July 13, 2013
10:00 am - Noon
John Rose has always wanted to be a cartoonist. He started drawing on his parents' living room walls and continued throughout his school years in the margins of his test papers (hoping for extra credit). The Virginia-born Rose graduated from James Madison University in 1986 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in art and art history. After graduation he drew freelance sports cartoons for newspapers in Manassas, Virginia. He joined Byrd Newspapers of Virginia in 1988, starting at the Warren Sentinel in Front Royal and then moving to the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record. His cartoons have won awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Virginia Press Association. Besides appearing in the eight Byrd Newspapers, his editorial cartoons are distributed by the Scripps Howard News Service. In 1996, Pelican Publishing Company published a collection of his editorial cartoons, entitled Cartoons That Fit the Bill: An Editorial Cartoon Collection About Washington and Beyond. He has also had cartoons featured in the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year collections each year since 1988. In 2006, Parkway Publishers published his second editorial cartoon collection Now This Is Where I Draw The Line! Rose also creates Kids' Home Newspaper, a weekly children's cartoon/activity page that has been syndicated with Creators Syndicate since 1991. This feature has spawned three activity books: Fun With Pup! (1996), More Fun With Pup! (1998), Christmas Fun With Pup! (2000), all published by Pelican Publishing Company. His cartoon illustrations have also appeared in books published by Scholastic, Nancy Music Company and Magination Press. Since mid-1998, John Rose has been working on King Features' Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip. First, as Fred Lasswell's inking assistant and then taking over all the drawing responsibilities of the strip after Lasswell's death in 2001. In 2013, Lulu.com published the first book collection of Rose's work on the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip entitled The Bodacious Best Of Snuffy Smith. To purchase, go to Lulu.com and search Snuffy Smith. Rose is a member of both the National Cartoonists Society and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists. He lives with his wife, Karen and daughters, Meredith and Sarah, in the mountains of Harrisonburg, Virginia. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, freshwater fishing and snow skiing.