Author of Book on 'Archie' Cartoonist Bob Montana To Speak at Mill


LACONIA — Local author Carol Lee Anderson will talk about her new book on Meredith cartoonist Bob Montana during an appearance at the Belknap Mill on Wednesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana is a highly anticipated release from the History Press, providing an intimate glimpse into the life of the creator of the Archie comics. With a foreword by Dr. Bruce Heald, who personally knew Montana, the book draws upon family interviews and private photographs to present a portrait of the artist as well as the man behind the popular comics.

"I wanted the book to celebrate Montana the man, not just his work as an artist," Anderson said in an interview with The Laker. "He volunteered his time and talents to many causes, both local and national."

With the support of Montana's daughter, Lynn, and her siblings, Anderson was able to learn about the artist's home life in Meredith where he got involved in the community and was well-known for inviting local Boy and Girl Scouts to tour his studio.

"He was very active locally and most people around Meredith knew Bob," Anderson said. "He was approachable, just one of the locals, but people still speak of how talented he was and how much he gave back to the area."

He died of a heart attack in 1975 at the age of 54.

Anderson will discuss the newly released book and sign copies at the event, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.