Commemorating Bob The Squirrel

What about Bob? Why did I commemorate Bob The Squirrel by Frank Page in today’s Snootle comic? Back in the day, 2002, I was being interviewed for a editorial assistant, and the editor asked me if I could draw editorial cartoons. I didn’t know what an editorial cartoon was, and certainly didn’t know how to draw one. I said yes while shaking my head no. She had given me a weekend to come up with a cartoon.

Well, I had to try! Keep in mind, my husband and I were in our early 20s and had relocated for work, which was far away from friends and family. I needed to put every effort into succeeding! Anxiety! What was an editorial cartoon??? What is the difference between an editorial cartoon and a political cartoon?

The town had a tiny library and one book about political cartoons. The book was an autobiography of Doug Marlette who was a cartoonist politics and had daily comic strip called Kudzu. I read his book cover to cover in a day, and it gave me some insights. Plus, he was a firecracker! Hahaha

So, what is the difference between an editorial cartoon and a political cartoon. On the surface, not much. A political cartoon pokes fun at politics, and current issues. While the editorial cartoon does the same thing, it is usually accompanied by an article.

During this time the internet wasn’t considered Kosher for research as it is today. That fact is easy to forget! But I had found some political cartoons in which Page’s cartoons were among them. His cartoons made me laugh more than the others. So I began to follow his work.

Luckily about a year earlier, a complete stranger who believed in my fine art had gifted me with Bristol board, thank you stranger! I drew the best I could on that Sunday, and did get the job! Happy dance! I stayed at The Grizzly for about three years, and then relocated again.

The problem for me with editorial cartooning, was that you have to be the the innocent looking kid who would leave a flaming poop bag on your porch. So, to alleviate this stress, I had began to draw funny dog pictures.

Frank Page had also started Bob The Squirrel around that same time. Bob the Squirrel was funny and cute. Since he was lightyears ahead of the game, Page is someone to look up to.

Frank Page will be celebrating his 5000th Bob the Squirrel comic strip on June 8th. CONGRATULATIONS, MR. PAGE!!!

His website is www.bobthesquirrel.com.