It’s Beginnin’ To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Last year's Snofte Smith Christmas Comic Book for our readers in Norway!

Last year’s Snofte Smith Christmas Comic Book created for our wonderful readers in Norway!

WHAT?!! Beginning to look a lot like Christmas?!! It’s only the beginning of May, you say!! But, that’s how it is when you’re a cartoonist and have to work so far ahead on deadlines. As I have mentioned before in this blog, each year in the country of Norway, there is a special Snuffy Smith Christmas Comic Book that comes out every December.  For the last few weeks I have been working on cover designs for this year’s Christmas comic book.  To get in the mood to come up with Christmas ideas in May, I listen to Christmas music and watch classic Christmas movies.  I’m happy to say that this week I successfully completed the cover for next year’s book and turned it in to the publisher.

Balls Of Fire, Snuffy Smith! It’s A Book Signin’!! April 28 an’ 29!


Barney Google and Snuffy Smith cartoonist John Rose will have a two-day book signing event in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Rose will be signing his brand-new collection, Balls Of Fire! More Snuffy Smith Comics, at the Daily News-Record office located at 231 South Liberty Street in Harrisonburg. Rose’s book signing on Thursday, April 28th and Friday, April 29th will be part of the newspaper’s two-day Mother’s Day Madness Sale. Rose will be signing his new book from 8 am – 5 pm both days.

Book Cover Designs…

I was really pleased with the way the cover came out on our new book collection, Balls Of Fire! More Snuffy Smith Comics. But, as is true with most of my artwork, it was not the first cover illustration I drew.  I threw many drawings away before I even finished sketching them out.  Some never made it past rough sketch form.  And some made it to a tightly pencilled state using my light table before they were tossed out.  But that is just part of the process for me.  I created quite a few designs that ultimately did not work for one reason or another.  But the one selected was my editor, Brendan Burford’s, favorite design and my favorite design, as well!  We were both very happy with it!   So you can have an idea of the process, here are two pretty tightly pencilled cover designs that did not make the cut and the one that DID!