PHOTO: (color), Artwork by [Bill Griffith] / Zippy No. 19; Photo by John Woike / The Hartford Courant Photo Illustration by Melanie Shaffer / The Hartford Courant; Caption: BILL GRIFFITH , "Zippy" creator and diner aficionado, really gets into his work.
One popular Hartford locale featured in "Zippy" of late is the old Oasis diner on Farmington Avenue. Griffith never got to eat there or even go inside, as the Oasis closed last summer, just before he arrived. He was only able to photograph the outside. But when the Oasis reopened recently as the Hog River Grille, it seemed the perfect opportunity to talk both about diner culture and the upcoming TV version of Zippy.
"I grew up in Long Island, and visiting friends in New Jersey and Massachusetts, and all these states just have beautiful diners, one after the other. I just took it for granted," Griffith said between bites of an avocado-free health salad. "But California is not diner country. San Francisco has one actual diner and one fake nostalgia diner. Even modern diners I kind of like.