Cartoonist Bill Nellor has passed away.
advertising agency artist, director, owner
… he had an ongoing comic series in the Press Democrat called the “Funny Fizzles” which were all based on real life patented inventions that never made it to production. Quite humorous. He also created “Clo” the cow mascot for the Clover Milk Company of Sonoma that we have all come to know and love.
Funny Fizzles was a Sunday feature that ran from 1976 to 1977.
The feature warranted an Obscurity of the Day entry from Allan Holtz,
That, in turn, generated a reply from Bill himself:
I am the creator of Funny Fizzles and still alive at 87 and pursuing the arts in Santa Rosa, CA. Jim Molica was a former account executive with Young & Rubicam San Francisco where I also served as Art Supervisor. Molica did the research and contact with the newspaper agency. He also talked Schultz into adding an intro to the book published by Signet Pocket Books, since Schultz lived in the Santa Rosa area…
Here’s a very brief bio. My first in SF was with the Guild, Bascom, and Bonfigli Agency in the early 50’s. I had a short stint at Honig-Cooper and finally Y&R with some brief freelance work in between. I then moved to Santa Rosa to a partnership where I developed the Clover cow “Clo” and shortly after opened my own adv. agency “Bill Nellor Advertising”. Sebastiani Vineyards and Maherajah Water Skis were a couple of my other early accounts…
Presently I donate a cartoon series called the “Eco Kid” to the Northern California Sierra Club bimonthly bulletin.