Rate Yourself: How Well Do You Know Your Cartoons?
BETTER KNOW A 'TOONIST
How much do we know, really, about the cartoon artists who entertain us daily? Sure, many of us know that Charles Schulz had a boyhood dog; that Bill "Calvin & Hobbes" Watterson had a boyhood cat; and that Johnny "B.C." Hart had, well, a coupla vocal thoughts about religion.
In truth, though, most of us know so relatively little. So to rectify this grievous situation, Comic Riffs today kicks off "Better Know a 'Toonist." This quiz lets you test your trivial knowledge of comic artists (today's topic: the curriculum vitae--well, mainly). Know your stuff? Then make mincemeat of our so-called "test."
You're invited to post your total (non-Google-dependent) scores in the comments -- each of the 12 questions is worth five points; answers are at the end.
1. How tall does Brooke McEldowney ("9 Chickweed Lane," "Pibgorn") say he is?
2. Which one of these California cartoonists did not attend UC Berkeley?
a.) Darrin Bell ("Candorville" et al.)
b.) Stephan Pastis ("Pearls Before Swine")
c.) Scott Adams ("Dilbert")
d.) Lalo Alcaraz ("La Cucaracha")
e.) Rube Goldberg
f.) Berkeley Breathed ("Bloom County" et al.)
3. Which one of these cartoonists is not Canadian?
a.) Lynn Johnston ("For Better or for Worse")
b.) Jim Unger ("Herman")
c.) Dave Coverly ("Speed Bump")
d.) Hal Foster ("Prince Valiant")
4. Which one of these cartoonists did not attend Evergreen State (Wash.) University?
a.) Lynda Barry
b.) Gary Larson
c.) Matt Groening
d.) D.C. Simpson
5. Which one of these comic-strip cartoonists has not been a Pulitzer finalist in the past 20 years?
a.) Tom Batiuk ("Funky Winkerbean")
b.) Lynn Johnston ("For Better or for Worse")
c.) Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury")
d.) Berkeley Breathed ("Bloom County" et al.)
6. Which one of these political cartoonists is not the recipient of at least three cartooning Pulitzers?:
a.) Paul Conrad
b.) Jeff MacNelly
c.) Rollin Kirby
d.) Herb Block
7. Which one of these cartoonists did not attend law school?
a.) Greg Howard ("Sally Forth")
b.) Stephan Pastis ("Pearls Before Swine")
c.) Batton Lash ("Supernatural Law," etc.)
d.) Chester Gould ("Dick Tracy")
e.) Ruben Bolling ("Tom the Dancing Bug")
8. Which one of these cartoonists did not attend Amherst (Mass.) College?
a.) Darby Conley ("Get Fuzzy")
b.) Bill Amend ("Fox Trot")
c.) Brad Anderson ("Marmaduke")
d.) John Cullen Murphy Jr. ("Prince Valiant")
9. Which one of these cartoonists was born on St. Patrick's Day?
a.) Patrick McDonnell ("Mutts")
b.) Reg Smythe ("Andy Capp")
c.) Walt Kelly ("Pogo")
d.) Charles E. Kelly (Dublin Opinion)
10. Which one of these cartoonists was not born in Europe?
a.) Art Spiegelman
b.) Ann Telnaes
c.) Al Jaffee
d.) Sergio Aragones
11. Which one of these illustrators boasts of being chief designer at Hallmark Cards by age 18?
a.) Bil Keane ("Family Circus")
b.) Mort Walker ("Beetle Bailey")
c.) Jim Davis ("Garfield")
d.) Jim Borgman ("Zits")
GRATUITOUS BONUS QUESTION: Which one of these cartoonists did not attend the University of California, San Diego?
a.) Mike Judge ("King of the Hill" et al.)
b.) Michael Cavna ("Warped" et al.)
c.) Steve Breen ("Grand Avenue")
d.) Dave Kellett ("Sheldon")
ANSWERS: 1. D; 2. F; 3. C; 4. B; 5. D; 6. D; 7. C; 8. C; 9. A; 10. C; 11. B; 12. C
0-15 points: Prepare for Bucky Katt to mock you mercilessly.
20-30: Time to play catch-up -- why, have we got the blog for you.
35-45: The funnypages are wooing your interest to survive.
50-plus: You embody every cartoonist's dream that 'toon groupies might yet exist.
| February 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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