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Brian Crane

Meet the mind behind the award-winning daily and Sunday comic strip "Pickles."

Brian Crane’s Pickles is a zinger-filled, laugh-out-loud comic strip gem. Featuring Earl and Opal Pickles, who have been married for over 50 years, it shows the funny side of family and friendships.

Earl and Opal share their golden years with their 30-something daughter Sylvia, her husband, Dan and their beloved grandson Nelson. Their dense dog Roscoe and cynical cat Muffin also enliven the Pickles’ household. Whether observing the differences between genders and generations or taking a wry but sympathetic look at life in the twilight years, Crane’s good-natured wit and dry humor are sure to please readers of all ages.

Soon after Pickles’ debut in 1990, Crane “retired” as an art director for an advertising agency in Reno, Nevada, to devote his full attention to his comic strip. Although he often used cartoon figures in ads he designed, Pickles is his first syndicated comic strip. In 1995 and 2001, Pickles was nominated for best comic strip of the year by the National Cartoonists Society, winning the coveted award in 2001. Today Pickles appears in more than 400 newspapers around the world.

In 2004, Andrews McMeel published the latest collection of Pickles strips, “Still Pickled After All These Years. Two previous collections, “Pickles” and “Pickles, Too: The Older I Get, The Better I Was” were published in 1998 and 1999 by Longstreet Press. In the foreword to the first book, Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz wrote: “There are many things I like about Brian Crane's feature, Pickles. I think it would be very comforting to have Earl and Opal for neighbors. …” “Pickles,” he added, “is going to be around for a long time.”

Crane was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He graduated with a degree in art from Brigham Young University in 1973.

Crane lives near Reno with his wife, Diana. He's the proud father of seven and grandfather of five.

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