It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas?!

Last year’s Snofte Smith Christmas Comic Book created for our wonderful readers in Norway!

Here we are in the Summer of 2017, but as a cartoonist, I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas lately.  That’s how it is when you’re a cartoonist and have to work so far ahead on deadlines. The Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip is translated into many languages including Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.  As I have mentioned before in this blog, each year in the country of Norway, there is a special Snofte Smith Christmas Comic Book that comes out every December.  Through King Features, it has been my honor to work with Egmont, the publisher in Norway, for many years on the Snofte Smith Christmas Comic Book, or Julehefte, as it is known.  Starting in May, I began working on cover designs for this year’s Christmas comic book.  Once a sketch is approved, I create the final art for the cover and turn it into the publisher.
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It’s Beginnin’ To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Last year's Snofte Smith Christmas Comic Book for our readers in Norway!

Last year’s Snofte Smith Christmas Comic Book created for our wonderful readers in Norway!

WHAT?!! Beginning to look a lot like Christmas?!! It’s only the beginning of May, you say!! But, that’s how it is when you’re a cartoonist and have to work so far ahead on deadlines. As I have mentioned before in this blog, each year in the country of Norway, there is a special Snuffy Smith Christmas Comic Book that comes out every December.  For the last few weeks I have been working on cover designs for this year’s Christmas comic book.  To get in the mood to come up with Christmas ideas in May, I listen to Christmas music and watch classic Christmas movies.  I’m happy to say that this week I successfully completed the cover for next year’s book and turned it in to the publisher.
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Christmas in July!

Some examples of the Snuffy Smith Christmas comic book they produce each year in Norway.

Some examples of the Snuffy Smith Christmas comic book they produce each year in Norway.  As you can see, in Norway the comic strip is titled Snofte Smith.  Every year, I create new cover art for each issue.

For many years, comics have been a very popular part of northern European life, especially during the Christmas season. The Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip is no exception.  In this area of the world, during the Christmas season, they produce a Christmas Book or Julehefte, as it is known.  The King Features Archivist wrote a great Comics Kingdom blog post featuring lots of examples of cover art about this tradition here.
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