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By Gary Brookins & Susie MacNelly


About Shoe

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.

Meet the Creators

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    Gary Brookins

    A cartoonist and painter living in Richmond, Va., Gary Brookins began working with Jeff MacNelly and Chris Cassatt on Shoe in 1999, originally drawing the dailies while Jeff continued providing the art for the Sunday strip. Following Jeff’s passing in 2000, Gary went into full art production mode for both the dailies and the Sunday […]

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    Susie Macnelly

    “On my planet, EVERYBODY has long curly red hair and skinny legs. Even the guys. That’s what first attracted me to Jeff. He didn’t have either.” Susie met Jeff MacNelly, the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, in 1989 on a blind date at a bar in Washington, D.C. Jeff was poised at the back door ready […]

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