Ernie (Herald Sun, Australia, 23-4-2009)
Bud Grace got his doctorate in physics in 1971 at the Florida State University. However, after working as a nuclear physicist for a while, Grace chose for a career in comics in 1979. He was a freelance cartoonist for some major magazines before starting his 'Ernie' comic in 1987, that is distributed by King Features.
In the USA, the strip was later renamed to 'The Piranha Club' in 1998. It is especially popular in the Scandinavian countries Sweden and Norway, where it appears in a bi-monthly comic book called 'Ernie'. It is also one of the most popular comic strips regularly published in newspapers in Estonia and Latvia. Grace also drew the 'Babs and Aldo' comic strip under the pseudonym Buddy Valentine.