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!

Balls O’ Fire! Thar’s A NEW Snuffy Smith Book!

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The cover of our new Snuffy Smith book collection, available for sale on

That’s right, Snuffy Smith fans, we have a NEW book!  King Features just announced the publication of my second bodacious collection of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strips! In this volume, I selected more than 350 of my favorite comic strips from 2013-2015. This edition also features back cover text written by the wonderful Willie and Korie Robertson of the popular TV show, Duck Dynasty.