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Rube Goldberg

I recently wrote a biographical essay for The Art of Rube Goldberg, which will be published by Abrams ComicArts in November 2013.  Rube Goldberg had a long and distinguished career as a sports cartoonist, newspaper comics artist, political cartoonist, columnist, author, sculptor, vaudeville entertainer and toastmaster.

The most famous of all Rube Goldberg’s creations were his invention cartoons.  His clever graphic solutions to everyday problems eventually became synonymous with his name. In 1966, the Random House Dictionary of the English Language made the designation official when they defined a “Rube Goldberg” device as “having a fantastically complicated improvised appearance,” or as “deviously complex and impractical.”
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An Easter Story

Over the years, Easter Sunday has presented an ideal opportunity to do special holiday-themed Hi and Lois Sunday pages.  Our readers come from many different religious backgrounds, so it is exclusionary to focus on the Christian traditions of Easter.  Although we occasionally make references to God in the strip, we try not to be too specific about the religious beliefs of the Flagston family.  Most of the Easter strips we do deal with bunnies, baskets, eggs and chocolate.
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Here Comes the Sun

In the late 1980s, King Features made a deal with Avon Books to do a series of reprint collections featuring a number of their popular strips.  The first volume in the series was “Trust Me! – Ernie’s First Year” by Bud Grace.

The second release was “Here Comes the Sun – A Hi and Lois Collection” by Mort Walker and Dik Browne. When this book was published in May 1990, Dik had passed away. His son, Robert, also known as Chance, who had started assisting on the strip in 1980, had taken over the drawing full time by then.
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