by Alisa Bischoff
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Hoest didn’t begin cartooning until she met and married her first husband, Bill Hoest, a cartoonist. When they met at a tennis match on Long Island, she was a high school English teacher who used cartoons in class to teach satire. At their meeting, Bill asked Bunny to write and compile some books, which she agreed to and found fun and rewarding.
She began cartooning in 1973, working on The Lockhorns, in collaboration with her husband. The Lockhorns is a King Features Syndicate that is distributed to 500 newspapers worldwide. It is about the misadventures of the battling spouses, Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn. Other works by Bunny include Laugh Parade for People Magazine, Bumper Snickers for The National Enquirer, Agatha Crumb and What A Guy. Known as “The Cartoon Lady”, Hoest was the creator of 25 best-selling anthologies. Her influences in cluded her late husband Bill Hoest, Ted Kay (cartoonist for the Saturday Evening Post), Charles Saxon, and Peter Amo (both cartoonists for The New Yorker). She lived on Long Island and worked on cartooning seven days a week for 9 or 10 hours a day.
Bunny died in 1988 and her assistant John Reiner took over The Lockhorns, maintaining her hard-edged, simple black and white style.
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