I grew up watching Dad cartoon. [And yes, he happens to share the same name as me]. Whether it was drawing birthday cards for everyone in the family, creating banners for our team sports, , drawing on our school lunch bags, cartooning for our community newsletter, painting Christmas windows on shops around town, designing logos for customers, or cartooning just for the sake of cartooning — I watched him do it, and consequently, I wanted to do it. And I often did, right alongside him in his amazing art studio tucked away in the rafters of our garage.
In the History and Printing chapters of Vert’s Story, I talk about my dad and how he cartooned for the Daily Trojan while attending college at USC (1962-1966). [Click here for a fun look back at Dad in action in a photo essay created by his good friend in college, Gary Ferington; Click here to see Dad’s Daily Trojan Collection]. As I was nearing my graduation, he and I took a trip to his alma mater and found ourselves in the main library blowing dust off of rolls of microfilm from the 60’s. Below are a few of his cartoons we were able to find:
For my graduation, Dad drew up this caricature of myself and Vert for the LACC yearbook.