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The Company You Keep

Keith Knight, Tove Jansson, Charles Addams, Matt Groening, Aaron MacGruder,
Edward Gorey, E. H. Shepard, Liz Montague, and others.

Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson spent many summers at a remote mökki (cottage), enjoying idyllic moments that would later make their way into the stories of her famous comic strip, The Moomins. Cartoonist Keith Knight’s The K Chronicles began as a glimpse at his life in 1990s San Francisco when he spent afternoons riding in the glass elevators (now key-card protected) at Union Square’s Westin St. Francis hotel and eating affordable taquerias in the Mission neighborhood.


© Keith Knight

From Scandinavia to the U.S. West Coast, Japan to Chicago, historic and modern-day cartoonists and illustrators have found inspiration in the cities, towns, and rural areas around them, and inspired some places as well.

Fodors Travel Guide takes us around the world with an impressive list of cartoonists
and the hometowns that influenced their work.

Community Comments

#1 Mike
December/19/2020
@ 9:18 am

What’s a catastrophic loss of property and a few thousand men women and children buried alive from a San Francisco “tremor” so we can get an affordable two bedroom flat and eat a decent taco?

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