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Don Addis passes at age 74

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Former Evening Independent and St. Petersburg Times editorial cartoonist Don Addis passed away Sunday of lung cancer at the age of 74. Don began his cartooning career in 1964 with the Evening Independent and during his career he launched four syndicated comic strips: Briny Deep, The Great John L., Babyman, and his most successful strip Bent Offerings that ran for 16 years. Bent Offerings was awarded the best newspaper panel by the National Cartoonist Society. He retired in 2004.

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#1 Rick Kirkman
December/1/2009
@ 1:26 pm

Sad to hear. I didn’t really know him, but we traded originals once. I have one of his Bent Offerings titled “How Rich Cartoonists Work.” I look at that every day and smile. I really liked his bold brush work.

#2 Dave Stephens
December/1/2009
@ 3:52 pm

One of the great ones – it took some serious complexity for him to achieve such excellent simplicity… He will be missed.

#3 Richard Cross
December/2/2009
@ 6:48 am

I enjoyed don’s gags here the the Tampa Bay area. He always found a way to be true and funny at the same time without being mean or vindictive. His perspective is sorely missed and my thoughts go out to hi family.

#4 Michael Jantze
December/2/2009
@ 9:18 pm

So young. What a shame. We’ll miss you, Don.

#5 Michael Jantze
December/3/2009
@ 1:34 pm

Sad to hear.

#6 Steve Liddick
July/14/2010
@ 2:22 pm

It really was a shock to hear of Don’s passing. He and I collaborated on some Playboy cartoons in the 1960s. He was hilariously funny on paper and extremely low key in person.

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