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Meet the Cartoonist: Roy Delgado

“Get Washboard Abs!”

Get Washboard Abs

"Get Washboard Abs!" Mar/Apr 2000

This cartoon illustrating the generation gap is a favorite of mine. It makes me think: Of course gramps wouldn’t know the word “abs.” And what kid these days would know what a washboard was?

After graduating from Tucson High School, Roy attended The Billy Hon Cartoon School in Los Angeles. (Now you know—there IS such a thing as cartoon school.) He took a Greyhound bus from Tucson: “I was on my way to become a magazine cartoonist and nothing was going to stop me.” Roy sold his first cartoon to a farm trade journal for four dollars.

“That was a very interesting cell phone conversation. Thanks for sharing it with me.”

That was a very interesting cell phone conversation. Thanks for sharing it with me.

"That was a very interesting cell phone conversation. Thanks for sharing it with me." May/June 2011

A reader recently commented that a good cartoonist shows just what you are thinking. This is a prime example of just that.

“Warning. Reading all this information about the medicine may cause drowsiness.”

Warning. Reading all this information about the medicine may cause drowsiness.  Jul/Aug 2011

"Warning. Reading all this information about the medicine may cause drowsiness." Jul/Aug 2011

Here’s a side effect not mentioned in the data. This is one of three Roy Delgado cartoons in the latest issue of The Saturday Evening Post, a feat that has to be the envy of the many cartoonists who would kill for just one. Product details these days—TDMI (too darned much information).

“I’ve just accessed your school records. You have a lot of nerve complaining about my grades.”

I’ve just accessed your school records. You have a lot of nerve complaining about my grades.

"I’ve just accessed your school records. You have a lot of nerve complaining about my grades." July/Aug 2008

Kids today—too smart (even if their grades don’t reflect it). This is another great example of generational differences.

“Look, if this is to be an amicable divorce, one of you will have to back down and take custody of the children.”

Look, if this is to be an amicable divorce, one of you will have to back down and take custody of the children

"Look, if this is to be an amicable divorce, one of you will have to back down and take custody of the children." Jan/Feb 2008


Love the custody battle twist in this one!

“This one comes with its own garage sale sign.”

This one comes with its own garage sale sign

"This one comes with its own garage sale sign." Jan/Feb 2008

Good point—why doesn’t exercise equipment just come with garage sale signs? In addition to frequent appearances in The Saturday Evening Post, Delgado’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, and many, many other publications.

“Your R.S.V.P. for the Turkeyfest just came in.”

Your R.S.V.P. for the Turkeyfest just came in.

"Your R.S.V.P. for the Turkeyfest just came in." Nov/Dec 2010

That’s one way to return an R.S.V.P.! Roy is drawing cartoons full time (luckily for us) in his mountaintop home and studio with his lovely wife and three cats. Continue reading The Saturday Evening Post for some of the country’s best cartoonists.

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  • Speedy Zawistowski

    Hi Roy:
    Enjoyed looking at these cartoons, have a good weekend.
    Speedy//Rollie

  • Frank Bruno

    Roy continues to make us laugh, sometimes at ourselves. I am happy to say I know Roy and look for his interesting view on things. These are all VERY creative and funny but the product information cartoon (TDMI) is a real hoot.

  • Charles Neumann

    I really enjoy his cartoons in the Post. The cell phone cartoon was great, but they all were. Look forward to many future cartoons from Mr. Delgado.

  • Frank James Davis

    Still smiling, Diana. Most appreciate Delgado’s offering in which the exercise machine comes with its own garage sale sign–a keen perception, cleverly stated and comically portrayed. The majority of these expensive contraptions probably receive less than three months use.