Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott

Type: Comic Other
Frequency: Daily
Categories: Family.

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Baby Blues has enchanted new parents, grandparents and kids alike since it first appeared on the comics pages in 1990. As the years passed, the list of newspapers carrying the feature has grown almost as fast as the MacPhersons' kids!

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Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott

Rick Kirkman was born a poor cartoonist in a log cabin drawn in poor perspective in North Carolina. He was an Air Force Brat, attending 10 schools in 12 years.

Rick's professional career began in junior high, drawing a parody of Mad Magazine and, having only one copy, charged his friends a quarter each to read it, then give it back—until their parents found out and demanded refunds.

Rick was heavily influenced by Sparky Schulz (Peanuts), Mad Magazine, and New Yorker cartoonists. He met Jerry Scott in the mid-70s during Rick's Gag Cartooning Period. Rick and Jerry fantasized about doing a syndicated comic strip together while drawing Yellow Pages ads. Rick married the lovely and talented Sukey in 1979. He spent years as an ad agency art director, freelance graphic designer and humorous illustrator before becoming syndicated with Baby Blues.

After Sukey gave birth to their second small, crying person, months of sleep deprivation resulted in the creation of the comic strip Baby Blues. Brainstorming-turned-therapy sessions for Rick provided plenty of gag ideas. Jerry writes, Rick draws.

Rick has been on six cartoonist tours overseas, drawing for troops on bases and in hospitals, mostly under the sponsorship of the USO. He’s drawn in Iraq, Afghanistan (twice), Kuwait, Djibouti, Turkey, Germany and even the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on the Arabian Sea.

Rick lives in the Phoenix area with his family and more cats and dogs than you can shake a stick at. He writes, plays drums, guitar, swims with the dogs, brags about his kids and answers Mac tech support questions in his spare time.

Jerry Scott

Jerry Scott has become a superstar of the cartooning world. As Co-creator of Baby Blues and Zits, he is one of just four cartoonists in history to have two daily comics strips running in well over a thousand newspapers each. Born May 2, 1955 in South Bend, Indiana, he was first introduced to the newspaper business by delivering the South Bend Tribune from his bicycle over pre-dawn Indiana roads. “I was pulling down maybe three figures a year, but the real reward wasn’t the money. It was that I got to be the first person in my neighborhood to read the comics on Sunday mornings. By flashlight.”Jerry started cartooning professionally in the mid-1970s by selling a cartoon to the Saturday Evening Post. In 1983 he took over the comic strip Nancy, which he continued to reinvent for 12 years. In 1988 he got together with longtime friend Rick Kirkman and started kicking ideas around for a new strip. The result was Baby Blues, which was released in syndication in 1990. Baby Blues currently runs in over 1200 newspapers in 28 countries and 13 languages. There are 45 Baby Blues collection books in print, with well over a million copies sold.

Scott has received numerous cartooning awards, including the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Comic Strip of the Year three times, the Adamson Statuette, Sweden’s highest comic honor, and Germany’s Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip. Jerry is proudest of receiving the Reuben Award in 2001 from the National Cartoonists Society as Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.Jerry lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife, Kim and their adult daughter, from whom he steals ideas whenever possible.

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