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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: 1/11/2005
  • 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 pictures 3
Mort Walker, Kansas City cartoonist, wins first place in 1940 Captains Club Contest 5
Campus funnyman 7
NCS living library 14
Mort Walker chronicles his life and his ideals in three comic strips 23
Bringing up Beetle 28
Cartoonist profiles : Sam & Silo 36
Interview : Mort Walker 41
Walker talks 64
The world of cartooning : Mort Walker 89
Cartoonist profiles : Gamin and Patches 101
Man bites dog 108
The word from Mount Laughmore 122
Hi and Lois : all in the families 134
Mort Walker interview 149
Bailey strips gets attitude adjustment 168
Taking a walker on the wild side 171
Cartooning with blitz : Mort Walker 178
Will Beetle Bailey ever grow up? 184
Comics reflect on events of Sept. 11 192
At home with Mort Walker 196
In the studio with Mort Walker 224
Some last minute reflections on my life 261
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