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Five For Friday #18—Home State Pride
posted February 25, 2005
Name Five Cartoonists Born in Your Home State
1. Jim Davis
2. Dan Wright
3. John T. McCutcheon
4. Jerry Scott
5. T.K. Ryan
Editor's Note: It's only for that very New York "unbeatable" I'm noting here rather than e-mail that Mr. Spiegelman was born in Stockholm. Ha ha.
Editor's Other Note: Someone wrote in that I should point out that Stan Lee isn't a cartoonist, either, which is funny, but I'll allow writers.
Well, Ontario is not a State yet -- it is a Province of the glorious Dominion of Canada and home to most of the greatest cartoonists the world has ever known. A tiny sample:
From the great state of Missouri:
1. Al Hirschfeld
2. Ub Iwerks
3. Fred Lasswell (Barney Google and Snuffy Smith
4. George McManus (Bringing Up Father
5. Mike Peters (Mother Goose & Grimm
Bonus: Missouri-born Thomas Hart Benton was briefly a newspaper cartoonist before making it as a painter.
Ed Koren, Alison Bechdel, James Sturm, Harry Bliss and Gene Colan live here. Frank Miller and Jeff Danziger have heavy ties to the state. But the only four prominent cartoonists I can come up with who were actually born in Vermont are:
Tom Veitch (I'm assuming)
Which, relative to our size, (600,000) is a pretty decent showing.
Actually, I could do more than 5 if I wanted. But below is what I hope is a kind of cool and somewhat heterogeneous list of Texas-born cartoonists:
1. Robert Minor
2. Roy Crane
3. Gilbert Shelton
4. Gary Panter
5. Mat Brinkman
1. Harvey Pekar
2 & 3. Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
4. Tom Batiuk
5. Tom Wilson
Mr. Farago later wrote back to include 1. Bill Watterson and 2. Jeff Smith with help from Shaenon Garrity.
Walt Disney (Chicago)
E.C. Segar (Chester)
Harold Gray (Kankakee)
Chic Young (Chicago)
Herbert "Herblock" Block (Chicago)
Editor's Note: I liked the hometown breakdown so much I added it to my own!
That's if you accept that London isn't a state. It's not even a county, which is our best equivalent.
Dr. Seuss (Springfield)
Peter Laird (North Adams)
Gluyas Williams (okay, born elsewhere, but a lifelong Newton MA resident, and Newton's my hometown)
Honorable mention: Al Capp
1. Rick Detorie (Towson)
2. Aaron McGruder (Born in Chicago, but bred in Columbia)
3. Frank Cho (Beltsville)
4. Tim Kreider (Baltimore)
5. Bernie Wrightson (Baltimore)
Indiana Bonus: Franklin Daily Journal cartoonist Mark Brayer born in Cumberland.
Xulio Das Pastoras
Historic Catalog of Galician authors
Connecticut is more known as a state that cartoonists move to (and die) than it is known for the ones actually born there.
1. Al Capp (New Haven)
2. B. (Bernard) Kliban (Norwalk)
3. Guy Gilchrist (Winsted)
4. Jim Aparo (not sure, but raised in New Britain)
5. George Tuska (Hartford)
And while Walt Kelly was born in Philadelphia, he spent most of his youth in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Well, repping Alberta are five superhero cartoonists:
1. Todd Macfarlane
2. Travis Charest
3. Cary Nord
4. Dale Keown
5. Paul Pelletier (I think)
If there are any indy cartoonists, I don't know about them.
You probably don't want me to go over every cartoonist who has moved here.
(For Renee French)
I made a list of AZ cartoonists, then did a bit of internet check-up on my lunch break & found out that I was mostly wrong. So, here's my five:
1. Gus Arriola
2. Hal Empie
3. Ned Sutton
4. Bob Boze Bell
5. Max Cannon
I couldn't find any web info on Ned Sutton who used to draw some Kliban-ish strips in local papers & collected a couple of books, and I'm not sure Bob Boze Bell was born in AZ, but he deserves to be on the list because he edits http://www.truewestmagazine.com/
Max Cannon makes it to number five, because these guys, while notable Arizona cartoonists, were not born there:
and *cough*Todd MacFarlane
OK thanks for comics-related fun & facts.
Upstate New York
Jerry Moriarty [Binghamton]
Johnny Hart [Endicott]
Frank Cammuso [Ithaca]
Orlando Busino [Binghamton]
And to continue the George-Washington-Slept-Here fun: Art Spiegelman dropped out of Binghamton University.
Here's a list of 5 cartoonists from the province of Saskatchewan:
(the ordering info is out of date)
(well, he lived here for 10 years)
Cliff Berryman (Louisville)
Fontaine Fox (Louisville)
Archer Prewitt (Frankfort)
Pat Brady (Louisville)
Don Rosa (Louisville)
That's five right there. Graduate, like me, of North Fulton HS in Atlanta.