Solon, Ohio artist parodies Dr. Seuss in a new compilation of editorial cartoons
Now I know why Cleveland rocks. I recently discovered editorial cartoonist Ron Hill from Solon, Ohio who parodies Dr. Seuss in his new collection of editorial cartoons. His fourth book is cleverly titled, One Bird Two Birds Red Bird BluesBird from publisher Act 3. You will have to order this one online if you are not from the Cleveland area.
“One Bird Two Birds Red Bird BluesBird” features every editorial cartoon that Hill published last year, plus 26 pages of Hill’s verse and art parodying the work of Dr. Seuss.
Because you’re reading this. . . of course you survived! But 2021 was a challenge, right? A year marked by struggles, twists, and yes, that pesky old COVID matter. And even as the world remains a place that makes our heads spin, it’s time for all of us to spread our wings a bit.
Hill created BB BluesBird in 2004, as a newspaper comic strip feature. The plucky little avian with big dreams of taking the stage as a blues musician was shopped around to the remaining four or five comic syndicates, to no avail. BB began to appear in Hill’s paintings, personal comics and drawings. The bluesy bird’s journey was continued in a weekly webcomic scripted by legendary underground comic artist Gary Dumm that lasted for two years until life intervened and BB was put on the back burner.
Let’s celebrate Spring and the introduction of that special little bird that helps us keep up our spirits.
In January 2020, BB BluesBird made his reappearance in print when Hill began drawing him into every one of his editorial cartoons. True to form, in 2021 BB continued vocalizing his opinions on the pandemic, climate change, social justice, and local, regional and world politics.
Ron Hill is a cartoonist, illustrator, caricature artist, creative director, author, editor and educator. He creates weekly editorial cartoons for four award-winning Cleveland-area, weekly newspapers since 1999. In 2008, his work earned a Cleveland Press Club award for Best Editorial Cartoon in Ohio. He is a member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.