The first real live cartoonist I ever met

Today is the birthdate of the late Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus. Here’s a repost from the Cartoonist Studio blog I wrote earlier this year. In June of 1976, I met my first cartoonist. I was taking night … Continue reading

A career path in the rear view mirror

            It recently occurred to me that I had a path toward Baby Blues even before Baby Blues existed—before I even knew I had a path. In the few years before Jerry and I became … Continue reading

Zen & the art of USO cartoonist tours—Part 1

I recently read an account of an amazingly talented artist, Victor Juhasz, about his trip to Afghanistan, where he was embedded with a medevac unit for two weeks. The stories are sometimes harrowing, the drawings raw and intimate. You should … Continue reading

How we created the strip (the early days)

I’ve cranked up the Way Back Machine and set it for twenty-two years ago to show you how we used to create a strip. Excerpts are from an article in Cartoonists Profiles, edited by Jud Hurd. Back then, Jerry hand … Continue reading