University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Jerry Scott

Hameroff Law Group

Jerry Scott has become a superstar of the cartooning world. As co-creator of Baby Blues and Zits, he is one of just four cartoonists in history to have two daily comics strips running in more than a thousand newspapers each.

Jerry started cartooning professionally in the mid-1970s by selling a cartoon to the Saturday Evening Post. In 1983, he took over the comic strip Nancy, which he continued to reinvent for 12 years. In 1988, he got together with longtime friend Rick Kirkman and started kicking ideas around for a new strip. The result was Baby Blues, which was released in syndication in 1990. Baby Blues currently runs in over 1,200 newspapers in 28 countries and 13 languages. There are 42 Baby Blues collection books in print, with well over a million copies sold.

In 1996, Jerry had an idea for a comic strip about a teenage boy and along with the artistic genius of Jim Borgman, Zits was born. First syndicated in an impressive 200 newspapers, King Features now distributes Zits to over 1,700 papers in 45 countries and 18 languages. Zits has been collected in 32 anthologies. Scott has received numerous cartooning awards, including the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Comic Strip of the Year three times, the Adamson Statuette, Sweden’s highest comic honor, and Germany’s Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip. Jerry is proudest of receiving the Reuben Award in 2001 from the National Cartoonists Society as Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

Jerry lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his wife, Kim and their teenage daughter, from whom he steals ideas whenever possible. His new book is "What Was That All About?: 20 Years of Strips and Stories (Zits)."

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Scheduled events:
Humor and More
Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, creators of the comic series Zits, team up with Alan Zweibel, an original writer for Saturday Night Live, to talk about humor and more.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Humor / Comedy
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jim Borgman, Jerry Scott, Alan Zweibel
Moderator: Sam Barry
Don't Expect Any Leftovers: Living with Teenagers
Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott will talk about 20 years of their comic strip: ZITS, with some stories, personal favorite strips and maybe even a draw-along.

Arizona Daily Star Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humor / Comedy
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jim Borgman, Jerry Scott
Moderator: David Fitzsimmons

What Was That All About?: 20 Years of Strips and Stories (Zits)
Humor / Comedy
Andrews McMeel Publishing
October 2017
ISBN 9781449486747
Hardcover, 264 pages
$24.99, INSTORE
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What Was That All About? looks back at the 20-year whirlwind life of the Duncan family, the inhabitants of the popular, modern family cartoon Zits. More/less

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