Summer Employment

During my high school and college years, I had a variety of part-time jobs. At the age of fifteen, I got my first work experience when the owner of a local delicatessen hired me because he could pay less than the minimum wage.  After I turned sixteen, I flipped burgers at McDonalds, collected tolls on the Connecticut Turnpike and washed windows at the Pickwick Arms hotel.

Family Service

Most cartoonists try to give back to their communities whenever they can and Mort Walker is no exception.  Sometimes he has even managed to get his family involved in charitable activities.  In 1964 Mort created the “Community Chest Kids,” who looked very similar to Dot and Ditto in  Hi and Lois, for the Community Chest Drive in our hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut.  The goal was to raise $449,000 for ten local services.

Drop Panels

In the early days of comics, cartoonists had an entire newspaper page to display their work on Sundays.  Although a few strips, like Prince Valiant, still run in some papers as a full-page, most Sunday strips today are printed in half-page, third-page or quarter-page formats.

We produce Hi and Lois Sunday pages in a half-page layout consisting of three tiers.  The top row is the logo followed by what are commonly called the “drop panels.”  These panels are usually throwaway gags or disconnected drawings, since most newspapers drop them for the third or quarter page formats.  The gags have to make sense without the drop panels.