by Christopher A. Kuntz
Scott Brown was an Ohio cartoonist
who made a great chocolate soda.
Scott Brown published cartoons locally in the Mansfield News Journal and nationally in Colliers, the New Yorker, and the Saturday Evening Post. Mansfield residents still remember him fondly as the proprietor of Brown's Soda Shop, where generations of locals enjoyed his chocolate sodas, cartoons, weather predictions, and gag gifts. Much of his work is archived at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University, alongside the works of cartoonists such as Charles Schulz (Peanuts) and Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes). His work can also be found at the Richland County Historical Society, Richland County Museum, and Mansfield Memorial Museum.
I am Scott Brown's grandson, and the author of Scott Brown: Cartoonist. The book tells the story of my grandfather's life using over 130 brilliant full color renditions of his cartoons, early work, family pictures, artwork, and other memorabilia from museums, magazines, newspapers, and private collections. Many of the images in this book have never been seen by the public.
The book includes artifacts from my own collection, and my personal childhood recollections of him and the Mansfield Soda Shop.
-Christopher A. Kuntz
Review of Scott Brown, Cartoonist
by Alan Wigton
President of the Richland County Historical Society
Scott Brown was a Mansfield native son who came of age in the Great Depression. He flavored the lives of generations of Mansfielders with cartoons and humor from behind the soda fountain of the family’s drugstore on Helen Avenue. His work appeared in national magazines. But he also freely shared his humor about his neighbors and the interesting people around him, Mansfield people, with whoever walked through the shop door.
Brown had a love of history, the humorous side of history. His grandson Christopher Kuntz has brought it all together with a huge sampling of Brown’s illustrated humor alongside the history of his Ohio family.
When Scott Brown’s widow, Ann, prepared to move out of her home on Rae Avenue in Mansfield in 2002, she donated the cartoonist’s lifetime accumulation of artwork and related material to several local museums. This made it possible now, 20 years later, for Kuntz to deliver about the most entertaining family history one could imagine.
Kuntz took aim at understanding his Ohio ancestors in terms of the events and conditions that surrounded them. He conveys this from the time they came to the region after the War of 1812 up until his last memory of his grandfather in 1982. This parallels the lives of many of our pioneer families, told by someone who clearly sought and found his piece of Richland County history.
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