Brett Koth, who works with Jim Davis’ to help produce concept and gags for the Garfield strip, recently launched a new strip through Creators Syndicate entitled Diamond Lil.
As of March 1, “Diamond Lil” became Koth’s first nationally syndicated cartoon drawn under his name alone. He has served previous stints penning “Bugs Bunny” and “Mr. Potato Head,” along with his ongoing work on “Garfield.”
“I named her ‘Diamond Lil’ because she’s 75 and the hardest substance known to man,” Koth said of his new character. He claims that Lil is based on a number of old ladies he has known, including his own mother — although others say she resembles Koth himself.
“She’s Brett in drag,” joked Ann Telnaes, a longtime friend of Koth whose animated editorial cartoons appear on washingtonpost.com.
Best of Luck, Brett.