Born in San Marcos, Texas, Barsotti grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Texas State University in 1955. He then served in the Army and worked at the Brown School in San Marcos which was a residential treatment center for people with special needs, whilst studying with the aim of obtaining a masters degree in education.
Career as a cartoonist
Barsotti has been the cartoon editor of The Saturday Evening Post and has been a staff cartoonist at The New Yorker since 1970. His work has also appeared in Playboy and Fast Company, among other publications. A signature artist whose rounded, elegant, sparsely detailed style evokes both the traditional world of a James Thurber and the contemporary sensibility of a Roz Chast.
Barsotti's work features a simple repertory including a nameless, lovable pooch and a monarch whose kingdom consists of a guard and a telephone.
His work in comic strips includes:
- C. Barsotti's People
- My Kind of People
- P.J. McFey
- Sally Bananas (1969–1973)
- Funny Form (1974)
- Punchline: USA (1975)
- Broadsides (1975–1979)
In 1992, his dog character was adopted as a logo by the office supplies company Niceday Ltd, which was taken over the French company Guilbert, leading to the nickname "Niceday pup" in the United Kingdom. On 26 February 1996, the pup also appeared on one of three United Kingdom postage stamps featuring Barsotti's cartoons.
Barsotti received the National Cartoonist Society's Gag Cartoon Award for 1988 for his work.
He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
- A Girl Needs a Little Action (1969)
- Kings Don't Carry Money (August 1983)
- Barsotti's Texas (July 1986)
- The Essential Charles Barsotti (October 1, 1998)
- From the Very Big Desk of...: Business Cartoons by New Yorker Cartoonist Charles Barsotti (May 17, 2006)
- They Moved My Bowl: Dog Cartoons by New Yorker Cartoonist Charles Barsotti (May 15, 2007)
- http://texasmonthly.com/preview/2000-04-01/exfiles Texas Monthly article, 01 April 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.
- http://txstateu.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/alumni-profile-charles-barsotti/ Texas State University Alumni Profiles. Retrieved 15 February 2011,
- Charles Barsotti at tcj.com Retrieved 5 October 2013
- http://guilbertuk.co.uk/a_dog_story_19.html 'A dog story' at guilbert.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
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