About

In 1988, Bill Holbrook, creator of On The Fastrack, launched Safe Havens a clever look at how children interact with each other and with the adults in their world.

With a unique cast of intelligent and unpredictable characters, Safe Havens dishes out a good laugh every day.

King Features syndicates Safe Havens to more than 50 newspapers.

Bill Holbrook

Bill HolbrookBill Holbrook was born in Los Angeles in 1958, and grew up in Huntsville, Ala., after his father was transferred to work in the space program.According to his mother, he started his career as an artist by drawing on the household walls.

Bill majored in illustration and visual design at Auburn University in Alabama. He was the art director of the student newspaper, where he produced a weekly comic strip. He also did the paper’s editorial cartoons, and was published regularly in the Huntsville Times and the Monroe (Ala.) Journal. After graduation in 1980, Bill joined the Atlanta Constitution as an editorial staff artist. But his ambition remained to do a syndicated strip of his own.

During a 1982 visit to relatives on the West Coast, Bill was able to meet with Peanutscreator Charles Schulz who advised him to continually work on comic strip ideas, “weeding out the bad, keeping the good, rather than waiting for one big concept.” Armed with that advice, Bill created a strip in the fall of that year about a college graduate working in a run-down diner. It did not stir syndicate interest, but what he learned on the strip helped the young cartoonist create his first winner, On the Fastrack, which was launched in syndication by King Features in 1984. There have been three anthologies of strips published.

In October of 1989, Bill launched his second strip, Safe Havens. Initially about a day care center, this strip evolved into the adventures of Samantha Argus and her friends. King Features has distributed the comic since 1993.

In September of 1995, Bill began a third strip called Kevin & Kell about a functional family of animals in a dysfunctional world. The strip is available online and also in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bill lives in the Atlanta area with his wife and two daughters.

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  1. We subscribe to the Asheville Citizen-Times and have been following Safe Havens since it first appeared on its pages. (They have never carried the Sunday strip, unfortunately.)

    I was horrified and devastated when I opened the AC-T issue of 6/20/17 and discovered that Safe Havens had been replaced by another cartoon!

    What can I do, aside from writing the newspaper’s editor, to get Safe Havens back?

    • Definitely write to the editor. That’s very disappointing news since they had carried the strip for many years. And in an odd bit of timing, the cast is going to visit the Smokey Mountains this week. While we live in Atlanta, we travel up to your area frequently. Good luck; newspapers do listen to reader feedback!

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