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My Favorite Comic Strip Character ~ Ziggy

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Ziggyisms

ZIGGY 

Adorably Odd Fellow 

Animation is a wonderful art – an animator can take an odd little fellow and make him into an adorable and popular character.  Such is the case with Ziggy, the friendly little guy with the quintessential dark cloud constantly hovering over his head. This lovable little cartoon character always seems to have the worst luck and lives each day as if it were Friday the 13th.  But no matter how bad times may get, Ziggy always seems to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  His "glass half full" outlook is refreshingly appealing, not to mention inspiring. 

Ziggy Rumor in His Own Time
The character of Ziggy was created by the late Tom Wilson, although Wilson said he did not create Ziggy but claimed instead, "I simply acknowledged him."[2435] Born out of Wilson's childhood memories, he once said "I think in our own heads we're never all that confident. I'm not."[2435] Wilson drew the comic strip from 1971 to 1987, when his son (Tom Wilson, Jr.) took over the comic strip.[2436] Wilson, Jr. described the character of Ziggy as "reflecting childhood innocence." The comics were originally printed in about 15 newspapers, but over the years the popularity of Ziggy grew, and the comic strip has been syndicated in over 500 newspapers.  

Emotionally Invested 

Ziggy 40 Years
Wilson was once asked by a group of teenage girls why Ziggy did not have a girlfriend. His reply, although surprising was ingenious, he cleverly said to the young girls "His girlfriend is you!"[2435] What Wilson was doing was making these girls, and the rest of the public, emotionally invested in his character. Once people develop an emotional bond with someone or something, the odds are quite high they will be longtime fans. 

I can definitely relate because I fell in love with the odd little fellow when I was a teenager and my fondness for the character has never weaned. Although my initial attraction was borne out of pity (the lovable little lug could never catch a break), my longtime love for him is a result of the valuable lessons I learned. No matter what the circumstance, Ziggy always finds the positive in a negative. Also, no matter how rude people are, he will never stoop to their level.  In a "ME, ME, ME!" self-centered world, Ziggy's humility is refreshing. 

A Friend in Need 

Ziggy 2007 Calendar
Anyone who is acquainted with Ziggy knows that "Man's best friend" is also his best friend. His small white dog Fuzz is by his side through thick and thin, he also resembles Ziggy in an odd sort of way. In addition, Ziggy must be an animal lover because he is surrounded by a cat named Sid, who happens to be afraid of mice; a fish named Goldie; a parrot and even a duck. These friends are not always nice to Ziggy and at times can take advantage of his kindness. 

Ziggy is also a friend to those in need. In 2002 he was named the official "Spokes-Character" for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an organization dedicated to help fund research for the advancement of treatment and the cure for blood cancers. In a statement, Wilson declared "We specifically approached The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society because we wanted to make sure that Ziggy was in the hands of a caring organization that exemplified the same positive attitude, optimism, caring, compassion and hope that Ziggy exudes too."[2438]  

Character Matters 

Ziggy Character Matters
Ziggy is the character with character and it matters! With a mission to "develop world-class character solutions," Wilson founded "Character Matters." The company "develops world-class character solutions" in order to enhance a business brand, service and product marketing strategy.[2437] 

Character Matters touts over 100 years of "combined experience creating, developing, and licensing some of the greatest internationally recognized characters of all time . . . ." Ziggy is at the top of the list of characters that companies can link to their products or services.[2437] 

 

Celebrated Celeb

Ziggy has been around for over forty years and he’s been mentioned in such p

Ziggy's Gift
opular shows as Seinfeld, Cheers, 30 Rock, The Simpsons, and Family Guy. 

 In 1982 Ziggy starred in the animated Christmas program "Ziggy's Gift." In it he tries to help the less fortunate by taking a job as a Santa. Although several of the other Santa impersonators are dishonest, Ziggy continues to take the high road and does not compromise his integrity. The cartoon special won an Emmy Award for Best Animated Program, and you can see a clip on YouTube or get your very own copy on DVD at the "I Love Ziggy" A-Store on Amazon .  You can also read about it in the book, Ziggy's Gift, by Tom Wilson.

