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.
"Scott Brown: Cartoonist.... is not just a fascinating biography of a mid twentieth century cartoonist deserving of wider acclaim, but it's also a heartfelt love letter to family and family history, a glimpse into the surprisingly vast world of Ohio cartooning tradition, and an exciting read full of everything from cats with gold teeth to weather-predicting turtles."
- Ben Towle, five-time Eisner-nominated cartoonist and Professor of Illustration at The Columbus College of Art and Design
“a huge sampling of Brown’s humor…. about the most entertaining family history one could imagine.”
-Alan Wigton, President, Richland County Historical Society
"A must-read for Brown descendants, and a great read for others who are not."
- Robert A. Carter, Ohio Historian and Author
".... perfect example of Americana."
- Frank Victor, MD
".... captures the essence of a bygone era."
- Major General Richard R Paul
From the Author:
I am Scott Brown's grandson, and the author of Scott Brown: Cartoonist. This hardback, full color book tells the story of my grandfather's life using over 130 brilliant 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 culmination of over three years of research, this book includes my childhood recollections of my grandfather and the Mansfield Soda Shop, and artifacts from my own collection.
Now, let's take a trip back to 1946; Mansfield, Ohio, on a warm summer afternoon. Whether you are young or old or somewhere in between, come on in out of the sun and cool yourself off with a tall frosty glass of "The largest, coldest, and best chocolate soda on Route 30 (including all detours)."
As my grandfather used to say;
"Try it, you might like it!!"
-Christopher A. Kuntz