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Mason Mastroianni gains byline on B.C. strip

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Mason Mastroianni, who took over his grandfather Johnny Hart’s comic strip after his passing in 2007, is now being credited in the strips byline. Last Sunday was the first time the B.C. comic strip featured the byline “by “Mastroianni and Hart.” The change was prompted by Bobby Hart, Johnny’s widow, and Creators’ president Rick Newcombe who together decided that it was time to recognize Mason’s work because of his exceptional work in taking over his grandfather’s strip.

According to Rick, “Mason is a brilliant artist with a sense of humor very much like Johnny Hart’s — warm, incredibly funny and always surprising. With Mason at the helm, B.C. continues to be one of the most popular comic strips in the world today.”

Mason says his reaction to seeing the Mastroianni name on the strip was a bittersweet sense of humility and pride. “My brother, Mick, and I are very grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue our grandfather’s legacy,” Mason tells me. “Without a doubt, B.C. and the Wizard of Id’s continued success is the result of the support and hard work of my entire family, the Parker family and the wonderful folks at Creators Syndicate.”

Community Comments

#1 John Read
January/5/2010
@ 4:36 pm

Congratulations, Mason! That is as it should be.

#2 Rich Diesslin
January/5/2010
@ 4:53 pm

Kudos Mason! Well deserved!

#3 Nate Goss
January/5/2010
@ 5:27 pm

Congratulations Mason!!!

#4 Larry Levine
January/5/2010
@ 6:55 pm

Congratulations, Mason!!

#5 Garey Mckee
January/5/2010
@ 7:47 pm

It must have taken quite a long time to chisel “Mastroianni” in that rock. LOL

#6 Jeanette Grover
January/5/2010
@ 8:46 pm

Congratulations, Mason! You have a family with lots of LOVE.

#7 Howard Tayler
January/5/2010
@ 8:48 pm

Congrats, Mason! It’s about time!

#8 Tom Racine
January/5/2010
@ 10:29 pm

Congrats, Mason! Well deserved!

#9 Richard Cross
January/6/2010
@ 7:54 am

“When you can snatch the pebble from my hand Grasshopper…”
Now it’s time to burn “B.C.” onto your forearms to make it official Mason. Let me know if you need some help with that. Congrats! :O)

#10 Rick Ellis
January/6/2010
@ 10:31 am

Congratulations! My question is why did it take so long?

#11 Lucas Turnbloom
January/6/2010
@ 12:20 pm

Congratulations Mason!!! What Howard T. said!

#12 Tom Stemmle
January/6/2010
@ 1:27 pm

Congratulations Mason! You have really earned it! I’m happy to see you “chiseled” onto the B.C. rock!

#13 Darin Carpenter
January/9/2010
@ 2:45 pm

I am glad to see you getting the chance to share in you grandfathers honor even more! Good job Mason!

#14 Gerald Williams
December/9/2011
@ 12:30 am

This is a great time in your life , and such a great honor to be reconized as a fantistisc cartoonist. Please keep drawing this daily classic, I love it, I follow it everyday. You have a beautiful tallent just like your Grandfather, bless his sole.

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