Pickles (comic strip)
The main cast of Pickles
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As of 2016, Pickles was syndicated in close to 1,000 newspapers worldwide.
Story and characters
Inspired by Crane's in-laws, the strip describes their efforts to enjoy retirement, which instead proves quite imperfect for both. Earl Pickles is characterized as having a bald head, glasses, and a bushy white mustache, and wears suspenders. Opal Pickles is characterized as somewhat chubby, bespectacled, and is often seen wearing purple polka-dotted dresses and white sneakers. When sitting, she is usually seen with her pet cat in her lap. Both characters were drawn with their eye pupils visible through their glasses during the strip's early years, but their glasses were later whitened so that they are opaque to readers.
The cast includes their dog Roscoe and their cat Muffin; their grandson Nelson Wolfe and his parents—their daughter Sylvia and her husband Dan, a wildlife photographer, Clyde, Earl's elderly friend, and Pearl, Opal's sister who dated Earl many years ago.
Awards and honors
- In 2001, Pickles was named best newspaper comic strip of the year by the National Cartoonists Society.
- In 2013, Brian Crane shared the Reuben Award with Rick Kirkman.
The strips have been collected in book form in Pickles (1998), Pickles, Too: The Older I Get, The Better I Was (1999), Still Pickled After All These Years (2002), Let's Get Pickled! (2006), How Come I Always Get Blamed for the Things I Do? (2010), and Oh Sure! Blame it on the Dog! (2013). A 25th anniversary retrospective, 25 Years of Pickles, was released by Baobab Press in 2015.
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- Dwyer, Ed. "CULTURE: The Funny Papers: Newspapers may be in trouble, but the comic strip is alive and well — and flourishing online," Saturday Evening Post (November 7, 2016).
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