By: Dave Astor
“Cartoon Success Secrets: A Tribute to 35 Years of Cartoonist Profiles” is being released in May by Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP).
The 350-page hardcover is by Jud Hurd, founder/editor of Cartoonist Profiles magazine and a creator of several comics. He’s now in his early 90s.
Part One of the book includes autobiographical material as well as Hurd’s recollections of encounters with cartoon legends such as Walt Disney, Rube Goldberg, Harold Gray (“Little Orphan Annie”), George Herriman (“Krazy Kat”), and E.C. Segar (“Popeye”).
Part Two contains stories and interviews from the pages of Hurd’s magazine. Among the dozens of creators who discuss their work and how they succeeded in cartooning are Scott Adams (“Dilbert”), Bill Amend (“FoxTrot”), Ray Billingsley (“Curtis”), Dik Browne (“Hagar the Horrible”), Hector Cantu/Carlos Castellanos (“Baldo”), Jim Davis (“Garfield”), Greg Evans (“Luann”), Cathy Guisewite (“Cathy”), Johnny Hart (“B.C.”), Lynn Johnston (“For Better or For Worse”), Hank Ketcham (“Dennis the Menace”), Jeff MacNelly (“Shoe”), Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks”), Mike Peters (“Mother Goose & Grimm”), Charles Schulz (“Peanuts”), Jerry Scott/Jim Borgman (“Zits”), and Bill Watterson (“Calvin and Hobbes”).
AMP is a sister company to Universal Press Syndicate. In other book news, former Universal executive Victoria Houston has authored a new novel called “Dead Hot Mama” — the fifth installment of the Loon Lake Fishing Mystery series.