December 1, 2006

"Faces, Voices & Stories"

"Pickles" Creator to Talk at WNCC

His comic strip appears daily in more than 500 newspapers all over the world. In 2002, it was awarded "Best Comic Strip of 2001" by the National Cartoonists Society. This year, the author was nominated for "Cartoonist of the Year" by the NCS. He is Brian Crane, author of "Pickles," and he is coming to Western Nevada Community College's Marlette Hall Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. for a free lecture.

"Comic Relief," a conversation, illustration and book signing, is the second featured event in Western's 2006-2007 Cultural Series: "Faces, Voices & Stories." Crane will discuss how he created the award-winning comic strip and where he drew his inspiration.

Crane moved to Reno from Idaho in 1984 to take an art director position with a local advertising firm. In his free time, he began sketching ideas for a comic strip. In 1990, the Washington Post Writers Group syndicated his "Pickles" comic strip and it has been in publication ever since.

"Pickles" features a modern family that deals with the ups and downs of growing older through the experiences of its main characters, Earl and Opal Pickles. They share their experiences with their daughter Sylvia, her husband Dan, grandson Nelson, and a dense dog and sly cat named Roscoe and Muffin.

Crane was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1973 with an art degree. Crane lives near Reno with his wife, Diana, and has seven children and five grandchildren.

Seating is limited.

Press Release: November 3, 2006

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