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MARMADUKE by Brad Anderson

Anderson's interest in cartooning dates back to his early childhood when he drew popular cartoon characters to amuse himself. He soon developed his own comic characters and sold his first cartoons to an aviation magazine while still in high school. Anderson continued his art career as a freelancer while serving four years in the US Navy during World War II.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2004 15:25 IST
PTI

Anderson's interest in cartooning dates back to his early childhood when he drew popular cartoon characters to amuse himself. He soon developed his own comic characters and sold his first cartoons to an aviation magazine while still in high school. Anderson continued his art career as a freelancer while serving four years in the US Navy during World War II.

He then attended Syracuse University's School of Fine Arts. Upon graduation from Syracuse, he moved into advertising and continued to freelance. His work has appeared in publications including the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's. In 1953 Anderson decided to concentrate on his cartooning full-time. A year later he created Marmaduke, modeled after a boxer named
Bruno who lived with his parents in Jamestown, N.Y. After 40 years of creating the fun-loving Great Dane, Anderson is still enthusiastic about his job. "I'm glad I can make a living at
the thing I enjoy doing the most -- drawing cartoons," he says.

Winner of the National Cartoonists Society 1976 Reuben Award for Best Panel, Anderson is also the creator of more than two dozen Marmaduke books which have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. When not working, Anderson enjoys getting together with friends and digging in his garden ("Just like Marmaduke!"). He and his wife, Barbara, live in Montgomery, Tex., and they have four grown children. They share their home with a Great Dane named Marmaladee (no
relation to Marmaduke).

First Published: Aug 01, 2002 20:09 IST