I learned yesterday that Johnny Hart, the author of the B.C. Comic Strip, died on the weekend at his drafting table, of a stroke at age 76. I have a number of favorites among his many cartoons, but a stand-out one for me is the one where a character visits the dictionary and looks up “manger,” which was defined as “a feeding trough large enough to hold the bread of life.”

As a kind of tribute, I’ve abbreviated his January 14, 2007 strip:

B.C. Comic Strip

You chose well, Johnny. Farewell, we’ll miss you.

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