MOUNT VERNON — Beginning Monday, the comic page of the Mount Vernon News will be home to Red and Rover, the adventures of a 10-year-old boy and his dog.
“We really liked this comic strip and the messages and lessons it sends,” said Kay Culbertson, publisher of the News.
Red, or Russell to his mother, dreams of space exploration and enjoys a special friendship with his dog, Rover, who saved him from being hit by a truck. The two have been inseparable ever since.
Their unique bond goes even further as, oddly enough, the duo understands what the other is thinking, which can lead to exciting adventures and mischief.
Set in the late 1960s, Red and Rover takes us back to a simpler time when the Rolling Stones were rockin’ and rollin’, when space travel was in its infancy and the world was more peaceful.
Brian Bessett, creator of Red and Rover, attended The Ohio State University where he was the political cartoonist for The Lantern. After three years, Bessett left for the Seattle Times where he served as one of the youngest political cartoonists in the nation.
In addition to his political cartoons, Bessett created Adam@home, a comic strip that was syndicated by Uclick Universal. In 2000, Red and Rover was born.
“We are happy to provide a comic strip with family appeal that can be enjoyed by every age, every gender and every generation,” said Culbertson.
Red and Rover will replace Cathy which has stopped syndication.