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“Hopalong Jughaid” Is Hot Off Th’ Press!

Charlton Spotlight Editor, Michael Ambrose, checking out the "Hopalong Jughaid" comic book story in Charlton Spotlight #9.

Charlton Spotlight Editor, Michael Ambrose, checking out the “Hopalong Jughaid” comic book story in Charlton Spotlight #9.

I am happy to announce that “Hopalong Jughaid,” the first Snuffy Smith comic book story since the 1970’s is hot off the press and available for shipping today!  As I have mentioned in this blog before, this is the first Snuffy Smith comic book story in America in 45 years. I was so honored when asked by Michael Ambrose, Charlton Spotlight Editor, to write a new 10-page Snuffy Smith comic book story for Charlton Spotlight #9!  It was a really fun story to write and draw and, as you can sense from the title, it centers around Snuffy’s nephew, Jughaid.  But Snuffy is in the story, too, as are many of your favorite characters from Hootin’ Holler, including Miz Prunelly, Ol’ Snort, Spark Plug and many, many more!  I’d also like to thank King Features Editor, Brendan Burford, for his invaluable help with this project and Donnie Pitchford, Charlton Spotlight Colorist, who did an excellent job vibrantly coloring my story and helping bring my black and white drawings to life.
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Calling All College Cartoonists!

Do you need $5000 for college? Are you a college student doing cartooning? Then you could apply for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship. But hurry, the deadline is December 15, 2015. For more information, please go to http://cartoonistfoundation.reuben.org/jay-kennedy/

Jay Kennedy was my first editor King Features and actually hired me to be the cartoonist on the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip.  He was truly a wonderful man and who loved the art of cartooning.  The annual Jay Kennedy Scholarship, in memory of the late King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many other prominent cartoonists. A panel of top cartoonists adjudicates submissions and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world’s leading cartoonists.
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