I recently learned that Bob Pendarvis, the co-founder of Savannah College of Art and Design’s Sequential Art Department was let go. I taught alongside Bob from 1997-2000. SCAD’s sequential art department has had a significant impact on American cartooning. I hope Bob is recognized for his accomplishments as an educator and for the hundreds of students he inspired and outraged.
Bob left quite an impression. He looked like Benny Hill and often dressed like Hello Kitty. The Bob I knew was by turns impulsive, childish, combative, candid, and generous. He was, however, always passionate and despite a goofball facade, exceptionally bright and perceptive. Bob was also an inspired cartoonist. When I left SCAD, Bob gave me a going away present: a sketchbook that contained a hilarious and heartfelt story featuring caricatures of the entire sequential art faculty. I think he whipped it out in an hour. There are few books I treasure as much as this one. It takes me back in time and reminds me of the most magical side of a difficult and talented colleague. Good luck going forward, Bob.
— James Sturm
all images by Bob Pendarvis!