Written as a satire on the comic devices cartoonists use, the book quickly became a textbook for art students. Walker researched cartoons around the world to collect this international set of cartoon symbols. The names he invented for them now appear in dictionaries.
Mort Walker is the creator of the comic strips "Beetle Bailey" and "Hi and Lois," with several hundred books in print including anthologies, childrens books, instruction and non-fiction. He has won many world-wide awards and founded the International Museum of Cartoon Art and serves as chairman.