Howie Schneider was an American comic artist and cartoonist, best known as the creator of the syndicated 'Eek & Meek' comic, that appeared for over 35 years in about 400 newspapers. Born in the Bronx, New York, Schneider spent much of the first half of his life in New York City, where he created his comic for NEA Service in 1965. The strip featured two mice, confronted by existential problems. In 1977, Schneider started to gradually alter the mice, and turned them to people in 1982.
Eek and Meek
Schneider settled in Provincetown in the 1970s, where he became heavily involved in environmental activism and town affairs. He also became the editorial cartoonist for the Provincetown Banner after cancelling 'Eek & Meek' and created his weekly cartoon feature 'Unschucked' from then on.
The Sunshine Club
He work has been collected in cartoon books, like 'Howie Schneider Unshucked', 'The World is no Place for Children' and 'Mom's the Word'. Other creations that Schneider has created throughout the years are 'Percy's World' and 'Bimbo's Circus' (or 'The Circus of P.T. Bimbo') and children's books like 'Chewy Louie'. His work additionally appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, Redbook and McCall's. On October 6, 2003, he launched a daily and Sunday strip, 'The Sunshine Club', which looked at the issues of aging and was distributed by United Feature Syndicate.
Howie Schneider served on the boards of the National Cartoonists Society and the Newspapers Features Council, and had won awards for his cartoons. He passed away of complications from heart bypass surgery in Massachusetts General Hospital in June 2007.