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Brady, Pat > Comic Strip Art > Brady, Pat
Pat Brady (born October 12, 1947 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Rose Is Rose, syndicated by United Feature Syndicate since 1983. Brady was described by Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis as "the nicest guy in cartooning".

Brady started cartooning at the tender age of five, drawing cartoons during Roman Catholic mass. He was nicknamed "Pasquale" by the priest. Brady graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1969. He won the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year for 2004. Prior to Rose Is Rose, Brady created a comic strip named Dreamer, but it was rejected by every publisher who saw it.

Rose is Rose is unusual, especially in modern comic strips, in that it has a generally positive and cheerful outlook on life and deals heavily with the emotional states of its characters, especially Rose and Pasquale. Rose and sometimes Jimbo are drawn as little children to emphasize "inner child" experiences. Rose is sometimes shown leaning against her "let it be" tree when dealing with heavy burdens. The strip also features highly daring "camera angles" and perspectives, often giving the illusion through frames of real motion.

Like Calvin and Hobbes, the strip often shows an alternate point of view based on the characters' fantasies. Rose often sees herself as a biker chick when faced with a conflict between selfish desire and social obligations, or when confronted with challenges to her usually mild-mannered personality. On the rare occasions when she and Jimbo are fighting, she usually sees herself locked away as a prisoner in a "dungeon of resentment." Jimbo, who would like his wife to gain weight, sometimes fantasizes about her being plump and round-faced. Pasquale's "dream ship" sequences get much play, as does his relationship with his beloved guardian angel or the bathtub's dreaded drain monster. Even Peekaboo has elaborate fantasies.

From the comic's debut in 1984 until the strip published on 9 August 1991, the character of Pasquale spoke only in a 'phonetic baby talk.' Since then, all of the characters except one have been portrayed as speaking coherent English. The comic is distributed by United Features Syndicate.

Pat Brady was nominated eight times for a Reuben Award by the National Cartoonists Society for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. He won the 2004 award in that category for the first time. The strip has also won the Religious Public Relations Council's Wilbur Award for Editorial Cartoon/Comic Strips. In February 2004 Pat Brady stopped drawing the strip - since then drawn by Don Wimmer.


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