Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Richard Gordon (Dick) Guindon 1935 - 2022


Cartoonist Richard "Dick" Guindon passed away on February 27, 2022. He was 86.

Born in Minnesota, Dick Guindon graduated from the University of Minnesota and moved to NYC. It was during the 1960s that his cartoons began appearing in The Nation, Esquire, Playboy, Down Beat and Paul Krassner's The Realist. His cartoons for The Realist satirized political and social attitudes of the time.

He returned to the Midwest, and began working for the Detroit Free Press. He began his panel, "Guindon," in 1974 for the Minneapolis Tribune. It was later nationally syndicated. 

"In May 1984, he made an appearance on The Tonight Show. He had a three-month art exhibition, "Richard Guindon, 1981–1984", at the Flint Institute of Arts from March 10 to May 26, 1985. That same year, he took an extended vacation, continuing to draw his cartoons while driving around Europe.

" ... When he returned to the United States, he moved to Traverse City, Michigan in March 1986, and the following August he set up his studio in the Masonic Hall building in downtown Traverse City with a third-floor view of Grand Traverse Bay. Eight months later, the historic four-story building was destroyed by fire. 'I've lost 30-some years of work,' said Guindon. 'It's funny this building should wait 97 years for me to move into it before burning. It really hasn't hit me yet. I think tomorrow is going to be a very grim day.' More than 5,000 cartoons and sketches burned in the April 1987 fire, but a few weeks later Guindon learned that Irv Letofsky, Sunday editor of the Los Angeles Times 'Calendar' section, had saved a copy of every Guindon cartoon syndicated over a decade."

"In 1988, Guindon broke out of the single-panel mold and began a multi-panel comic strip, The Carp Chronicles, commenting, 'Nothing ever works out in Carp City. I don't know why. They're very nice people. It's not a pretty story, but it has to be told.'" -- Wikipedia

He retired in 2005.



Jim Keefe

Detroit Free Press 

Daily Cartoonist

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