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cartoonist , illustrator

Russell Myers is an American cartoonist best known for his newspaper comic strip.

Background

Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, Myers was raised in Oklahoma where his father taught at the University of Tulsa.

Education

Graduate, Tulsa University, 1960.

Career

Myers was interested in cartooning from an early age. After his first strip submission for syndication failed, he began working for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO in 1960 as an illustrator of greeting cards. He continued to submit comic strip concepts for syndication in his free time.

The idea for originally came from writer Elliott Caplin, brother of cartoonist Al Capp, who described the character to Myers. Myers designed the characters and wrote the scripts. Caplin acted as Myers' business agent and submitted to the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, where it was accepted.

The first strip was published on April 19, 1970. Russell and Marina Myers married in 1964. As Russell Myers noted, "We live in Oregon with seven dogs, three horses, and a pond full of koi and grow moss on our north sides.

Hobbies include reading, collecting old cars, and hanging out at our local Saturday night dirt track, where I sponsor a car and wish I was brave enough to drive.".

Achievements

  • Myers received the 1975 National Cartoonists Society's Best Humor Strip Award.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Illustrator, writer contemporary greeting cards, Hallmark Company. Creator: syndicated comic strips Broom Hilda, since 1970, Perky and Beanz, since 1985. Books include Broom-Hilda Northern 2.