19WESLEY CHAPEL – Bob Florio was born and raised on Long Island, New York, where he owned a sign business for 16 years and illustrated a weekly newspaper cartoon poking fun at everyday life.
Florio moved to North Carolina in 2005, settling on the coast in 2005. He and his wife, Nina, relocated to Wesley Chapel in March.
While Florio has put his sign business on hold, he continues to draw cartoons as he has done since he was 7 years old.
Florio took time to answer some questions about cartooning.
What brought you to Wesley Chapel?
I’ve been here so many times visiting family. I moved a little bit closer to be near family and friends.
How long have you been drawing this particular cartoon?
I have been drawing this type of cartoon since 1970, when I was 7 years old. I enjoy drawing various characters in my strips.
What was the inspiration?
I like to find real-life situations and find humor in them. I like to keep it simple – day-by-day humor. I don’t want anything negative to come into my life.
What inspired the look and demeanor of the characters?
I draw my characters to resemble the situation.
What are your favorite comic strips from other cartoonists?
My favorite is “The Lockhorns,” drawn originally by Bill Hoest. I met Bill when I was 13 years old. I often visited him at his home on Long Island, New York. He would give me tips and advice. I also enjoyed “Dennis the Menace” and “Peanuts.”