I love my job. I mean, looove it! I have to read comics every day. How sweet is that? One of my favorite aspects of this job is meeting our über talented creators/cartoonists. I enjoy learning about them and hearing their stories. Everyone has a story, but these cartoonists have some pretty entertaining history.
Since I've been in the comic industry, I've been lucky to shake the hands of several incredible creators: Pat Oliphant, Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Bill Amend (FoxTrot), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Scott Adams (Dilbert), Tom Wilson II (Ziggy), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Bradley Trevor Greive (NYT bestselling author/The Lost Bear), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Scott Hilburn (The Argyle Sweater), Jimmy Johnson (Arlo & Janis), Guy Gilchrist (Nancy), Mark Tatulli (Heart of the City and Lio) and even a few others. That's what I call name-droppin'.
Yesterday, I was fortunate to have the pleasure of meeting the kindhearted and very funny, John McPherson, creator/cartoonist for Close to Home. His cartoon is syndicated online and in over 400 newspapers worldwide. We had a productive meeting and a very intriguing lunch discussion. I learned so much about this person. His life stories resonated with me and validated my belief that there are still good people in the world. I'm a huge fan of this man. Thanks for your time, Mr. McPherson.
Below are some of my favorite Close to Home cartoons. Thanks for reading, and enjoy!