Cartoonist Bil Keane getting statue at Scottsdale park

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A popular Valley cartoonist is set to be honored at a Scottsdale park.

The City of Scottsdale has announced that a statue of the late Bil Keane will be dedicated on Nov. 8 at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park near Scottsdale and Indian Bend roads.

The 9-by-7-foot statue, which will be titled “Gitty-up Daddy,” will be the centerpiece of a 36-foot-wide covered pavilion. A potential museum that would be located in the Maricopa Depot is also in the discussion phase.

“I think the park is a perfect fit for the Keane statue and pavilion,” said Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. “Scottsdale is a family-focused community and Bil Keane’s humor celebrated the magic of family through the unique perspectives of both children and parents.”

Keane’s cartoon “The Family Circus” was syndicated in approximately 1,500 newspapers around the world.

Keane lived in Paradise Valley before passing away in 2011.

His statue and the pavilion are being paid for with donations from the public and the Keane family. The project is expected to cost $100,000.

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