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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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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 Amazon.com.

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.
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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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