FiddleStix Celebrates 25 Years in Syndication

Sunday, 06 January 2013 17:47 Newsflashes - GFP News
The GFP congratulates Michael on his 25th Year of his internationally syndicated cartoon strips FIDDLESTIX© and wish him many, many more!

Michael Pohrer is a St. Louis, Missouri animator, cartoonist and illustrator who has been spilling ink on drawing boards since 1979. Currently a member of CAPS, Comic Art Professional Society, I.C.C. International Cartoonist Conspiracy, and The St. Louis Gateway Arts, he has been delivering daily funnies to the masses since 1988 through the printed pages.

He is the creator of the internationally syndicated cartoon strips FIDDLESTIX©, and Welcome To The Junge©. Images produced by Michael Pohrer at PC Studios can be seen throughout various media sources internationally. The material created is featured on NBC, through Google News, in “Best Editorial Compilations“, Comic books (U.K., Britain), and Anthologies, newspapers, magazines, as well as featured in exhibitions through galleries, and museums across the United States.

Michael Pohrer initially created FIDDLESTIX© during 1979, and started appearing on the newspaper pages in 1988. The anthropomorphic strip always featured a core cast of three main characters. Grizzle and Irving, a misguided bear along with a sidekick snake respectively. The third character PINHEAD is rarely seen throughout the strips existence to date, (Due to an unknowing coincidence to the characters likeness with another syndicated feature. Referenced as Bill Griffith's Zippy the Pinhead at Mike Rhode's ComicsDC, coauthor of the Comics Research Bibliography, Editor of Exhibition and Media Reviews of the International Journal of Comic Art.)

The first couple of digital examples that were provided for the article over at Mike Rhode's ComicsDC, were twenty plus years old and were from the time that the strip was originally being worked up through King Features Syndicate for its initial newspaper run. The strips eventually alternated story lines between the three main characters at its peak of dailies.

FIDDLESTIX© first appeared as a one-shot daily panel newspaper cartoon strip in June 1988 and has been syndicated to publications from California to Germany. The strip remained in this initial panel format through 1990. Pinhead never appeared during the first three years of the strips daily run. Here's a look at FIDDLESTIX© as it appeared during its first three years.

For more information about his 25th Year Celebration and to see more of Michael's work, visit his Tooned In website (!

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