Guy Gilchrist Weaving Lessons into the Art of Funny Pages by Skip Anderson | Photography by Rory White
middle-aged man with long dark hair pulled back in a ponytail sits alone at the near end of the sofa in his South Nashville home, figuring out how to make the world a better place. When asked, he says he is a writer by trade. But that’s not the entirety of the truth.
“I’m a writer who hired the cheapest illustrator he could find,” says Guy Gilchrist, who is perhaps best known as the cartoonist entrusted to write and illustrate the venerable comic strip “Nancy.” Nancy, the orphaned 8-year-old title character, has been making mischief with her best pal, Sluggo, for 77 years now. And little has changed in her world since her creator, Ernie Bushmiller, introduced the precocious butterball in 1938.
This month's cover is our very own Nancy (comic strip) drawn by Guy Gilchrist.