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Shoe cartoonist Chris Cassatt passes at age 66
Chris Cassatt, who became Jeff MacNelly’s assistant in 1993 on the comic strip Shoe has passed away after battling cancer. Chris was introduced to Jeff through Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters and thus began a collaboration that lasted until Jeff’s passing in 2000. Chris was instrumental in helping Jeff use computers to streamline his work. After Jeff’s passing, Chris carried on with Shoe with Jeff’s widow Susie and Gary Brookins.
The Aspen Times, where Chris got his start in the 1970s, has a wonderful write up to the type of individual Chris was.
Cassatt’s naturally subversive sense of humor came out most strongly when he began running his cartoon creation for various local and state offices. After candidate Sal A. Mander was thrown off the ballot in an Aspen mayoral election on the shaky (in Aspen, anyway) grounds that he was not a “real person,” Cassatt legally changed his name to Sal A. Mander and ran for Colorado governor in 1978, finishing fifth in a six-candidate contest.
Responding to the death of Chris, Susie MacNelly tells me, “All I can picture is Chris, Jeff and Jake making comic mayhem wherever they are and yucking it up.” Jake is Jeff’s son who died in 1996 in a rock-climbing accident.
There will be a write-up posted on Shoecomics.com later today regarding Chris’s passing.
Chris leaves behind his wife Lauren and two children, Alex and Hayley.