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Ray Billingsley spotlighted in scholastic publication

I’m not sure when this was published, but Scholastic magazine has a story on Ray Billingsley, the creator and cartoonist for “Curtis.”

On June 26, 1986, Ray Billingsley woke up at 3:30 a.m. He grabbed his sketch pad. In the dark, he drew a cartoon character he had been thinking about. When he was finished, he gave the character his own middle name, Curtis.

Ray didn’t know it then, but Curtis would change his life and make him a pioneer. “Curtis” is the first African-American comic strip to hit the big time. Today, it’s carried by about 250 daily newspapers in the United States.

Community Comments

#1 Paul Eiler
April/7/2007
@ 5:49 pm

Love your strip; and seeing your picture on the computer. I assume that you are a Christian; we are also. And as a black person, you ae obviously a mature one; you can make jokes about black people (as well as Christians!!) I especially enjoy the ladies in church with their hats. I pray that you have many years of drawing Curtis and his family; and his father’s cigarettes!
God Bless you!

#2 Paul Eiler
April/7/2007
@ 11:49 am

Love your strip; and seeing your picture on the computer. I assume that you are a Christian; we are also. And as a black person, you ae obviously a mature one; you can make jokes about black people (as well as Christians!!) I especially enjoy the ladies in church with their hats. I pray that you have many years of drawing Curtis and his family; and his father’s cigarettes!
God Bless you!

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