Ziggy's Gift

Part 1 from YouTube

 

Ziggy Books and Merchandise

Ziggy - See You in The Funny Papers
There have been several books written about Ziggy and his adventures. Wilson's collection includes "Ziggyisms: Notable Quotes of Wisdom for Everyday Living," "Ziggy : A Rumor in His Own Time," "The First 25 Years Are the Hardest!: A 25 Year Retrospective of Ziggy Favorites," "A Little Character Goes a Long Way: A 35-Year Collection of Ziggy Favorites," "Ziggy Comes Up Short: The Iconic Ziggy in His Newest Comic Collection," and many others. 

You can also spend the Year with Ziggy by purchasing one of his calendars. Empathize with him month after month as he deals with various situations. But, no matter what Ziggy encounters, chances are it will make you laugh, giggle, or at least bring a smile to your face. 

Ziggy merchandise gained popularity during the 1980s and 90s, and was sold in several shops. Nowadays, items are a bit more difficult to find but you can find a great deal of Ziggy merchandise, books, calendars, and the DVD Ziggy's Gift at the "I Love Ziggy" A-Store on Amazon. 

Ziggy Collectibles 

Ziggys
If you've been a Ziggy fan for a long period of time, chances are you probably have a few Ziggy items in your closet. Some of these items may be collectibles and you can find out in the book "Unauthorized Guide to Ziggy Collectibles." 

 Lovable Little Guy with the Worst Luck 

Millions fell in love with Ziggy, the odd little fellow who always seems to choose the short end of the stick. Even his name, said Wilson, was given to him because it put him last alphabetically. This played out in one of Wilson's comic strips where Ziggy is standing on a rooftop during a flood, watching a rescue boat picking-up people alphabetically. While these comics are funny, we can all learn a lesson from this lovable little guy with the great big heart. When life hands you lemons, thank God for the lesson learned and the free fruit! Ziggy – he's my favorite comic strip character.

 

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Comments

Feb 15, 2012 10:45am
Buffy10
I LOVE THIS! Awesome article on Ziggy, he is sooooo cute. Thanks for writing an excellent article with so much interesting information and fun pictures. I learned so much about that cute little comic strip character, Ziggy! Thank you!!
Feb 17, 2012 11:33am
Introspective
Thanks Buffy!!
Feb 17, 2012 5:10pm
ZiggyD
I approve of this article. ;)
Feb 17, 2012 6:11pm
Introspective
Thanks ZiggyD...Love that name!!
Feb 17, 2012 11:12pm
KatrinaMGorman
Wow, I had no idea about the extensive background of Ziggy. This is a great article! I thought it was really interesting how Tom Wilson created "Character Matters".
Feb 18, 2012 1:16pm
Introspective
Thanks Katrina; yes, I've loved Ziggy for several years and just recently learned of all the great things that Tom Wilson was involved with. I appreciate the comment!
Feb 22, 2012 7:28pm
divaonline
I was also a Ziggy Groupie! However, I didn't know half the things I read about here. Your writing style reflects your love for this little guy. Thanks for a fun, warm and fuzzy, truly "introspective" article!
Feb 23, 2012 11:00am
Introspective
Ziggy is my favorite comic strip character, and you are my favorite Diva! Thanks so much "G."
Feb 27, 2012 3:52pm
Lynsuz
Who could not love some ziggy. He's so cute, great article.
Feb 27, 2012 7:44pm
Introspective
I agree! Thanks Lynsuz!!
Feb 29, 2012 11:13pm
Deborah-Diane
Thanks for the charming reminder of all the reasons I love Ziggy! Well worth a Tweet!
Mar 13, 2012 5:24pm
Introspective
Thanks so much Deb! He is adorable, isn't he? (Also, thank you for the tweet.)
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Bibliography

  1. "Tom Wilson Cartoonist Behind Ziggy Dies at 80." New York Times. 14/02/2012 <Web >
  2. "Ziggy's Gift How the Artistic Son Treasures His Father's Creative Inheritance." Washington Post. 14/02/2012 <Web >
  3. "Character Matters." Character Matters. 14/02/2012 <Web >
  4. "Ziggy Named Official Spokes-Character for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.." The Free Library. 14/02/2012 <Web >

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