritzi and Phil were high school sweethearts and he reentered Fritzi's life last year. We find out that Phil had a troubled childhood as he lived with an abusive stepparent causing him to cope with many trials in his youth. Through mentoring by his uncle, who is in ministry, Phil's life is changed through the love of this relative. As the story evolves, we see that Phil Fumble is wearing a shirt that says "LOVE IS STRONGER - JASON CRABB," a very appropriate shirt.
Other artists featured during this important arc are Aerosmith and The Beatles.
Gilchrist, who resides in the Nashville area, has embedded his love for music within the strip, honoring artists such as Elvis, The Beatles, Charlie Daniels, Rascal Flatts, Patti Page, George Jones, Don McLean, and many more. A collection of these music-related strips were donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. They are currently on display as part of the larger, ongoing exhibit, "Nancy Loves Nashville," at the Nashville International Airport, which will run through 2015.
Jason Crabb is one of the most highly respected, versatile and talented artists to ever grace a stage. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics' pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from "The Grand Ole Opry" and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to arena platforms. Crabb is the reigning GMA Dove Awards' Male Vocalist of the Year and currently holds 21 Dove Awards including Artist of the Year. He lives with his wife Shellye, and daughters Emma and Ashleigh just outside of Nashville, TN.