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Jeff MacNelly’s Shoe celebrates 35 years in newspapers
Next week Jeff MacNelly’s Shoe will turn 35. Jeff’s wife Susie, Chris Cassatt and Gary Brookins, who are producing the strip now, have created a special retrospective series that takes Skyler, one of the strip’s characters, back in time to 1977 to meet Jeff.
From the press release:
The week-long retrospective kicks off with Skyler traveling back to Jeff MacNelly’s studio where he finds the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist hunched over his drawing table in front of a blank piece of paper searching for an idea. Shocked and awed to find himself back in 1977, Skyler goes on a mission to find a memento that proves to the Treetops crew that he, in fact, traveled back in time. Along the way, Skyler stumbles upon Steve Jobs’ childhood home, the birthplace of the first Apple computer, and Game 6 of the 1977 World Series at Yankees Stadium where Reggie Jackson hit a record-breaking three home runs.
Shoe was created in 1977 and focuses on the foibles of a group of newspaper employees at the Treetops-Tattler Tribune. Several of the characters were based on Jeff’s family and co-workers. P. Martin Shoemaker – the title character was based on Jim “Shu” Shumaker, an editor at the Chapel Hill Weekly where Jeff started his career, and Roz is based on his wife Susie.
Jeff was a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning. His influence on cartooning cannot be understated. In addition to his editorial cartoons for the Chicago Tribune and his Shoe comic strip, Jeff created the comic panel Pluggers, and illustrated Dave Barry’s weekly column. He passed away in 2000 of lymphoma.