This Snuffy Smith Fan Takes Th’ Cake!!


Jerry Talbot with his 80th birthday cake!  Snuffy Smith is saying “Eighty Is Great-y!”

Jerry Talbot is a bodacious fan of the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip!  He has read and loved the comic strip his entire life.  I first heard from Jerry (and his son, also Jerry) about five years ago when they wanted permission to put a Snuffy Smith image I had drawn in an earlier comic strip on Jerry’s 75th birthday cake.  I put them in touch with King Features and Jerry was, of course, given permission to put Snuffy on his birthday cake.  Then last year, I had the great privilege of being asked to do a Snuffy Smith Chalk Talk in beautiful Mount Airy, NC.  Both Jerry and his son, Jerry, drove an hour to come and meet me in person, hear me speak, watch me draw and show me pictures of the 75th birthday cake from a few years earlier!  What an honor it was to meet them both and see the photos!

Snuffy’s Weekend In Mayberry

Recently, I was invited by Pat Gwyn, Director Of The Mount Airy (NC) Public Library, to give a Snuffy Smith Chalk Talk and tour The Andy Griffith Museum. Being a huge fan of The Andy Griffith Show, and never having visited his hometown of Mount Airy, I was excited to take her up on the offer!