Farewell, Six Chix

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Hello, friends, readers, and fellow cartoonists,
Today I have big news.

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Animation Made with Sketchbook Motion

After a great 16 year run, I’ve decided to resign from Six Chix.* I made the decision this past June, and as you may imagine, it was a difficult one to make—I really love doing single panel gags for Six Chix; it’s always been a unique feature. When it launched in 2000 with King Features, it was my first experience in the field of syndication, a sort of debut you might say, and since then I’ve grown so much as a cartoonist—and as a person.

It goes without saying that growth brings change, and for the past year or so, I’ve had a revision of career goals. You could say that my parting from Six Chix is the beginning of a new, and exciting time. While it’s too early to tell you of my upcoming project, I could tell you that I am not quitting Six Chix without good reason.

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Animation Made With Sketchbook Motion

Saying goodbye to a feature is weird. (It’s not as though I’m going anywhere. You can still see me in the funny papers with Tina’s Groove!) Yet I feel the need to say something pivotal about my resignation because Six Chix has been an impactful, important part of my life. It’s the feature that taught me the ropes in this funny business of syndicated comics. It’s the place where I refined my abilities in writing and drawing – allowing me to develop the sorts of skills that would later open doors. Six Chix is where I met Jay Kennedy, its creator. Jay Kennedy was my first syndicate editor, and the guy responsible for making Tina’s Groove happen. He was a wonderful man. It was through Jay that I met my now ex-husband, Brendan Burford. Another great King Features editor, and wonderful man. It was because of Jay and Brendan, and all my friends at King Features, and Torstar Syndicate, that my career meshed intimately with my personal life (I’ve long since stopped trying to disentangle the two).

And Six Chix was at the beginning of it all.

Now let me say something about the other five Chix. Anne, Benita, Isabella, Margaret, and Stephanie– and the ex-chix Carla Ventresca. These women are not only fellow contributors—they are my dear friends. How privileged I feel to have been part of their careers, and their lives. It’s not to them that I say goodbye, but I will miss seeing my work alongside theirs.

Okay, before I get all mushy-wushy (and you know that’s just not my style!), let me brighten up a bit here, and give you the scoop on my replacement.

This Wednesday September 28th you will see my final Six Chix cartoon. On the following Wednesday readers will be treated to the first Six Chix cartoon by my dear friend Susan Camilleri-Konar. What can I say about Susan? The two of us have the same sense of humor. We jam comics together over FaceTime (she lives in Vancouver, and I live in Toronto. Yes, she’s a fellow-Canuck!)

As for her work, you may have already seen Susan’s cartoons. Her gags run frequently in The Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Woman’s World, the Harvard Business Review, and more. She also does illustration. (Links below.)

In addition to that, you may remember Susan’s Guest Cartoonist spot on Hilary Price’s comic Rhymes With Orange. It was a great week.

Recently I spoke with Susan, and she told me how super excited she is to be on board Six Chix— really, she’s all over it, and ready to take over my spot. I want you all to give her a good welcome. Personally, I think there is no one more fit for the job, and I’m happy that my Wednesdays will be taken care of by a cartoonist that I believe in.

So that’s the scoop. Six Chix—the comic written and drawn by six women– is about to be injected with a fresh new voice. What do you think? For me, this transition away from Six Chix feels like the end of a chapter in my life, and the beginning of a thrilling new one. Funny, that’s how I had felt, so many years ago, at its launch.

It’s all good.

Links:
Susan Camilleri-Konar Website
Susan’s Rhymes With Orange Guest spot

*For those of you who are unfamiliar with Six Chix – it’s a single-panel comic strip shared by six women cartoonists, each assigned a day of the week for the dailies, and alternating on the Sundays. The cartoonists, in order of weekday appearance are: Isabella Bannerman, Margaret Shulock, Susan Camilleri-Konar (former Wednesday spot Rina Piccolo), Anne Gibbons, Benita Epstein, and Stephanie Piro. It is syndicated worldwide by King Features Syndicate.You can see Six Chix cartoons HERE.

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27 thoughts on “Farewell, Six Chix

  1. Fabulous post, Rina! Wonderful history with King and your work is beyond exceptional. Your Chix humour will be missed but looking forward to the next chapter in your creative career…
    xo
    S.

  2. Dear Rina, Thank you for writing such a touching tribute to your time with “Six Chix”! I will miss your Wednesdays, of course, but am looking forward to seeing what Susan Camilleri has in store for us, and also looking forward to following your new ventures.
    xo
    Isy

    • Thanks, Isy… and yes, I can’t wait for Susan’s cartoons to start running too! Again, I’m not going anywhere… I’ll be reading all six of you every day 🙂 xox

  3. To Rina Piccolo:

    Thank you for your generosity and your success in the Six Chix. No matter what your journey takes you, you will always have friends to support you!

    Keep in mind, I will always support you and your brilliant work! Peace be with you! God bless you!

    • Kathy, thank you so much…. It’s going to be a while, but you know I always keep my readers posted on any new cartooning work 🙂

  4. So well written, Rina! As one of the most successful, talented and hardest working people in our profession, I know your career will continue to grow and grow! This is a step in that direction. Yes, good luck wishes, but, let’s face it, you have always made your own good luck! We still say that to you, however because you are as very likable as you you are very talented!! I’m very happy to hear Susan will be the new Wednesday Chix tooner! She is wonderful! We can’t wait to hear new news about upcoming projects as we will all continue enjoying that ‘Tina’ chick!

    • Tom — you know how much I appreciate your kind words, not to mention your support over the years!
      Sending warm wishes back to you, and Marie….xox

  5. Rina, I’ve followed your work ever since your panels started appearing in Comic Relief Magazine, and I can’t imagine why I’d ever stop now. I’m happy you’re already planning new work in some other venture – know that I will be there to see what new forms your jazz-like lineworks flow into. Best wishes, and as always, I’ll see you at Peppers!

    • Wow, Neil — what a blast from the past: you remember Comic Relief Magazine!
      Thank you Thank YOU Thank YOU for the support over the years — I very much appreciate it. And may I also say : I’m grateful for the kind words you wrote on the comments thread over at Comics Kingdom. How refreshing to hear something positive and honest on a forum that often leans toward hateful Troll-hood. Your comment is perhaps the nicest thing anyone has ever said on that peanut gallery. Thanks 🙂 !

      • I, um, didn’t mean to leave two very similar messages there. I posted the first one, but used the word ‘sexy’ in it, forgetting that it would trigger the moderation robots. Assuming it would get pitched, I reworded it into the second one, but I guess my initial sex comment was judged harmless and the first wound up squeaking through!

  6. Take a bow, Rina. Your work is brilliantly twisted for optimal funny-bone tickling. Let’s not forget that you have also helped people along their path, including me, for which I’m very grateful. I look forward to updates on your new venture, and wish you great success.
    I’ll be in TO for the marathon in October so may get a brief chance to get together.
    Good luck

    • Thanks for saying that– It would be rare! There are few things in life that would make me give up on Tina, and her world 🙂

  7. Losing one of these girls with my morning tea would be sad … losing ALL is nothing short of a disaster! Six Chics has provided so much belly-ripping humour over the years, really all I have left to say is Thank you so much, good luck and goodbye ////MargS.

    MargS

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