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Snuffy An’ Other Comic Strips Durin’ WWII

Inking a panel from this year’s Veterans Day Barney Google And Snuffy Smith comic strip.  Since Snuffy was fictionally in the United States Army, I try to create a Veterans Day-themed comic strip each year.

Ironically, a few weeks ago (around the time I was working on my Snuffy Smith comic strip for this coming Veterans Day, above) I was contacted by one of my editors at King Features, Jennifer Beck.  She said a friend of hers was writing an article for TESTED about comics during World War II and they would like some information from me since Snuffy Smith was in the military.  I was very honored and happy to help.
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Ties Fit For A King!

Some of my King Features neckties.

I own a lot of cartoon neckties! I don’t wear ties that often, but when I have to wear a tie, I feel it should be a fun tie! Most of my ties feature my favorite cartoon characters.  I have Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera and Peanuts themed ties, just to mention a few. Above are four neckties that are very special to me. They all feature King Features characters. From the left you see ties that feature Snuffy Smith, Betty Boop, Blondie and Dagwood and Snuffy again. This is probably no surprise, but I find most of my ties on eBay and Amazon, and at Goodwill stores!

Bodacious Congratulations, Mike Peters!

My wife, Karen and I were so honored to have been able to attend an exhibition honoring the great cartoonist, Mike Peters, who I first met when I was a college student at James Madison University in 1984 and he’s been a friend, an inspiration and a mentor to me ever since.  Mike is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News and he creates the hugely popular Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip for King Features.  For almost fifty years, his cartoons have amused, informed and entertained readers.  The exhibition is titled “What A Hoot: A Mike Peters Retrospective” and it is at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University through March 12, 2017.  If you are able to attend, I would certainly encourage you to do so!  Here are some photos from the wonderful weekend:
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