Updated on 16 October, 2021
Nancy comics are popular with children of all ages who love them. Nancy is an American cartoon strip, first drawn and written by Ernie Bushmeller and later distributed by Andrews McMeel Syndication and United Feature Syndicate. The cartoon was very popular in syndicated magazine featuring children's cartoons and feature articles about popular entertainers. Today, Nancy is still being printed by Andrews McMeel, a division of Time-Life Incorporated.
Nancy is a comical book series, featuring twelve panels of comic goodness with each page consisting of a different "act". There are five different acts so far, featuring the teenage girl Mary Smith who finds herself inadvertently trapped with a vampire. There's Nancy, a librarian, her friendsworm, penguin, and a janitor. The adventures of these girls often take place in the comical town of Nancytown.
Nancy has been printed more than twenty-five times and the latest collection, celebrating its twentieth anniversary, has just been released. The strip is famous for it's cute characters, like the monkey, squirrel and dog, as well as the writer's clever one liners. "Comic strips" is now recognized as a distinguished children's genre, continuing past the Golden Age into the twenty-first century. "The era of super hero comics and their associated comics and cartoons have been instrumental in preserving the traditional American family vacation holiday," according to comics historian Roger W. Delmore. The popularity of comic strips led to the "superhero" label being adopted by many companies, which produced products that were influenced by this new media.
Comic strip artist Edger Allen Poe, who illustrated for more than forty years for a number of publications, is responsible for many of the images in the Nancy comics. The first appearance of Nancy was illustrated in her first "strip," the Christmas album. The publication lasted only one month. Her subsequent strips featured different holiday scenes and were published regularly until she moved to Chicago, where she honed her cartoonist skills. Trained as an illustrator, she was able to add much more depth to her Nancy comics, becoming one of the most well known cartoonists in her career.
Nancy had numerous famous friends, including baseball greats Ted Williams and Carlton Falsetto, along with her former husband, artist Will Tragos. Tragos wrote the comic strip "Comic strip Revolution" with her son, joking that the former Nancy would approve of the Bushmiller's "clever" paintings of theirs. Williams was her friend in Hollywood, although he left her because she felt that she couldn't draw. Williams actually went to visit her in prison when she was released after serving time for her second felony conviction. At the time, she lived with Falsetto in San Francisco. He would often send her letters that were beautifully written, which she always returned.
Nancy's relationship with her "writer," Bushmaou "Smooch" Thomas, became complicated when she became pregnant during the course of one of her strip storylines. After having a baby, she decided to move to New York City, where she would have a chance to work with a more established cartoonist. Her son, sluggo, was born shortly thereafter. In one of her final strips, she drew a Baby Scrooge-like character sleeping on a rock, saying that she was moving to New York to live with Smooch.
Nancy began working with her friend, cartoonist, and fellow artist, Will Tragos, on a " SNOW SWEEPER " adventure, which spanned three issues. After the strip ended, she decided to take a break from drawing comics, but instead chose to study art with the painter, William Blake. At the age of 32, she met her lover, artist and friend, Juan Parra. Within a short time, they were married. Nancy and Juan remain close to this day, and today they have a daughter, Candida, whom Nancy's son also names as Crash.
Several other celebrities have also been linked to the Nancy Comics, including her co-worker, Roseanne Barr, and her former classmate, George Segal. Some of Nancy's early strips drew on the lives of her parents, who were both bushers. Her best-known characters were a bald head named sluggo and a blond named Nancy. In recent years, she has drawn her strip as a loving family with two children, Lisa and Crash, who are named for the comic strip's characters ( Crash happens to be their baby's name). She still draws comics in a regular basis, and she co-hosts a webinar popular with other cartoonists on the Internet.