freelance editorial cartoonist and comic strip creator Steve Nease
is a staple in Metroland community newspapers around Ontario, including
The Brampton Guardian
. Steve has
displayed his original cartoon artwork at Artway Gallery, annually,
“I got into cartooning by sheer accident,” Steve Nease said back
in 1999. “I’d graduated from university and was desperately looking
for a jobany kind of job.”
One of his first jobs was a freelance photographer for The
Vaughan Courier. But, in 1978, Steve Nease was hired by The
Oakville Journal Record, which later merged with The Oakville
Beaver, as a staff artist and art director. Since late-2008,
Steve has worked on his editorials and comic strips on a freelance
Remarkably, Steve is mostly self taught. “In school, I didn’t
find art classes too stimulating.” he said.
His work hangs on the walls of Don Cherry, ex-Prime Minister
Paul Martin, and ex-Premier Mike Harris.
About the Pud
In 1984, Steve Nease did an editorial cartoon about how children
flock to advertisements. The editorial was illustrated in two
panels, and received great response from readers and newspaper
He decided to do up some more samples, basing the character on
his family, with some creative license applied. Said Nease: "Like
a writer, an artist should draw about what he knows. Ideas and
inspiration were all around me."
He showed these samples to the editor, who decided he could use
extra content to fill up the space on the editorial page. The
strips been going strong since. The strip runs in many papers
within the Metroland chain, monthly in City Parent Toronto,
weekly in the Saturday Globe and Mail, and the Middlesex
Banner near London.
characters are himself, his wife, the family dog, and sons Max,
Ben (Pud), Sam, and Robert.
Where'd he get the name "Pud" from? As a kid, Steve
loved the Lionel Barrymore movie On Borrowed Time. When
he had a child named Ben, he started calling him "Pud",
after the child in the film.
At the time the strip started Fleer had stopped putting their
"Fleer Funnies starring Pud" strip in the Dubble Bubble
gum packages. He decided he could safely name the strip after
this character, without confusion. Four years later, unfortunately,
the comics in the gum packages restarted. He says hes considered
renaming the strip, and has a title that hes batted around
in his mind, but hes just never got around to it.
Steve Nease draws from Pud, who was hanging out in his studio
in 2008 for Laughlines publicity photos.
Artists listed on the Visual Arts Brampton site
can be contacted through the group's studio.
Phone 905-453-9142, or email
and we'll pass the message on.