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Ray Billingsley, CURTIS daily newspaper cartoonist: Mr. Media Radio Interview

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Cartoonist Ray Billingsley finally books ‘Curtis’ with Mr. Media!



The last time cartoonist Ray Billingsley was on Mr. Media Radio, he expressed his frustration with the disinterest of traditional publishers in collecting his daily comic strip, “Curtis,” in book form.

Well, Billingsley has taken matters in his own hands and is back to talk about the publication of A Boy Named Curtis. This first in a series collection begins with strips first published in 2000.

Billingsley draws from real life, and the strip has the fresh quality of situational humor, mixed with melodrama, comedy and pathos. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, “Curtis” is read in more than 250 newspapers nationwide.

The strip depicts the urban existence of Greg and Diane Wilkins, a black family that lives in a weathered brownstone. Eleven-year-old Curtis and his younger brother, Barry, are emblematic of preteens in the big city, navigating their way through adolescence and its delights and dangers.

Order A Boy Named Curtis direct from Ray Billingsley!

LISTEN! Ray Billingsley’s first appearance on Mr. Media (April 13, 2007)

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