Provoking a strong emotional response from readers right from the beginning, it grew steadily in popularity, passing the 1,newspaper mark in Hi and Lois was voted best humor strip by the National Cartoonists Society in and In the s, the creative challenge of producing the strip was handed down to the next generation. Hi and Lois is a unique collaboration between the Walker and Browne families that has lasted for more than 60 years.
Brian Walker Brian Walker, who graduated from Tufts University, has a diverse background in professional cartooning and cartoon scholarship. He was one of the founders of the Museum of Cartoon Art and has served as the curator for more than 70 cartoon exhibitions. Brian has easily transitioned to blogging on the official website at www. He has been contributing to both Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois since the early s. Greg Walker Greg Walker studied liberal arts and journalism at Syracuse University and has worked in film, commercial photography, newspapers and graphic arts.
He started his cartooning career writing and drawing comic books, including such well-known titles as Rocky and Bullwinkle, Barney and Betty Rubble, Underdog, Sarge Snorkel and Beetle Bailey.
Robert "Chance" Browne Chance Browne, also known as Bob, attended The School of Visual Arts and Park College and distinguished himself as an illustrator, art director and musician before eventually going to work for his father. After Dik launched Hagar the Horrible in , Chance stepped in to help with Hi and Lois and has been the primary artist on the strip since the mids.
He also serves as the editor for Hagar the Horrible, which is drawn by his brother Chris. A true renaissance man, Chance still finds time to paint, do freelance graphic design and play guitar with a variety of blues bands and jazz ensembles. Eric Reaves Eric started out his career as a high school art teacher, followed by a position as a Creative Director for a top apparel manufacturer.
There he created artwork for Disney, Warner Bros. In he began cartooning professionally when he joined Paws, Inc. As assistant cartoonist, Eric helped draw the Garfield comic for 17 years. He joined forces with Browne Creative Enterprises full time in He and his wife of 25 years have 5 children, so his ability to relate to the Flagstons comes quite naturally!
Hiram Flagston Hiram Flagston is the happy husband of a beautiful wife and the proud father of four lovely children. He works as the district sales manager for Foofram Industries, pays his taxes, mows his lawn and loves to play golf. He is a decent and likable guy who anyone would be glad to call a friend. Lois Flagston Lois Flagston started out as a classic baby-boomer mom: In , she took a job as a real estate agent, creating many new challenges in her life.
Chip Flagston Chip Flagston is the only character in the cast who has aged slightly over the years. He will never know the joys of paying income taxes, commuting to work or having his car repaired. He will, however, keep learning about the mysteries of the opposite sex, the hypocrisies of the older generation and the inevitability of homework.
One thing is for sure, Chip will never get around to cleaning up his room. He is probably afraid of what he might find after five decades of accumulation.
Ditto Flagston Ditto Flagston, who is seven years old, has discovered more ways of getting in trouble than his mother can shake her finger at. He broke a window with his first home run and took a bath with his cowboy suit on.
He imitates everything his father does and has an insatiable appetite for cookies. He is a kid who maintains that sense of fun most of us lost with our childhood. Dot Flagston Dot Flagston is more precocious than Ditto and believes in her inalienable right to boss her twin brother around. She is a know-it-all and a tattletale with a generous dose of sugar and spice thrown in. In more recent years, she has added a feminist point of view to her pushy personality.
Trixie Flagston Trixie Flagston is cute and cuddly but has also developed a capacity for cynicism and over confidence. She keeps a running commentary on family life inside her thought balloons and looks at the world through the window of the Flagstons' home.
She loves to feel the warmth of her friend, Sunbeam, and snuggle up with Dawg to take a nap. Supporting cast A number of supporting players have also become regulars in Hi and Lois.
Dawg, the fun-loving family pet, does his best to add to the general chaos. Jerry plays drums and Sid plays keyboards, along with Chip on guitar, in a noisy garage band. Foofram, is the quintessential small man in a big job with lots of power but not very much wattage.
Strivemore, a yuppie across the street, and Mr. Wavering, a charming old codger from down the block, make occasional appearances.