Charles Barsotti

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Charles Barsotti (born 1933)[1] is an American cartoonist who has contributed gag cartoons to major magazines.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in San Marcos, Texas, Barsotti grew up in San Antonio and graduated from Texas State University in 1955.[3] 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.[4]

Career as a cartoonist[edit]

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.[5] On 26 February 1996, the pup also appeared on one of three United Kingdom postage stamps featuring Barsotti's cartoons.

Awards[edit]

Barsotti received the National Cartoonist Society's Gag Cartoon Award for 1988 for his work.

He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Books[edit]

  • 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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://texasmonthly.com/preview/2000-04-01/exfiles Texas Monthly article, 01 April 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  2. ^ Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.
  3. ^ http://txstateu.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/alumni-profile-charles-barsotti/ Texas State University Alumni Profiles. Retrieved 15 February 2011,
  4. ^ Charles Barsotti at tcj.com Retrieved 5 October 2013
  5. ^ http://guilbertuk.co.uk/a_dog_story_19.html 'A dog story' at guilbert.co.uk. Retrieved 15 February 2011.

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