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‘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.

Snuffy Smith now News Sentinel fan

SnuffyReadingPaperColor.jpgWhen he heard we were returning Snuffy Smith to the comics page, John Rose, creator of the strip, sent this drawing of his character enjoying his restoration.
The plan we’re now looking at would eliminate two panels that did poorly in our survey — “Brevity” and “Argyle Sweater” — and rejuggle the page to allow room for Snuffy without eliminating any of the strips we just started.

News Sentinel cancelling ‘Snuffy Smith’

The results of our latest comics survey are in, and they weren’t good for “Snuffy Smith,” the long-running strip about an Appalachian hillbilly and his clan.
bgoogle_snuffy.jpgStarting Monday, Snuffy will be gone from the comics pages along with four other strips: “Dustin,” “Monty,” “Curtis” and “Rose is Rose.” They’ll be replaced by four new comics: “Big Nate,” “Deflocked,” “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” and “Knight Life.” By popular demand, we also are bringing back “Baldo,” which we cancelled last year.
I expect Snuffy to be the most controversial of the changes, because the comic has been around so long and because it has a regional theme. My Sunday column, which follows as an extended entry, reflects on the history of the old hillbilly.

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