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Connecticut's Cartoon County

Jan 11, 2018

For a period of about fifty years, many of America's top cartoonists and illustrators lived within a stone's throw of one another in the southwestern corner of Connecticut.

Comic strips and gag cartoons read by hundreds of millions were created in this tight-knit group -- Prince Valiant, Superman, Beetle Bailey, Hägar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Nancy, The Wizard of Id, Family Circus... I could keep going.

This hour, a look at the funny pages, and at Connecticut's cartoon county.

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GUESTS:

  • Bill Griffith - The creator and author of the daily comic strip Zippy
  • Henry McNulty - A writer and editor who worked for the Hartford Courant for more than 25 years
  • Cullen Murphy - The editor-at-large of Vanity Fair and the author of Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe

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Colin McEnroe, Tucker Ives, Betsy Kaplan, Catie Talarski, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.