|Name Roy Doty||Role Cartoonist|
|Died March 18, 2015, Dublin, Ohio, United States|
Roy Doty (September 10, 1922 – March 18, 2015) was an American cartoonist, artist and illustrator. He created humorous cartoon illustrations for books, packaging, advertising, comic strips, television and not-for-profit organization campaigns. He was one of only a dozen inductees in the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame. His former wife, Jean Slaughter Doty, (b. 1929) is the author of several children's books.
Life and career
Doty grew up in Columbus, Ohio, served in World War II as a cartoonist, and began his career as a New York City freelance cartoonist in 1946. He freelanced for his entire career, never having an agent. From May 10 to October 4, 1953, he hosted the Sunday morning DuMont Television Network children's program The Roy Doty Show. From 1969 to late March 1972, he wrote and drew the syndicated comic strip Laugh-In, based on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
His "Wordless Workshop", a popular home improvement series, ran as a syndicated feature for 50 years; its last run was in The Family Handyman magazine, and his work was seen as part of the "Aha! Puzzle This" page in Make magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Field & Stream, Popular Science, the (London) Daily Mail, Elle and many other magazines. He did several monthly newsletters, including a children's newsletter for the American Institute for Cancer Research. Some of his ad clients included Buick, Black & Decker, Ford, Macy's, Minute Maid, Mobil Oil, Texas Instruments and Perrier.
Into his nineties, he remained active as a freelance illustrator. Quoted in 2006, he said, "What could be nicer? I sit and draw funny pictures and people send me money." Doty died March 18, 2015.
Doty has illustrated more than 170 children's books and written 27. Noted titles include:
Doty was recognized for his work with the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Illustrator of the Year Award (2006), Advertising Award (1978), Advertising and Illustration Award (1967, 1970, 1978, 1989, 1996 and 2005), Commercial Award (1989) and Greeting Card Award (1994). In 2011, his work was featured in an exhibition at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio, where coincidentally, Doty grew up.