In grade school during the 70s, I loved reading the Peanuts paperback collection. Then in 1975, I started drawing my own comics in class. My classmates became my readers. My teacher would remind me not to draw in class while tossing my work into the waste basket. I learned about rejection early on, so I cartooned anyway - very quickly in order to not get caught. The comics I created had readers throughout my junior high, high school, and college years. After college, my job as a manager left me feeling empty inside. This wasn't my life. I was born to cartoon. I was tired of feeling miserable. I simply quit. I spent the next year dropping off my comics at local coffee houses. I then went on a pilgrimage to the Cartoon art Museum in San Francisco. A series of parking tickets made that trip short - forcing me to hang out in Santa Rosa instead. When I arrived in Santa Rosa, I went into a place called The Warm Puppy Cafe. Charles Schulz was seated at a table having breakfast. I eventually went over and introduced myself. He took me to his studio. The next half-hour was like a dream. He even help redesign my cartoon characters. This was October 22, 1998. As I was leaving his studio, Schulz told me "Never, ever give up." I'm celebrating 41 years of cartooning. My website BunsComic.com has readers around the world. I think back on how it all started.... my simple drawings in class. I just put together a cartoon slideshow called "My Life Should be Better!" I'm hoping to inspire others with its message.
Submitted by Steven M. Hill