Official Pickles Comic Strip Website
Here is where you can learn about each of the members of the strip. Maybe you are like one of them (or know someone who is!) and want to get to know them better.
I am a Health and Aging, student writing a research paper regarding the portrayal of seniors in comic strips. Your comic strip among two others will be the data that i will be analyzing. I am writing to request
access to your comic strips of BEN for 2008. I will be looking at 2008,2009, 2010. The archives on your website have only one month of 2010 available.
I understand that you may be really busy, but i really do hope that we can connect as i am very excited about the contributions that your work will bring to what i am working on.
Thank you for your time and attention to this email.
Dear Mr. Crane,
Hello!! I have been enjoying your comic strip for decades. I just love it. So very clever!!
I was just wondering if there is any way that I could receive a signed picture of you through the mail? It would really mean a lot to me. I am a huge Pickles fan, and I would cherish it forever. Thanks so much for your time and all of your creativity throughout the years.
636 E. Wisconsin Ave
Pewaukee, WI. 53072
What happened to Dan? Is Sylvia divorced again?
I love this cartoon. I wish I could get a daily calendar. It is so me and my husband of 25 years this year.
My hubby always says “I will do it tomorrow.”
So when I bought him a new wedding band after 23 years. I was asked what do you want engraved in it I said “I’ll do it tomorrow”. The jewelry said I need to know now. When I told him that is what I wanted engraved he laughed and it was ready for pick up 5 days later.
I absolutely love your comic strip. I see so much of my wife and I in Opal and Earl…and we are only in our 40’s!!!
I love Muffin. We also have a cat who thinks she is superior to my husband and me. We are retired and in our seventies. These strips hit their mark every day! Love them!
I love your comic strip. It is funny every single day. The expressions on the faces are priceless. You are a very talented writer/artist. Thank you for the joy you give so many.
I’d like to know how the heck you peek in my windows here in Sycamore, Il!! And have you bought any napkins and paper plates recently?! I can stretch a napkins use quite nicely by tucking under my placemat, thank you very much. Love your comic strip but it does hit a little close to home sometimes. Keep up the funny work! -Lizz
I think Pickles is the funniest comic published!!! The older I get the more it is so like my life or the people that I know. My Daughter lives in another state and we call each other almost every morning to make sure the other one does not miss a Pickles comic that really touches close to our lives.Mornings would be so dull without Pickles with our first cup of coffee.
Only comic that I like. This couple is the way I remember couples were when I was growing up. I love it. Just wish I could get it everyday in my email. Edi
Earl is my hero and someone I’d like to emulate. Currently, I’m merely a Master Cynic, but if I really apply myself and set my goals high, I can achieve that most coveted of levels: Curmudgeon.
I love Pickles, and read it every day. Brian Crane has a great insight into ordinary people and situations and sees the humor of it all.
The older I get (approaching Earl’s age) the more I appreciate the humor in the strip. Earl and Clyde are truly like my buddies at the diner, but Opal has the best lines.
First thing I turn to when I get the Chicago Tribune every morning….
I can’t tell you how much we enjoy this comic strip. We see ourselves so many times. The one that really hit home was the “antiques watching antiques roadshow. Would love to have a larger copy printed somewhere so I could download it and frame it. My husband and I laughed so hard at that one because of all of them, we really didn’t see ourselves that way. Thanks for a daily chuckle. Kathy and Norm Davis
Harvey, ND 58341
We really enjoy the comic strip; keep up the good work!
I love it when “My Human” reads PICKLES
especially when Muffin is involved,she looks
at me like I’m taking cues from Her, Keep Those Treats Coming!
Ever since the Ventura County Star has Pickles on it’s comic page i have found it to be a great source of humor for me and wife who are both in our 70 [75+] keep up the great insite to grandparents and their offspring
Hi Mr,Crane my name is Matthew I enjoy reading your comics every time I can.They make me laugh every time I read them no matter how many times I reread them over andover. I would like to as my profession be a cartoonist.I like cartoons because I enjoy making people laugh and most of all seeing people laugh.I was wondering when you started making cartoons and why you decided to do it.Thank you for your time I hope to hear back soon,
I just had a funny thing happen. If you want to use it, go ahead. But,it may too risque.
I get comfortable after church. An hour ago, my husband said, “Let’s take the dog for a walk”.
Me: “Wait a minute. I have to decide whether or not to put on a bra.”
Bill: “There’s a third choice.”
Me: “What’s that?”
Bill: “I could carry for you in case you need it.”
I just love your comic strip! How old are Earl and Pearl supposed to be? And Sylvia? My best friend and I think Earl and Opal are about our ages-63 and 65. Thanks! I read Pickles in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
I am writing a book about chocolate and would like to include your comic strip – the one where Earl gives Opal a piece of chocolate. Nelson asks if it’s medicine, but Earl says he’s been instructed to administer it when she gets to feeling down in the dumps. I am crediting you as the author of the strip. Please let me know if I have your permission. Thanks!
