Bill Keane

William Aloysius Keane (October 5, 1922 – November 8, 2011), better known as Bil Keane, was an American cartoonist notable for his work on the long-running newspaper comic The Family Circus, which began its run in 1960 and continues in syndication.

Keane is a four-time recipient of the National Cartoonists Society’s Award for Best Syndicated Panel, winning in 1967, 1971, 1973 and 1974.Then in 1982, Keane was named the Society’s Cartoonist of the Year and received its top honor, the Reuben Award.[8] He also received the Elzie Segar Award in 1982 for his unique contribution to the cartooning profession. Keane was honored with the Silver T-Square Award from the National Cartoonist Society in 2002 for “outstanding dedication” to the NCS and the cartooning profession.

In 1998, he became the tenth recipient of the Arizona Heritage Award, joining—among others—Barry Goldwater, Sandra Day O’Connor, Mo Udall and Erma Bombeck.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Keane taught himself to draw while attending Northeast Catholic High School by mimicking the style of the cartoons published in The New Yorker. His first cartoon was published on May 21, 1936 on the amateur page of the Philadelphia Daily News. While in high school, his in-comic signature spelled his name “Bill Keane”, but early in his career, he omitted the second L from his first name “to be distinctive”.

Keane served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, drawing for Yank and creating the “At Ease with the Japanese” feature for the Pacific edition of Stars and Stripes. While stationed in Australia he met Thelma “Thel” Carne.Bil and Thel were married in Brisbane in 1948 and settled in Roslyn, Pennsylvania. Thel, the inspiration for the “Mommy” character in his long-running strip, died on May 23, 2008 from complications due to Alzheimer’s Disease.[4][5] They have five children, Gayle, Neal, Glen, Christopher and Jeff. Glen works as an animator.

He worked for the Philadelphia Bulletin as a staff artist from 1946 to 1959, where he launched his first regular comic strip Silly Philly. His first syndicated strip, Channel Chuckles, premiered in 1954 and ran until 1977.

In 1959, the Keane family moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona. His daily newspaper panel The Family Circus premiered on February 29, 1960.

Keane was the president of the National Cartoonists Society from 1981 to 1983 and was the emcee of the Society’s annual awards banquet for 16 years.

From 1981 to 1983, Bil published the gag strip Eggheads in collaboration with his son Jeff, who now draws and writes The Family Circus and continues the comic legacy with his own unique insight and humor. Like his father, Jeff Keane has been president of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS), serving two consecutive terms (four years). The NCS is the organizing body that honors cartoonists with the coveted Reuben Awards.

Keane died on November 8, 2011 at his home in Paradise Valley, Arizona (near Phoenix), at 89, from congestive heart failure

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  1. Salem

     /  November 10, 2011

    The Family Circus (originally The Family Circle) : The series debuted on February 29, 1960, and has been in continuous production ever since. According to publisher King Features Syndicate, it is the most widely syndicated cartoon panel in the world, appearing in 1,500 newspapers.[1] Compilations of Family Circus comic strips have sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

    source: wiki

    amazing job that he did, its ana amazin g thing what ONE man can do, if he loves what he does and give all what he has in order to fulfill his dream .

    RIP. Bill Keane

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