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Brian Crane is the creator and cartoonist of the Pickles syndicated comic strip. Crane is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, casually called the Mormon Church. Born in Twin Falls, Idaho, Crane grew up in California. He graduated with a fine arts degree from Brigham Young University in 1973. For the next 17 years he worked as an illustrator, designer and art director in advertising and publishing, but yearned to develop his own comic strip. He created Pickles in 1990, but was rejected by three syndicates.
With the encouragement of his wife, Diana, he submitted it to the Washington Post’s Writers Group and it was accepted. Pickles became one of the Post's favorite strips. Now Pickles appears in 800 newspapers worldwide. Though most readers are in the United States and Canada, "Pickles" has appeared or does appear in South Korea, Australia, India, Aruba, England, Singapore and the Middle East.
Crane did eventually quit his day job, as he became able to make a living from "Pickles," but doing a daily strip is not exactly a picnic. There's a constant pressure of deadlines, a constant need to keep things fresh. "In this business, you're only as funny as yesterday's strip," he said.  As one of about 150 newspaper comic strip artists in the country, Crane is part of an elite fraternity, upholding a tradition that stretches back more than a hundred years. 
Crane and his wife have seven children and seven grandchildren and live in Nevada. Read more...