Clay Aiken – This Will Put A Smile On Your Face!

Luann De Groot is a famous young lady.  She became a star on March 17, 1985 when she made her first appearance in the newspaper.  Luann was an 8th grader back in 1985 and after many years, she became a student at Pitts High School. Now, how can that be?? In the fall of 2013, the storyline made clear that Luann and her peers were seniors in high school. Would that make them around 17-years-old and preparing for college? In June, 2014, Greg and Karen Evans ran a story arc in which the high school characters attended their graduation.  As of September 3, 2014, Luann was attending college.


Look who is on the wall!!

Luann is a comic strip character made famous by Greg Evans and in the world of comics, age just doesn’t compute.  The strip is set in the suburbs and is about Luann dealing with school, her family, friends and love interests.

Greg has included four “real-life” characters in his strip. Jay Leno, Hugh Hefner, Barack Obama, and Clay Aiken have all impacted the “life” of Luann.


In October, 2003, Evans was in Los Angeles for business.  He attended the release party for Clay Aiken‘s debut album, Measure of a Man at the Burbank Hilton on October 13th.  Along with Billboard reporter Fred Bronson, he was introduced to Clay Aiken fans and was amazed at their excitement and support.  It was this encounter that inspired Evans to come up with a storyline that included Clay Aiken.

Clay Drives By

Let’s go back a few years and enjoy a visit to Luann as she meets Clay Aiken.


December 29, 2003

December 30, 2003

December 31, 2003

January 1, 2004

Jan 2

Jan 3

Jan. 5

Jan. 6

This storyline can’t help but put a smile on your face.

I wonder of Luann is still a huge fan – I bet she is!


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5 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – This Will Put A Smile On Your Face!

  1. Very cute comic strip with Luann and our own Clay Aiken! Thank you, CANN for sharing this special memory!

  2. Thank you for the story about Luann and Clay. I always wonder about how this started. Thank you about the story.

  3. I remember being so excited that Clay made the comics page in the newspaper. That doesn't happen to just anyone…even if they are famous! Thanks for reminding us of how popular Clay was (and is).

  4. that's a very cute comic strip with luann and clay aiken thanks so much cann for sharing this very special clay memory

  5. I am a day late – but had to say how much I enjoyed the comic strip with Luann

    and Clay. I had seen it before but it was a long time ago! I think Clay impressed just about everyone – even made it in the comics!!! So cute! I know he has impressed me for all of these years!

    Thank you for bringing this to us!

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