Howard Cruse to bring his timeless characters Wendel, Ollie, Sterno and others to Pittsfield Feb. 4


Howard Cruse is a soft-spoken and popular member of the Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County. We are going to turn the spotlight on him at our next meeting because there’s a lot about him that you don’t know about, and should.

So, on February 4, 2017 at 2:00pm, he will share another side of himself – as a cartoonist – via a slideshow and commentary that will introduce you to his cartoon characters and the back story on how he created them. The meeting takes place at he conference room on the second floor of the Berkshire Athenaeuum in Pittsfield and will run from 2-4pm. (Plenty of free parking.)

Howie has been hailed as America’s foremost Gay cartoonist. But he is a whole lot more than that. He is in fact one of America’s foremost cartoon illustrators. Period.

A preachers son from Springville, Alabama, it goes without saying that Howard has a special insight and unique sense of humor when it comes to the LGBT experience. His many characters reflect the LGBT community’s many facets, but we are perhaps best represented by his Wendel strips. These were originally serialized in The Advocate Magazine, and later collected by Kitchen Sink Press into an oversized 8.5 x 11″ comic book. Here’s a typical strip:

You don’t have to be gay to appreciate his cute boy next door Wendel or his many other works. In fact, Stuck Rubber Baby is a full-length novella in cartoon format that addresses a lot of issues still impacting our lives today. So Howard is not limiting himself to talking about just Wendel, and could also introduce us to Ollie, Sterno and any number of his other very human and compelling characters.

For more about Howard Cruse, visit his website:


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