I am in no way a fan of The Family Circus, but I did say "aww" when I heard that Bil Keane passed away. More because The Family Circus has been a present my whole life. When I was a little kid, I found it cute in that "gee willickers" sort of way. Then, as I got older and and my sense of humor became a bit more advanced and refined, I pretty much stopped reading it. But it was nice that Keane was so consistent... using the same jokes and ideas for 50 years.
Erin once mailed me a Sunday Family Circus where she added a ghost (like those ghosts that he always had in his cartoons) that said "shut up, Jeffy, no one likes you!" which I found to be hilarious. Because it's true. No one likes that know it all pain in the ass Jeffy. It's been hanging in every office I've had since I've received it.
So it's been real, Bil. I hear your son has adopted The Family Circus, so at least it'll still be continuing.
I also wanted to post a cartoon from The Nietzsche Family Circus, which combines an image from The Family Circus with a quote from Nietzsche. Mainly because I find this page hilarious in that "Garfield without Garfield" or "Kayne West tweets with cartoons from the New Yorker" sort of way.