Cartoonists I dig – Kevin McCormick

Kevin McCormick created the comic strip Arnold which ran in a handful of papers in the mid-80s. He was also the first syndicated comic stripper I ever met. Kevin is from my hometown and was our first speaker when we revitalized the Upstate Cartoonists League of America (UCLA, get it?) in the early 90s. (Later the group became the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society.) He’s a sweet, gentle guy but his strip – about a kid named Arnold and his meek friend Tommy – had a biting sense of humor. After Arnold ended Kevin wrote gags freelance for Garfield and is now completely out of the racket. But enough blithering by me – Charles Brubaker just did an interview with him here.

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5 Responses to “Cartoonists I dig – Kevin McCormick”

  1. Charles Gaba Says:

    Awesome! I thought I was the only one who remembered Arnold!

    McCormick had a very odd style–sometimes Tommy would go off on these vaguely fundamentalist Christian diatribes, but the rest of the time he’d have horrific things happen to him,like having his lungs yanked out of his nostrils.

  2. Mike Says:

    I was a student at U of Detroit when Arnold was running, back in the ’80s. My friends & I all thought is was brilliant – way ahead of it’s time.

    Seems we were right.

    Anyone know a website or book of those old Arnold strips?

  3. KOVALESKI Says:

    Mike- Don’t know of any websites, and unfortunately there were never any book collections.

  4. Jim Says:

    I have a box full of comics pages with ‘Arnold’ in them. Time to bring them out and reminisce. Complained bitterly to the LA Times when they cancelled the strip. The very polite PR lady probably still remembers me.

  5. Francis Bryant Says:

    I agree with Mike….Arnold was ahead of it’s time. LOVED IT. McCormick should publish all 5 yrs in a book or two.

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