Darby Conley

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

Biography[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] While a student in college, he played rugby.[citation needed] Conley was also a member of an all-male, jazz-influenced a cappella group, the Zumbyes.[citation needed]

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.[1] The idea for Bucky's character came from a friend's Siamese.[2]

Awards[edit]

Controversies[edit]

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.[4][5][6]

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.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Price, Robert (July 29, 2016), "Sound Off: History is achieved, but no photo to document it?," Bakersfield. Retrieved September 20, 2016
  2. ^ Turczyn, Coury (2002). "Let's Get Fuzzy". PopCult Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Division Awards: Newspaper Strip". National Cartoonists Society. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ 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 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Letters to the Business Editor: 11/11/03". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 11, 2003. 
  7. ^ Voss, Gretchen (July 2005). "Head Games". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  8. ^ "Lobel Charges Libel". WGBH. May 20, 2005. Archived from the original on September 24, 2006. 

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