December 24th, 2013
by John Rose
Years ago, I read Mort Walker’s wonderful book, “Backstage At The Strips.” It is a truly inspiring book for anyone who wants to be a cartoonist! There’s a really fun section midway through the book about cartoonists designing their own family Christmas Cards. I have been designing our Rose family card for at least 25 years (my wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this year!) now and truly enjoy doing it every year. Above is this year’s family card. Not only is it fun as a cartoonist to create your own card, but it’s also fun to receive other cartoonist’s cards! I literally laugh out loud at many of them!
It became especially fun to create the family card after I began drawing the “Barney Google and Snuffy Smith” comic strip for King Features in 2001. Because every year since then I’ve been able to feature Snuffy and his family and friends in our family card. And that’s how it should be because I truly feel like the “Smifs” are part of my family, too.
So, from both th’ Roses an’ th’ Smifs, we hope you all have a bodaciously blessed Chrismis an’ that yore 2014 is a real hoot an’ holler! Thank y’all so much fer readin’ our comic strip an’ fer visitin’ th’ holler ev’ry day!
If you’d like to read a fun Holiday-Themed blog post featuring interviews with many cartoonists (including me) you can find it here:
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