CHUBB AND CHAUNCEY
This cartoon strip about two dogs was created by editorial cartoonist Vance Rodewalt “as a relief from the political”. It first appeared as a daily strip September 12, 1988 and was syndicated by Tribune Media Services. In 1990, after a dispute with Tribune Rodewalt moved the strip to Toronto Star Syndicate. In July 1990, it was syndicated in fifty to sixty newspapers in Canada and Europe. With the beginning of 1992, it appears that Rodewalt took over syndication himself. It ended sometime between 2000 and 2002.
According to Rodewalt the inspiration for the strip came from the family’s “pampered dogs”. When the strip began, it focused on interaction between the dogs with Chauncey mostly taking the “straight” part and Chubb handling the gag part, but as the strip progressed it becomes apparent that Chubb took it over almost completely.
Vance Rodewalt to Robert MacMillan 4 July 1990, reply to questionnaire.
Toronto Star, 8 Feb. 1989: C13.
Toronto Star, 20 May 1989.
First Sunday cartoon distributed by Toronto Star Syndicate. Toronto Star, 9 June 1990.
At this point Rodewalt has taken over syndication. Toronto Star, 4 Jan. 1992.
Toronto Star, 12 Sept. 1999: B15.