Hundreds show up to pay respects to Morrie Turner

Hundreds showed up to a ballroom in Oakland to offer their respects to Wee Pals creator Morrie Turner who passed last month.

From the Contra Costa Times:

Hundreds of fans, family members and friends dropped by the ballroom of Claremont Hotel on Sunday afternoon to say their final goodbyes to the well-known Oakland-born cartoonist.

Turner broke racial barriers in the 1960s when he became the first African-American to have a syndicated comic strip — the gently humored, ethnically diverse “Wee Pals.” The comic still runs daily in the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times.

A fitting and well deserved closing to a wonderful career.

Also: RC Harvey writes a eulogy and tribute in The Comics Journal.