Gene Clements is an artist, architect, and educator who grew up in a small town in the Midwest; he now lives in California. He thinks he’s eighteen, but that hasn't been true for a long time. Possibly a long, long time.
Gene began the Tilly and Elmer series by writing the first couple of paragraphs of a story about a frisky older couple, mostly so he could do a funny illustration. His friends thought the beginning of the story was amusing and wanted to know how it was going to end, so Gene finished the story ... and just kept going. He's never quite sure whether he has the most fun doing the writing or the illustrations.
The ongoing Tilly and Elmer series chronicles the romantic, often sexy, and almost always humorous, adventures of Tilly and Elmer, a Midwestern couple in their late sixties. They’ve been married for close to fifty years, and would appear to the casual observer to be the definition of an “old married couple”. But while they ARE a couple, AND married, they don’t consider themselves OLD. In fact, they still feel like teenagers most of the time, although sometimes events remind them that they aren’t quite as athletic, skinny, or flexible, as they were five decades ago. No matter. They try to recapture their youth anyway; and when they can’t quite recapture it, they at least give it a good chase.
In the Tilly and Elmer FlashbackX series, our favorite sexagenarians remember their high school dating years, from their first date to the afternoon they finally go "all the way". You may find these stories sounding a little familiar as Tilly and Elmer reveal the clumsy interactions, the shocking miscommunication, and the catastrophes that seem funny in retrospect, as well as the surprising delights and breathtaking pleasures of learning about sex and falling hopelessly in love.