Ask A Cartoonist: New Year’s Babies!

By Tea Fougner

Well, it’s a brand new year– welcome to 2015!

Today is also the twenty-fifth anniversary of Baby Blues, and I’d like to start off the post by wishing Rick Kirkman, Jerry Scott,  Darryl, Wanda, Zoe, Hammie, and Wren a very happy twenty-five years!  

In keeping with both themes, I’ve got some very special New Year’s Babies to share with you today: our amazing cartoonists passed along some of their favorite baby and childhood pictures.  Look what a cute bunch!

I’m either trying to do an impression of Dr Evil or eating my hand.  

–Jonathan Mahood, Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog

Here I am dressed as a cowgirl, inspired by Roy and Dale, of course!

–Stephanie Piro, Six Chix

–John Hambrock, The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee

I guess I was learning to walk that day.

And as an extra bonus:  

I’ve always wanted to haul out some old pics of my character as a baby…. here she is…

–Rina Piccolo, Tina’s Groove and Six Chix


 Here’s a photo of me being held by my grandmother (mother’s mother)

–Jim Margulies, Editorial Cartoonist

–Mort Walker, Beetle Bailey

Here I am  just after Christmas 1952 outside our house in Levittown,  LI, (age 8), the proud owner of a genuine Jerry Mahoney ventriloquist’s dummy.  It’s not a doll!—My sister Nancy  has a doll, possibly a Betsy Wetsy.  Years later, my “Dollboy” character may be related…

–Bill Griffith, Zippy the Pinhead

This is a self portrait from when I was in grammar school.
–Isabella Bannerman, Six Chix


That’s me with my little brother Tom around 1958 on the front porch of our house on Clearview Avenue in Cincinnati. With a couple of older sisters, this may have been the first time Mom had found the time to take a picture of me since I was born.

–Jim Borgman, Zits

My brother David and I outside 107 Kilburn Park Road, London,1960. We’re standing beside Dad’s car (a Mayflower). I’m the one drawing.

–Kieran Meehan, Pros & Cons


I touched this up because my parents always said I was born with drawing pen (and pencil, and paintbrush) in my hand.

–Terri Libenson, The Pajama Diaries


–John Rose, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith


This is little “Hank the Menace”…in his official Dennis overalls, too!

–Marcus Hamilton, Dennis the Menace

–Alex Hallatt, Arctic Circle

And just to throw in a little extra, here’s my own baby photo!


Best wishes for a great new year to everyone!