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January 22, 2014

Larry Pendleton, 1954-2014

Larry Pendleton, whose Graphic Nature was picked up by King Features Syndicate after initial publication in the Tulsa World, died on January 14 from complications due to pulmonary fibrosis. He was 59 years old.

Larry Dan Pendleton Jr. was born in Arkansas and moved to Tulsa as a toddler. He graduated from a local high school in 1973, and studied commercial art at a nearby vocational/technical school. He served for a time in the US Army.

It looks like Pendleton pursued syndication in the late 1990s, and that the Tulsa World picked up the feature in 1999 after an initial round of syndicate rejection. King Feature would eventually find over thirty clients for the future. In the early 2000s, Pendleton registered a trademark for a studio bearing the same name as his strip, doing business in a variety of artistic expressions before dissolving the trademark before the end of the decade. He struggled with the ailment that took his live for over three years; it caused his hands to shake and ended his career.

Pendleton is survived by a wife, two sons, his father, a sister and two brothers. The initial link contains information on where to direct any memorial donations. He was buried on January 20.
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