An Alternate View of the Caruso Project


NON SEQUITUR © 2014 Wiley Ink, Inc. Dist. By ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.



More about Cartoonist Wiley Miller


Wiley Miller, who lived at one time in Pacific Palisades, is an accomplished cartoonist whose comic strip, Non Sequitur, is distributed to more than 700 newspapers.

On behalf of Circling the News, I contacted Miller to ask if he happened to live near here and had heard about the recent “controversy” on Nextdoor Palisades regarding the cupolas at Caruso’s Palisades Village.

“I knew nothing about the issue,” said Miller, who won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for editorial cartooning in 1991. “I drew this cartoon four years ago.”

He said that he lived in Pacific Palisades during the 1950s and moved to the East Coast in 1963. He studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University and worked for several educational film studios in Los Angeles before joining the Greensboro News & Record as staff artist/editorial cartoonist in 1976.

After a stint at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in California, Miller created his first syndicated strip, Fenton, in 1982. He returned to editorial cartooning three years later, joining the staff of the San Francisco Examiner.

In 1988, Miller was named Best Editorial Cartoonist by the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

“I’m old enough to remember when Temescal Canyon was just that…a canyon!” Miller said in an email to Circling the News. “I watched Pali High being built and everyone was thrilled when Temescal Canyon Road was built, as it was a real time-saver in driving.”

“My mom just moved to an assisted living facility, leaving her home in Tahitian Terrace, where she had lived for many years, taking over the coach [mobile home] after my grandmother passed in 1992,” he wrote in an email. “My grandmother was one of the original owners there.”

In 2014, Miller was named Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society, and received the Reuben Award, the most prestigious prize in cartooning.

In addition, Non Sequitur has won four National Cartoonists Society divisional awards, and Miller was the first cartoonist to be presented a divisional award after only one year in syndication. He’s the only one ever to win in both the comic strip and comic panel categories.

The right to reprint this cartoon was paid for by an anonymous donor.


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