Bil Keane, self-taught comic creator passed this week. Many are familiar with his piece Family Circus, but there’s more to this man than a one-strip humorist.
Read more about his early years at the Family Circus site, including samples from: High School Drawings, World War II, Silly Philly, Caricatures and Magazine Cartoons, Channel Chuckles
He was born William Aloysius Keane, telling The Times in 1990, “Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart.”
“The Family Circus Library” collection is available on Amazon, the site suggests you go there to purchase the series.
His son Jeff will take over the strip.
I’ll leave you with some parting words from an interview on his site: “If asked when I will retire I say ‘probably about 11 o’clock tonight. But, hopefully, I’ll be back at the ol’ drawing board in the morning and happy to be there!’” Indeed, he’ll be there in spirit for Jeff and all of us.
Thank you Bil Keane for bringing much joy to our lives…