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 on June 15, 1970,[1] and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Darby Conley's first cartoons appeared in the Doyle High Trailblazer, his school paper in Knoxville, Tennessee. His single-panel strip of weirdness won him first place in a News-Sentinel student cartoon competition in 1986, thus planting the idea of someday becoming a professional cartoonist.

He went on to earn a Fine Arts/Art History degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts, continuing to improve his Far Side clones for the Amherst Student, graduating in 1994. While a student in college, he played rugby, explaining the rugby sport references in his comic strip. Conley was also a member of an all-male, jazz-influenced a cappella group, the Zumbyes.

As of 2000, he was listed as married to a woman named "Laura" (nee Frain[2][3]).[1]

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 in 75 papers.[citation needed]

The idea for Bucky's character came from a friend's Siamese.[4]



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.[6][7][8]

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.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "Darby N Conley" Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Ancestry" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Darby Conley" on White Pages
  3. ^ "CONLEY, DARBY N (Age 45)"
  4. ^ Turczyn, Coury (2002). "Let's Get Fuzzy". PopCult Magazine. 
  5. ^ "Division Awards: Newspaper Strip". National Cartoonists Society. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ 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 
  7. ^ "Pittsburgh Not Laughing At Smelly Joke - Travel News Story". KCRA Sacramento. 2003-11-05. Retrieved 2010-05-13. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Letters to the Business Editor: 11/11/03". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 11, 2003. 
  9. ^ Voss, Gretchen (July 2005). "Head Games". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  10. ^ "Lobel Charges Libel". WGBH. May 20, 2005. 

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