Jeff Keane: The Family Business Circus

Jeff Keane – artist, humorist and the “man attached to the hand” that draws The Family Circus cartoon, which is carried in over 1400 newspapers and is the most widely syndicated comic panel in America.

Jeff – or Jeffy, as you may know him in the comics – started as a contributor to the newspaper strip at the age of two, when his father, legendary cartoonist Bil Keane, created the Family Circus and began observing and sharing Jeffy’s exploits as well as those of his mom, siblings and pets.

Now, some 56 years later, Jeff gets inspiration from his own kids as he continues his father’s legacy. Jeff started out just answering mail and compiling books but, through years of his father’s guidance, has taken over the feature and is responsible for all aspects of creating the daily cartoon (writing, penciling, inking, coloring).


Bil Keane memorialized in bronze tribute at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In 2007 Keane was elected President of the National Cartoonists Society. The NCS (founded in 1946) is recognized as the world’s premier organization of professional cartoonists. He was re-elected in 2009 (becoming only the fourth two-term president in the NCS’s history). Along with a group of his NCS colleagues, Keane has done numerous trips with the USO visiting our troops in hospitals and military bases throughout the world (including both Iraq and Afghanistan).


Jeff Keane shows the actual size of the Family Circus illustrations sent to press.

In this episode, we find out what it’s like to be a newspaper cartoonist in these modern, digital times, and discover Jeff Keane’s very special profit abilities.

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About Author: Nick Night
Nick Night is CEO and Co-Founder of Revizzit, the platform for Connected Online Learning products. After experiencing difficulties with piracy, unauthorized sharing, and ineffective digital distribution methods, Nick was inspired to build the platform that would finally allow creators and entrepreneurs to have a viable, flexible, and most importantly, profitable way to sell enhanced e-books, videos, e-courses and software. As a milestone toward that goal, Revizzit was recently named one of the top 100 companies in the digital content industry. Nick also consults on digital product strategies for many top business leaders, industry experts, and hall of fame speakers, and is the author of the book, Synced: Supercharge Your Business With The Power Of Connected Products. As a software developer and entrepreneur, Nick Night has created unique digital products for niche audiences, including his renowned BeatNik line of ukulele software products. Formerly, Nick was an executive in television animation and online games - and if you Google “Nicholas Night and Kinga”, you'll also discover that he was once a world famous magician, appearing with his wife, Kinga, on stage and television in over 30 countries.

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