About Bob West
Bob was born in Newbern, a small town in west Tennessee on August 29, 1932.
Bob and his Dad, 1934
Alton and Ethel West watched their first-born, Robert Alton, Junior, become
more interested in drawing cartoons than picking cotton.
He began by copying Dick Tracy and other comic strip characters
from discarded newspapers.
Aspiring artist draws brother Gaylon, posing as gangster, circa 1944.
As staff artist for his high school newspaper, Bob saw his work in print
for the first time. That did it. He knew what he wanted to do with his life.
After graduation from Dyersburg (TN) High School in 1950,
he painted signs for the local Coca-Cola bottler and Art Craft Sign Company
until he entered the military in 1951.
In 1953 he married Sylvia Buteau in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Suwan, Korea, 1954
As an Air Force illustrator, his comic strips and cartoons were published
regularly in both military and civilian newspapers.
Altus AFB, Oklahoma, 1955
In 1955 Bob and Sylvia moved to Boston, where he attended the
New England School of Art. Later, he was coached by some of the world's
best-known and most talented artists in the Famous Artists School.
American Fire & Casualty Company, Orlando, Florida, 1959
Bob has worked as an advertising artist for a national insurance company,
as a graphic designer for an aerospace corporation, as an art director
for an advertising agency, and as a freelance designer/illustrator
serving Walt Disney World and other clients.
Martin-Marietta Corporation, Orlando, Florida, circa 1964
Bob was a deacon and an elder in a church in Orlando, and has
written articles and drawn cartoons for many religious publications.
In 1966 he began writing and drawing a comic strip called "Theophilus,"
and later created other cartoon series, such as "Brother Fairasee,"
"Our Religious World," "The Evangelist," "All in the Body,"
and "God Said It Long Before."
For a number of years he was editor and publisher of Gospel Teacher,
a magazine designed to help Christians be effective ministers and teachers.
Brevard, North Carolina, 1979
Bob at work in his home office, 2000
Bob and Sylvia were involved in full-time ministry,
which included publishing "Theophilus" and their newest serial comic strip,
"Our Father's Children," on the internet.
50th Anniversary, 2003
Reflecting back on their lives, Bob and Sylvia said, "The
unconditional love of Jesus has taken us through good times and bad,
and He continues to be the focus of our lives."
On March 25, 2007, Sylvia went to be with Jesus.
Please visit the site Bob has prepared to honor her memory.
On July 25, 2009, Bob married Rebecca.
Click here to visit Rebecca's website.