Someone brought in the Detroit Free Press every day into the studio for breaks in the back room. Towards the end of the day after the paper had been thoroughly read by nearly everyone in the studio (and sections strewn all over the back room), I’d go through the paper looking for my favorite comics with an Olfa cutter. This is before the time where cartoonist would publish books of their cartoons. My favorites were Calvin & Hobbs, Bloom County, The Far Side, McNelly’s political satire, and Guindon’s Detroit.
Guindon’s Detroit was a single-panel cartoon that used satire and a minimalist style to call attention to things in our society that when taken to an extreme became painfully and obviously ridiculous and hilarious at the same time. I recently looked through my files and found quite a few that I’d saved.
Richard “Dick” Gordon Guindon (1935–2022) is an American cartoonist best known for his gag panel, Guindon. Guindon’s cartoons have appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune, The Realist, and the Detroit Free Press. He retired in 2005.