Darby Conley

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Darby Conley is an American cartoonist best known for the newspaper comic strip Get Fuzzy.


Conley was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1970, and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.[1]

While in high school in 1986, he won a student cartooning competition. During his Senior Year at Doyle High School (now South-Doyle High School) in Knoxville, Conley was voted 'Most Talented' by his graduating class. Conley was a member of Amherst College's a-cappella group, the Zumbyes.[2]

Get Fuzzy[edit]

Comics syndicate United Media agreed in 1999 to publish Conley's new strip Get Fuzzy about an anthropomorphic cat, Bucky, and dog, Satchel, living with their single young-male owner, Rob Wilco, which premiered on September 6, 1999.[3] The idea for Bucky's character came from a friend's Siamese.[4] Daily strips of Get Fuzzy ended in 2013 and were replaced by reruns; as of 2017 the Sunday strips are also in reruns.[5]



On October 30, 2003, the city of Pittsburgh served as the punch line of a strip about tourism destinations based on smells. Offended residents of the area deluged the author with negative feedback that included death threats.[7][8][9]

A May 13, 2005 strip portrayed Boston-area sports reporter Bob Lobel as a drunk, prompting Lobel to file libel lawsuits against Conley and his syndicate.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Darby Conley". Good Reads.
  2. ^ "Alumni". The Zumbyes. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ Price, Robert (July 29, 2016), "Sound Off: History is achieved, but no photo to document it?," Bakersfield. Retrieved September 20, 2016
  4. ^ Turczyn, Coury (2002). "Let's Get Fuzzy". PopCult Magazine. Archived from the original on 2005-04-18.
  5. ^ Ward, Alyson (April 7, 2017), "What happened to the 'Get Fuzzy' comic strip?," Houston. Retrieved August 20, 2017
  6. ^ "Division Awards: Newspaper Strip". National Cartoonists Society. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Dan (November 18, 2003), "Comic strip apology to really isn't: 'Get Fuzzy' creator says Pittsburghers need to take a joke", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  8. ^ "Pittsburgh Not Laughing At Smelly Joke - Travel News Story". KCRA Sacramento. 2003-11-05. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  9. ^ "Letters to the Business Editor: 11/11/03". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 11, 2003.
  10. ^ Voss, Gretchen (July 2005). "Head Games". Boston Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  11. ^ "Lobel Charges Libel". WGBH. May 20, 2005. Archived from the original on September 24, 2006.

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