The Man Behind the Famous ‘Pickles’ Comic Answers 7 Emmy Questions

Every week, I interview fascinating people in our community, our nation, and around the world!

The idea came from a Facebook commenter who saw a video of me and my family floating down the river at Island Park. The person said I should turn things around and interview my dad (Nate Eaton) – so I did and the rest is history!

Today I speak with Brian Crane. He is the creator of “Pickles”, one of the most popular comic strips published in newspapers for over 30 years.

“Pickles” is about an elderly couple, Opal and Earl, and their daughter, grandson, and pets. It was syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group in 1990 and today appears in 1,000 newspapers around the world. In 2001, Brian received the National Cartoonist Society’s Best Cartoon Award.

In 2005 and 2011 he was nominated for Cartoonist of the Year by the same group. In 2013, he won the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonist Society. His daughter Emily colors the daily and Sunday strips for him.

Here are the questions I asked Brian:

  • How did you come up with the name “Pickles” for your comic?
  • Tell me about Opal and Earl.
  • How did you get major newspapers to publish your comic and keep publishing it after all these years?
  • How do you come up with ideas for a new comic every day?
  • Do you have a favorite comic you created?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not drawing?
  • What have you learned over the years doing your comics?


  • Do you prefer dill or sweet pickles?
  • What was your favorite thing growing up in Idaho?
  • Do you have any advice for me?

Watch my interview with Brian in the video player above and you can read more about him and “Pickles” on his website here.

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