Mort Walker: Conversations

Mort Walker: Conversations

by Jason Whiton
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578066999

ISBN-13: 9781578066995

Pub. Date: 01/11/2005

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

When Mort Walker (b. 1923) was ten years old, he received an inscribed Moon Mullins cartoon from its creator Frank Willard that read, "Say Morton, those drawings you sent me were swell-I'll bet you'll be a big shot cartoonist some day." By the time he was fifteen, Walker was a comic strip artist for a daily metropolitan newspaper. By the time he was eighteen, he

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When Mort Walker (b. 1923) was ten years old, he received an inscribed Moon Mullins cartoon from its creator Frank Willard that read, "Say Morton, those drawings you sent me were swell-I'll bet you'll be a big shot cartoonist some day." By the time he was fifteen, Walker was a comic strip artist for a daily metropolitan newspaper. By the time he was eighteen, he was chief editor of Hallmark Cards.

In 1950, King Features picked up his strip Beetle Bailey for syndication. Four years later, Walker created a spin-off of Beetle Bailey called Hi and Lois. Both strips continue to run daily, drawn and/or supervised by Walker, and Beetle Bailey is distributed to roughly 1,800 newspapers. Walker is one of the most widely read cartoonists in American history, and a legend in his own time.

Mort Walker: Conversations collects interviews and articles that span from 1938 to 2004. His engagement with the Museum of Cartoon Art—which he founded—is discussed in these pieces, along with the politics involved in working with cartoonists' unions, artistic communities, and syndications. In these conversations Walker shows how he has managed to keep his art and stories fresh for over seventy years of production.

Jason Whiton is an award-winning screenwriter, artist, and teacher based in Vermont. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, USA Weekend, Woman's World, Japan Times, and Photographer's Forum Annual.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578066995
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
01/11/2005
Series:
Conversations with Comic Artists Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Cartoonist draws pay as well as pictures3
Mort Walker, Kansas City cartoonist, wins first place in 1940 Captains Club Contest5
Campus funnyman7
NCS living library14
Mort Walker chronicles his life and his ideals in three comic strips23
Bringing up Beetle28
Cartoonist profiles : Sam & Silo36
Interview : Mort Walker41
Walker talks64
The world of cartooning : Mort Walker89
Cartoonist profiles : Gamin and Patches101
Man bites dog108
The word from Mount Laughmore122
Hi and Lois : all in the families134
Mort Walker interview149
Bailey strips gets attitude adjustment168
Taking a walker on the wild side171
Cartooning with blitz : Mort Walker178
Will Beetle Bailey ever grow up?184
Comics reflect on events of Sept. 11192
At home with Mort Walker196
In the studio with Mort Walker224
Some last minute reflections on my life261

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