It's Best Friends' Day! We owe so much to our friends, so I asked our cartoonists to share their feelings about friendship!
Bill Griffith, Zippy the Pinhead:
Clearly, friendship is a good thing. A very nice thing....so very nice, in fact, that the niceness of it triggers an eruption of Mr. The Toad in me----
Friendship---the Dark Side!
John Rose, Barney Google and Snuffy Smith:
Jughaid's best friend is Jamey and I really enjoy drawing the strips they appear in together. Often, they are getting into trouble in school or plotting together about causing mischief. I especially enjoy drawing the strips when they are playing outside and having outdoor adventures, like rock-hopping, climbing trees and hanging out in their treehouse. They remind me so much of my two brothers and I when we were children.
Mort Walker, Beetle Bailey:
My best friend in high school was a guy named David Hornaday. We did everything together and had a great time even though he had his faults.
I drove by his house one morning to take him to a golf tournament. His mother said he was still in bed so I went to wake him up. When I spoke to him he just rolled over, turned his back to me and went on sleeping, so I lifted his cot and poured him out on the floor. He just grabbed his pillow and went on sleeping.
I said to him, "David, you ought to be in a comic strip." That stuck in my mind and when I created Beetle I used David as the inspiration...a slim, likable guy who
likes to goof-off. It made David famous in his home town and they ran his picture on the front page of the newspaper along with a cartoon of Beetle. I don't know if David liked it but he had to llive with his creation.
Bill Holbrook, Kevin & Kell, On the Fastrack, and Safe Havens:
Dethany and Fi are friends...in the most expansive usage of the word.
And yes, Fi really does have a Facebook pagenow: https://www.facebook.com/FistulaBreech/
Alex Hallatt, Arctic Circle:
My best friends are people who put their phone away when we meet up.
Ron Ferdinand, Dennis the Menace:
In this wistful daily panel, Hank really captures the timeless friendship between Dennis and Mr. Wilson.
David Reddick, Intelligent Life:
Sometimes friendship knows no boundaries!