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June 29, 2007

Howie Schneider, 1930-2007


Howard "Howie" Schneider, the creator of the successful, long-running Eek and Meek comic strip and a versatile cartoonist who worked in a number of comics' fields, passed away on June 28 from complications due to heart surgery.

Eek and Meek ran from 1965 to 2000 with Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and at its highest profile moment was in 500 client newspapers. It is perhaps best known for starting as a funny animal strip starring two mice and then in the late '70s and early '80s evolving into a strip about regular people, albeit ones still carrying some of the same visual motifs they had as mice. Schneider ended the strip in 2000 when it was still in 400 newspapers. A trio of paperbacks collecting runs of the work was released in the 1970s.

Schneider had a well-rounded comics career. He tried two other comic strips, Percy's World and The Circus of PT Bimbo, during Eek and Meek's run and a strip about older people, The Sunshine Club from United Features starting in 2003. He did children's books, drew for magazines including The New Yorker, Playboy and Esquire, and was the editorial cartoonist for the Provincetown Banner after putting Eek and Meek to rest. He won two awards from the New England Press Association for his work at the Banner/.

He is survived by a wife and a son.
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