"Thrompin' The Valley" is a full color collection of the best comic strips by author Bob Garrow.
The 137 page Paperback Book is colorful, clean fun.
I first discovered Thromps in 1962 when one accidentally slipped out onto my drawing pad. I guess that first Thromp was a little too casual. No sooner did he slip out than another and another slipped out. I didn’t know what they were but they made me and my wife to be, Roberta, very happy.
As we pondered the origins of Thromps, we notice a subtle and barely perceptible thumping sound whenever they made us happy and theorized that many Thromps, perhaps thousands of them, were jumping up and down inside of us. Roberta coined the term “Thromp” for the little guys because of that barely perceptible thumping sound.
Since their discovery, science has proven that “Thromps are always happy” and discovered the "Thromp Effect", which causes people to be happy regardless of their circumstances. Prior to its discovery, the “Thromp Effect” was mistaken for things like balloons and babies which also tend to make people happy regardless of their circumstances.
For years our local weekly newspaper, the Los Altos Town Crier, carried a few comic strips, some of which were done by non-syndicated local authors. I approached Senior Editor Bruce Barton and showed him a sample strip that I had created. He liked it and invited me to do a weekly strip for the paper. My strip debuted on September 8, 2010 and ran on a weekly basis until January of 2016. Most of my 244 published strips are included in this book. I also animated a few of my strips, so links to the videos are included under those strips.
The ideas for the weekly Thromp comic strip primarily came from my own experiences, most of which happened in Silicon Valley. Others were born from pure imagination, such as one of my favorites: the “Thromp Big Bang Theory”. Thromps have made our family members happy over the years. Now we hope Thromps can bring some happiness into your life, too. We hope you enjoy getting to know them.
Bob Garrow Sr
Bob Garrow grew up in California’s Central Valley in the 1950s and settled in the Santa Clara Valley in the 1960s with his wife and their two sons. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1965 with a BSEE and became a senior executive in several prominent Silicon Valley tech companies. Bob and his wife live in Los Altos Hills, CA, and have two adult sons, two adult granddaughters, and two teenage grandsons living nearby.