‘Snuffy’ creator coming to News Sentinel

Are you a Snuffy Smith fan? Well, here’s your chance to meet the man behind the hillbilly. John Rose, creator of the comic strip, will meet fans and sign autographs at the News Sentinel 5:30-7 p.m. next Monday.
rose.jpgRose is the third cartoonists to produce the “Snuffy” strip. The comic was started as “Barney Google” by Billy DeBeck in 1919. Fred Lasswell, took over in 1942 after DeBeck’s death and shifted the strip’s focus to the Snuffy Smith character. Rose picked up the strip in 2001.
After carrying “Snuffy” for many years, the News Sentinel cancelled the comic earlier this year after a survey showed its popularity had slipped. But reaction was so great that the newspaper soon restored it. At the time, Rose offered to visit, and I took him up on it.
Samples of his artwork will be displayed in the newspaper’s lobby during the event. If you’re coming, please RSVP to 865-342-6871.