The comic strip Shoe is populated by the feathered denizens of Treetops, East Virginia.
The first string characters are P. Martin "Shoe" Shoemaker, Perfesser Cosmo Fishhawk and Roz Specklehen.
Support characters include Cosmo's nephew Skyler, Loon, Irv and Senator Batson D Belfry. Filling out the Shoe gang are fortuneteller Madame Zoo Doo, nonagenarian Biz and Wiz, the computer whiz.
Life and banter revolve around Roz's Roost, a greasy spoon diner. When not feeding, Shoe and Cosmo work at the local newspaper, The Treetops Tattler.
The strips namesake, Shoe, is based on legendary North Carolina journalist Jim Shumaker, Jeff MacNellys first news-paper boss. P. Martin Shoemaker is a grouchy, cigar-smoking newspaperbird with a tough side and an even-tougher other side. He is a proud ex-husband five times over. When not editing reporter Cosmo Fishhawks stories and columns to shreds, he can be found trying to pick up his next ex-wife or grumbling about the food at Rozs Diner.
Perfesser Cosmo Fishhawk is an overeducated underachiever. He is the reporter and columnist for Shoes newspaper, The Treetops Tattler-Tribune, although hed much rather be a famous novelist. Even though hes slightly on the chubby side, Cosmo insists hes not fat, hes just fluffy. When not fighting his war on calories, he specializes in being late for work, striking out with the ladies and taking naps at his desk.
She runs her famous greasy spoon, Rozs Roost, where the rest of the Shoe gang spends as much time as possible avoiding work. The wisecracking, street-smart redhead takes guff from no one. Her only house rule is No whining! And if her diner had a motto, it would have to be, If I dont have it, you dont need it!
Skyler is Perfesser Cosmo Fishhawks nephew. Hes a smart kid but refuses to let any of his teachers in on this secret. Skyler understands how important he is to any team he plays on. As hes fond of saying. Without me, the bench would never get warm!