Shoe (comic strip)

Shoe is the name of a comic strip that was written and drawn by its creator Jeff MacNelly until his death in 2000. It has since been continued by Chris Cassatt, Gary Brookins, and Susie MacNelly.

While not politically oriented in the style of strips such as Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury, the strip often pokes fun at various social and political issues of the day, especially when Belfry makes an appearance.

The strip won MacNelly the Reuben Award for the year 1979.


Shoe deals with the day-to-day foibles of a group of newspaper employees and their families, all of whom are portrayed as anthropomorphized birds, in the fictional locale of Treetops, East Virginia.
Characters Species Description
P. Martin "ShoeShoemaker purple martin The cigar-smoking editor (patterned after Jim Shumaker whom MacNelly worked for at the Chapel Hill (NC) Weekly) of The Treetops Tattler-Tribune, whose difficulties with his various ex-wives is legendary. He is the boss of Cosmo & Loon with a very similar management style to Mr. Dithers in the comic series Blondie.
Prof. Cosmo Fishhawk osprey The overeducated but underachieving osprey columnist whose computer expertise is almost as poor as his understanding of women. His trademark desk is always overflowing with a very tall stack of papers, extending beyond the frame. Although the title of the strip is Shoe, Cosmo is arguably the main character, as the majority of the strips revolve around his life.
Roz unknown Waitress at, and/or likely owner of, the local diner (Roz's Roost) where many of the characters gather
Skyler skylark An overeducated but underachieving nephew whom Cosmo is raising. In 1986, Skyler accepted what he mistakenly believed to be a summer job with the "United States Marine Corporation", soon finding himself at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island for the summer, during which time his descriptions of events in his letters home to Uncle Cosmo composed a predominance of the strips. Skyler's correspondence took a front seat again in the summer of 1987 while he completed advanced training, and in the summer of 1988 when he went to sea.
Sen. Batson D. Belfry A beltway blowhard, seemingly patterned after Tip O'Neill and Ted Kennedy, and whose name is a pun of "bats in the belfry"
Irving "Irv" Seagull gull A local repairman.
Loon loon A mail and newspaper carrier whose aeronautic skills are the subject of recurring jokes, based on former Vietnam POW Navy Pilot Paul Galanti
Wiz merlin The "Merlin of motherboards," he appears as a wizard in a pointed hat and star-covered robe, carrying a magic wand. He is often called in by The Professor to fix his office computer. ("Okay, first, let's get your fist out of the computer screen.")

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