Famed New Yorker cartoonist Charles Barsotti has passed away at age 80. He was 80. Barsotti had been suffering from brain cancer since last year, and he died quietly at home yesterday.

With his extreme simple line style, and talking and thinking dogs, Barsotti was most often compared to James Thurber, and his whimsical humor was firmly in that vein. Panhandlers, kings, harried businessmen…all the icons of New Yorker humor got memorable treatment in Barsotti’s work.

In 2007 a collection of his dog cartoons was published called They Moved my Bowl.



  1. Very sad.

    I met Charlie when I worked at LATS, and we syndicated a strip by him.

    He gave me a terrific “Sally Bananas” strip, a prized possession.

    I loved his work.

  2. Lee is right.

    I was the comics editor at LATS when we syndicated Charlie. He was a terrific guy and a terrific cartoonist. I feel honored to have known him.

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