Hi and Lois Sunday page, April 17, 2005.
When my kids were attending Wilton (CT) High School, I was asked to participate in career day. I explained to the students how a comic strip was produced and discussed cartooning as an occupation, but stopped short of telling them how difficult it was to sell a comic strip to a syndicate.
In the summer of 1985, Garry Trudeau sent a letter, which was co-signed by Milton Caniff and Charles Schulz, to 250 cartoonists inviting them to dedicate their features to the topic of world hunger on November 28, 1985. Initially worried about the response, Garry was delighted when he opened up the newspaper on Thanksgiving Day. “Over 175 artists, inspired by the impact of a concerted effort among their ranks, did something they had never attempted before – they worked together.”
Hi and Lois Sunday page, November 5, 1978.
The Sunday page above is another superlative example of Dik Browne’s pen-and-ink technique and compositional skills. He added depth to his panels by providing background details like clouds and church steeples and his use of blacks throughout the page give a balanced look to the overall layout. The incidental characters are humorously drawn and distinctive. The evocative silhouetting in the second-to-last panel helps to set up the final punch line.