Bezango, Wa., a film in production about Northwest Cartoonists, will
involve a number of interviews with Northwest cartoonists. Here is an
excerpt of one conducted recently by Louise Amandes via email with the
former Seattle PI cartoonist Ray _Collins:
1. How did you get your start?
We were dirt-poor during the Great Depression and sometimes my big bros
would swipe a Sunday newspaper. For me, the color comics were lust at
first sight. I started drawing.
2. How did you start working at the P.I.?
In my high school senior year (1949), I won a Gold Key for cartooning in a
National Scholastic competition. The winners were exhibited at the
downtown Frederick & Nelson and my boss saw the show. I was hired as a
part-time copy boy; six months later; staff artist —- staff artists in
those days were, primarily, photo retouchers. I excelled at painting
genitals off household pets. (more…)