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Pooch Café hits 5000th Strip!

By Paul | September 10, 2013

Holy snap.  I can feel the bones in my drawing hand creaking.  I had to do the calculation three times.  I had to use an abacus, because apparently those were all the rage around the time I started drawing this strip, which debuted on Jan 3, 2000, (“The first strip of the new millennium”, I coined it). It coincided relatively closely with Charles Schulz’s announcement that he was retiring Peanuts, and I was quickly misquoted in a newspaper interview as calling Poncho “the new Snoopy.”  My first reporter twisting of words!  I had entered the public eye.

The first strip:

Thanks to Copley Syndicate for starting me off, and to John Glynn, Lee Salem and John McMeel for taking Pooch on at Universal and helping me into the big leagues.  And of course thanks to all my fans over the years, without whom I’d have been committed because sitting by yourself doing 5000 comics about a dog for no one will get you tossed in a padded room.



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  1. iavine Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Wow Paul, that is some achievement. Congratulations. Ian

  2. mailman Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Congratulations Paul! The strip is still as fresh and funny as when you started. I am reminded of this song with a few words switched:
    I would draw 5000 strips and I would draw 5000 more just to be the man who draws 10000 strips that land down at your door Da da da da …..

  3. Pet Lady Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Awesome! The first strip was great and Pooch Cafe continues to be the best comic out there. Keep up the good work.

  4. Gaby C Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    That’s awesome Paul, thanks for making us laugh 5,000+ times.

  5. baddawg1989 Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Congratulations, Paul. Promise you won’t check out the same day as your last strip appears way off in the future. (Another reference to Charles M. Schulz.) Lulu would turn your homestead into the next Graceland. ;)


  6. Archie Says:
    September 10th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    (It’s already in the blueprint stages. ;-) )

    Wow, that was the FIRST strip? You didn’t even need to find your comfort zone! It was perfection from day one!

    And yeah, PC has never ever jumped the shark. Akin to The Simpsons, one of the greatest cartoons, which keeps us laughing and keeps me amazed at the bottomless pit of material, hats off to you, our favorite Canadian or any “ian” cartoonist and comic strip of all time.

    Congratulations, Paul. What a wonderful accomplishment for you and Doug, I cannot even bear the thought of the last PC strip. It takes me to that O. Henry story called The Last Leaf. :shock: I’m ascared.


  7. Brad Says:
    September 11th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    OMG… that was the first strip? No kidding I was instantly hooked.

    Will you make it to the likes of Herman, Peanuts? I don’t know but you’re certainly on your way and I do hope you make it. Your cartoons make me laugh which is one of the most precious things in life.

  8. Paul Gilligan celebrates 5,000th Pooch Cafe strip The Daily Cartoonist Says:
    September 11th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    [...] Gilligan has drawn his 5,000th Pooch Cafe comic strip: Holy snap. I can feel the bones in my drawing hand creaking. I had to do the calculation three [...]

  9. Paul Says:
    September 11th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for all the kind, kind words. Onto the next 5000…

  10. darlene Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Loving pooch! And this first strip is still one of my favorites! Thank you for the laughs and congratulations!

  11. Harvey39 Says:
    September 12th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Enjoy your strips – make it at least 10,000 more.

  12. NinaGeeka Says:
    September 14th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Congratulations Paul…no matter how bad the day, a daily dose of Pooch Café makes us laugh out loud..here’s to 5,000 plus more. By the way, the NY Daily News is at it again…you are in there for two weeks in place of Zits-off on their vacation..You’d think if you are the place to go to, why not just carry you full time? Anyway, we are all so proud to know you and own some of the strips…congrats
    Mary Ann

  13. Paul Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Feels great to have such great fans. Thanks, guys. And thanks for letting me know about the Daily News running Pooch again, Mary Ann. Wish they’d pick it back up, I loved being in NYC!

  14. TrixiesTales Says:
    September 20th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Congratulations! Pooch Cafe gives me a smile every day. Thank you


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