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Lost Friend

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

A good friend to all of us cartoonists died yesterday –– Bil Keane, the creator of Family Circus. Whether or not you are a fan of Family Circus, Bil was a terrifically funny and creative guy and much beloved by those of us who knew him. He emceed the annual National Cartoonists Society awards show for years and was always hilarious. His humor was bawdy and sarcastic without ever being cruel and he knew how to play the room like nobody else. Hundreds of cartoonists are sincerely saddened by his passing. I’m very fortunate to have gotten to know him.