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December 6, 2005

Jim Sasseville, 1927-2005


Jim Sasseville, best known to comics fans as a collaborator of Charles Schulz on the Peanuts comic book and the sports strip It's Only a Game, passed away on November 30 in his home in Los Altos, according to a release distributed by his family. He was 78 years old.

James Frederick Sasseville was born in 1927 in Minneapolis, graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art in 1948, where he met his wife, Helga. A veteran of World War II and Korea, the artist became an instructor at the famous Art Instruction Schools. It was there he befriended fellow instructor Charles Schulz. Sasseville would in 1959 move to California to work for Schulz, then beginning to enjoy the fruits of success on his comic strip.

In 1960 Sasseville left cartooning for a thirty-year career as a graphic artist. His family reports he was a fan of bicycle riding and poetry. He recently came to the attention of many comics fans through the publication of the It's Only A Game collection by Nat Gertler's About Comics, a complete run of the strip that included a lot of insightful, frequently humorous commentary by Sasseville.

Survivors include five nephews and five nieces. A memorial service will be held in Palo Alto on December 10.
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