Roger "Rog" Bollen was an American comic strip artist, children's book illustrator and TV producer. He started his career as a newspaper cartoonist, with such features as 'Catfish', 'Funny Business' and 'Animal Crackers'. The latter was his most famous comics creation. It dealt with a group of animals who live in a fictional jungle, and has been syndicated since 1967. Two collections of the Animal Crackers series have appeared: 'It's a Jungle Out There' and 'Save the Dodos!'. Bollen drew this strip until 1994, after which it was taken over by Fred Wagner. Wagner had previously succeeded Bollen on 'Catfish', that was produced by Bollen and Gary Peterman from 1973 to 1986. 'Funny Business' ran from 1966 to 1980.
In the 1990s, Bollen quit cartoons to focus on a career in television. He created shows for the Disney Channel that included 'Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century', 'Handy Manny"'and an animated version of 'Animal Crackers'. Roger Bollen also made more than fifty children's books with his second wife, Marilyn Sadler, including the 'Alistair's Elephant' and 'P.J. Funnybunny' series. Bollen lived in several cities in the Greater Cleveland area, including Moreland Hills, Shaker Heights, Kirtland Hills, and finally in Chagrin Falls. He passed away on 3 October 2015, aged 74.