Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00
Farmingdale State College’s Department of Visual Communications: Art and Graphic Design pays tribute to the long-running comic strip The Lockhorns. Fans can see original artwork and panels in Memorial Gallery in Sinclair Hall, at the exhibit on display now through November 5, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for all.
Bunny Hoest, world famous cartoonist and widow of Lockhorns’ creator Bill Hoest, kicked off the exhibit at the artist’s reception on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Gleeson Hall.
Each day, millions of comics fans can’t help but see a little bit of themselves or someone they know in Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn. The award-winning Lockhorns panel spoofs marital bliss, poking fun at both partners’ foibles while amusing worldwide audiences. Their snappy repartee and witty banter has made them a classic and perennial favorite.
The bickering couple’s daily bouts began in 1968, as the Lockhorns of Levittown with the comic collaboration of prolific cartoonist Bill Hoest and his wife, Bunny. Hoest also produced Laugh Parade and Howard Huge for Parade Magazine, and the newspaper comics Agatha Crumm and What A Guy!
Since the passing of her husband in 1988, Bunny Hoest, known as the “cartoon lady,” has made sure that the laughs live on with the help of her assistant, artist John Reiner, who was awarded 1995’s “Best Gag Cartoonist” by the National Cartoonist’s Society for his work in Parade Magazine.
Bunny Hoest enjoys a far-reaching audience with nearly 200 million weekly readers. Patrons can hear Bunny Hoest’s lecture on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Gleeson Hall. Collaborative artist John Reiner will give a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. at Ward Hall, both on the campus of Farmingdale State College.