• B.C. comic strip’s ‘Cute Chick’ and ‘Fat Broad’ are now ‘Grace’ and ‘Jane’ !

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Nineveh, NY – John Hart Studios Inc. announces the names Grace and Jane will replace ‘Cute Chick’ and ‘Fat Broad’ in their “B.C.” comic strip, effective immediately. “We work hard to keep the strip fresh and relevant for all fans and audiences,” says Perri Hart, the strip’s letterer and colorist. “And it just seems like the right time for ‘the girls’ to have names.”

    The Hart’s comic strip business, which includes perennial classics “B.C.” and “Wizard of Id,” is run by the daughters of the late Johnny Hart, Patti and Perri. “B.C.” is written and drawn by Hart’s grandsons, Mason Mastroianni and Mick Mastroianni.

    “Since my grandfather’s death, we’ve strived to be culturally inclusive and preserve the timeless appeal of the strip by focusing on universal human themes. We’re all in this together, and we want ‘B.C’ to connect with every audience,” says Mason, “B.C.” cartoonist. “By doing nothing, we’d perpetuate pejorative descriptions of these two important lead characters, and that’s not what we’re about.”

    “While we poke fun at everything, at its core the ‘B.C.’ comic strip is about respect and inclusivity,” adds Mick, “Wizard of Id” writer. “It’s a big tent where everyone should feel at home.”

    “B.C.” is in development to become a feature-length animated movie. Producer Kevin Richardson weighs into the conversation: “I join the Harts in giving this announcement two thumbs up. We look forward to giving Grace and Jane strong roles, and not detract from the fun characters and situations for which the strip is known.”

    “Our family has always had a deep desire to give these two women names,” adds Patti Hart. “It’s not about political correctness or to placate any social pressure, it’s simply something we’ve always wanted to do. Here’s to Grace and Jane!”

    “It’s about time!” exclaims Grace.

    “I can’t wait to officially introduce myself to the snake.” says Jane.

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    EDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like photographs, art or interviews from John Hart Studios:

    Contact Patti Hart: patti@johnhartstudios.com or call: +1-607-621-6034

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  • Remember that survey we had up?? If you happened upon it and filled one out for us, your name was put into a drawing for a chance to be one of 12 lucky winners of a “Clams Got Legs” B.C. print! Over 250 of you responded. (Thank you!) Watch as Mason and Mick announce the winners.

  • In November 2016, after years of putting it off, Mason finally started an artist page on Facebook.

    Mason says, “For whatever reason, I hadn’t thought much about having a social media presence; it seemed a bit redundant since we already have pages for B.C., Wizard of Id and Dogs of C-Kennel. Besides, I wasn’t sure if anyone would care to follow it; people who read newspapers today probably don’t spend a ton of time on social media. On top of that, I hadn’t exactly known how to use Facebook for anything other than goofy anecdotes and political rants – to be honest, I still kinda don’t.”

    Mason's Art!

    Some samples of art from Mason’s page.

    Despite his hesitation, Mason’s page has crossed 40,000 likes. He tried some ads and they helped. But mostly, it seems to be driven the old-fashioned way.

    “I post almost daily, mainly items related to the strips with interspersed behind-the-scenes type stuff, along with other art, writing, and (presumably) pithy witticisms. I throw in a strip itself from time to time, careful not to compete with our other public pages. It all seems to be working. At least, I think it is; I have no clue what sort of growth is considered ‘good.’ If the current rate continues, I’m likely to have over 100K followers by the end of the year. I have several friends who have millions so I’m not sure if this is a huge deal yet. I guess I’m excited to learn. The lesson: try new stuff. I guess. Or maybe the lesson is that social media is the future. Whatever. I’m just happy I’m able to do something on social media that doesn’t involve politics or kitten videos.”

    Check out Mason’s page!

     

  • NINEVEH, N.Y., April 27, 2017 — During the week of May 15, 2017, the internationally syndicated comic strip B.C. will honor April the giraffe, resident of the neighboring Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. The park became an international sensation as millions followed April’s pregnancy and subsequent birth of a male calf on its live “giraffe cam.”
    Mason Mastroianni, B.C. cartoonist, with co-author Mick Mastroianni, produced a weeklong series of strips scheduled to coincide with the May 13 opening of the park. The strips will be published in more than 1,000 papers domestically and overseas.
    Mason and Mick, grandsons of B.C. creator Johnny Hart, became acquainted with Jordan Patch, the Animal Adventure Park proprietor, upon discovering that they were neighbors. “We decided to honor this local event in keeping with the tradition, started by our grandfather, of supporting our community,” says Mason.
    The Hart family business includes daughter Perri, letterer and colorist, and daughter Patti, office manager. Bobby Hart, Johnny’s widow, continues to work tirelessly keeping them all in line.
    John Hart Studios produces two other daily comic strips, Wizard of Id and Dogs of C-Kennel. All three are distributed by Creators Syndicate.
    B.C., Wizard of Id and Dogs of C-Kennel can be followed on the websites http://www.johnhartstudios.com and http://www.gocomics.com. All three strips, along with exclusive work by Mason, can also be seen on Facebook.
    “Be sure to look for our ‘shoutout’ to April the giraffe, her new calf and our neighbor up the hill, Animal Adventure Park, in your local newspaper beginning on May 15.” — John Hart Studios