Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In Memoriam

Bil Keane 1922-2011.

FILE - In this June 21, 2006 file photo, cartoonist Bil Keane, creator of the comic strip "Family Circus," poses in his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz. A spokeswoman for King Features Syndicate, the comic strip's distributor, says Keane died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. He was 89. (AP Photo/East Valley Tribune, Paul O'Neill)

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Bil had retired and was in relative comfort for many years. Jeff Keane (53), the inspiration for Jeffy - has been writing and drawing the strip for quite some time and will continue to do so.

While the strip is far too saccharine for my tastes, the fact remains that the gentle, slightly nostalgic and innocent tone that Family Circus has embodied over the years is a consistent comfort for many. Au revoir, Bil Keane, and thank you.

I will, however, continue mocking the strip. So sorry.

Well, maybe not so much.

H/T LeeAnn

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