Roy Doty (born 1922) is an American cartoonist, artist and illustrator. He has created humorous cartoon illustrations for books, packaging, advertising, comic strips, television and not-for-profit organization campaigns. He is 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 has 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 and Martin's Laugh-In.
His "Wordless Workshop", a popular home improvement series, ran as a syndicated feature for 50 years; it currently runs in Family Handyman magazine, and his work can be seen as part of the "Aha! Puzzle This" page in Make magazine. He has been published in The New York Times, Field & Stream, Popular Science, the London Daily Mail, Elle and many other magazines. He does several monthly newsletters, including a children's newsletter for the American Institute for Cancer Research. Some of his ad clients include Buick, Black & Decker, Ford, Macy's, Minute Maid, Mobil Oil, Texas Instruments and Perrier.
Now in his nineties, he remains 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 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 co-incidentally, Doty grew up.
- National Cartoonists Society Awards
- Jones, Dee. "Jean Slaugher Doty Fonds (bio)". de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- Roy Doty Papers Syracuse University, 9 Oct 2007, Retrieved 9/1/2010
- "Roy Doty: Inspired Lines". Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Reading Room Gallery. Ohio State University. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- CTVA entry Du Mont Television Network
- Mickenberg and Philip Nel (editors), Julia L. (2008). Tales for little rebels: a collection of radical children's literature. New York: NYU Press. p. 88.
- "Roy Doty: Now This Is What We Call a Career". IMAGE Magazine (CCAD). November 14, 2011.
- Roy Doty official site
- Roy Doty at lambiek.net
- "Roy Doty: Cartooning into a New Century", Alliance for Aging Research
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