I think that “Pickles” does for older folks, what “Peanuts” did for kids. Your strip is destined to become a true American classic. Keep up the great work!
Thank you for your comic strip. It warms my heart and makes me burst out in riotious laughter. You were given a wonderful talent to make people soooooo happy! Thanks.
Great strip with unique premise that old people are interesting.
Any Information on Earl’s career before retirement?
I’m working on something relating to men with standard successful careers
and the decline in stature and Competence in retirement.
I hope he wasn’t just another Dagwood.
Thanks for your comment. No, I have never provided a back story about Earl’s career before retirement.
Thank you so much for a very funny, true-to-life comic strip! My wife and I love it–it’s my favorite. We’re in our late 60’s and see a lot of it in our lives–especially when Earl has to take Opal to the fabric store (I feel exactly the way he does), and in Earl’s relationship to his grandson. I haven’t been following it for too long so am going back to prior years and catching up. The only question I have is why Muffin is not drawn quite true-to-life like the others?
I can’t find the comics themselves in the archives….. just the comments. I saw the commic for the first time while visiting IL… I’m going to ask our paper to get it too!
Thank you for this highly entertaining comic strip. I look forward to reading it daily. Many years ago you published a comic strip where Earl explains to Brian what the technical name is for a dog lover and (his term)for a cat lover. At the time, I cut the strip out of the newspaper, but it is now falling apart and would love to find it again. Is it in one of the published collections of Pickles comic strips or can I find it online somewhere? Thanks so much!
I wish I could help, Marje, but I don’t remember that strip, and it would take me forever to search through my archives looking for it.
My wife and I love “Pickles” and continually feel you are looking over our back fence and writing about the events at our place. We are 70-ish and have a five year old great grandson, who we keep every week day before and after school. This past week his caged drone went on the roof and got caught on the gutter. I got out the ladder and started to go up and get it, but he was right there so I said, “I,ll hold the ladder and you go up and get it.” He was thrilled and again, I’m looking over my shoulder as I read your episodes. Not to kibbitz, but the same caged drone needed some repair and I was using Super Glue. As usual he asked what it was and instead of trying to tell him I put some on his finger and told him to touch his thumb and count to ten. He did and– no questions; he knows all about it now.
My small dog has short hair except for her curved tail and the hair below her tail. As she walks ahead on a leash I can’t help thinking about Earl’s mustache. Yep, the hair below her tail looks just like the hair below Earl’s nose. I could just see Earl walking to the park with Clyde(or Nelson)and Roscoe on a leash and a mustache-like hairdo below his tail. Then Clyde says something like “you know it seems to true what I’ve heard after awhile dogs and their owners begin to look alike”. I’m in my 70s and “Pickles” is my favorite comic strip.
Brian, I hope you somehow see this. I could not help but laugh and laugh at your depiction of Opal and Earl fussing over the vcr/bvd player while Nelson says he wants to study dinosaurs. It was so classic. I cut it out and put it on our frig. Best laugh I had in a loooong while. Thanks so much and keep it up.
Thanks, Mike. I appreciate that.
SO who is Dan?……Sylvia’s ex…or her boyfriend..just read strip today..June 21st 2014…..????? Dennis Hughes
I get asked this question quite often. Dan is Sylvia’s 2nd husband. He is a wildlife photographer and is usually off somewhere taking pictures. I created Dan many years ago for one reason; to get my then editor to stop pressuring me to do dating strips about Sylvia. I basically married her off so I would have an excuse not to do dating strips to please that editor. After that I had very little use for Dan. And that editor is gone too. That is while you will see him or hear him referred to only rarely.
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I LOVE your cartoon. Look forward to it EVERYDAY. I relate, I laugh, and I hope you NEVER stop making “Pickles”!!!
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I so enjoy your great,comical,real life cartoon.Some years ago you published one I would love to see again.It was about people’s clothes being covered with cat hair and the humorous events following.It kept me laughing a long time and still does.I would enjoy seeing it again so I could share it with others.One person had a problem with her sweater being covered with hair.You are certainly a person to create laughter.
As a former medical professional, I’m amazed that only Roscoe has pupils in his eyes!
Please settle a question my wife and I have. Nelson’s mother Sylvia shows up in the strip very infrequently. And Nelson spends most of his time with Opal and Earl. I have mentioned to my wife that Sylvia must be a single parent who is in rehab and only visits her parents and son when she is on furlough from the rehab facility. Is their any truth to this?
No, Sylvia is not in rehab. She and her husband Dan, Nelson’s step-father, live next door to Earl and Opal. Dan is a free-lance wildlife photographer who is often away on assignments. I don’t write Sylvia and Dan into the strip very often because I am more interested and inspired by the relationship between Nelson and his grandparents.
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