|ABOUT JAY KENNEDY
joined King Features Syndicate in 1988 as deputy comics editor
and became comics editor one year later. He was named editor
in chief in 1997.
From 1983 to 1988, Kennedy served as cartoon editor of Esquire
magazine, also owned by Hearst Corporation. At the same time,
he served as a humor book agent as well as a cartoon consultant
and editor for magazines and publishers, including People
and Whittle Communications. In addition, he was guest editor
in 1985 for the "European Humor" issue released by
the National Lampoon.
Kennedy wrote articles about the history of cartooning,
and profiled cartoonists and contemporary comics for magazines
including New Age Journal, Heavy Metal, New York, The IGA Journal,
and Escape, an English bi-monthly. He was also the author of
"The Underground Comix Guide" (1982).
Kennedy's interest in comics was worldwide and lifelong.
Before graduating with a sociology degree from the University
of Wisconsin at Madison, Kennedy studied sculpting and conceptual
art at The School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Kennedy once explained that he chose a life in cartooning
because "in the fine arts, artists generally comment on
the world only obliquely; and sadly, only those people who have
the leisure to study art history can fully appreciate their comments.
By contrast, cartoons are an art form accessible to all people.
They can simply laugh at the jokes or look beyond them to see
the artist's view of the world. Cartoons are multi-leveled art
accessible to everyone at whatever level they choose to enjoy."
In keeping with that philosophy, Kennedy made a bequest
of his vast personal collection of underground comics to The
Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library, the preeminent
library of comics and cartoon art in the country.