Cartoonist Bill Griffith appears at the Toonseum on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM!
Underground comics legend Bill Griffith is the creator of the counterculture icon Zippy the Pinhead, who has appeared in print for more than four decades. During this visit to the ToonSeum, Griffith discusses all things Zippy!
From the creation of the character to how Zippy has become a pop culture fixture “Are we having fun yet?” This non sequitur utterance by the clown-suited philosopher/media star Zippy the has become so oft-quoted that it is now in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Zippy has in fact become an international icon, even appearing on the (former) Berlin Wall.
Griffith began his comics career in New York City in 1969. His first strips were published in the East Village Other and Screw Magazine and featured an angry amphibian named Mr. The Toad.
He ventured to San Francisco in 1970 to join the burgeoning underground comics movement and made his home there until 1998. His first major comic book titles included Tales of Toad and Young Lust, a best-selling series parodying romance comics of the time. The first Zippy strip appeared in Real Pulp #1 (Print Mint) in 1970. The strip went weekly in 1976, first in the Berkeley Barb and then syndicated nationally through Rip Off Press. In 1980 weekly syndication was taken over by Zipsynd (later Pinhead Productions), owned and operated by the artist.
Zippy also appeared in the pages of the National Lampoon and High Times from 1977 to 1984. In 1985 the San Francisco Examiner asked Griffith to do Zippy six days a week, and in 1986 he was approached by King Features Syndicate to take the daily strip to a national audience.Sunday color strips began running in 1990.
Today Zippy appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide. There have been over a dozen paperback collections of Griffith’s work and numerous comic book and magazine appearances, both here and abroad. Griffith’s Zippy strip is the only Alt Weekly comic to have migrated to daily newspaper syndication and has been running in papers for more than 30 years.
Meet & Greet / Signing
Mr. Griffith will have books to sell and sign after his presentation. To allow everyone get some time with Bill, we need to limit the number of signed items to two (2) items per person. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.
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