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City to memorialize cartoonist Bil Keane with statue

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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -

He was the author of one of the most popular comic strips in the world, and he lived in Paradise Valley. Now, a sculpture will honor Family Circus founder Bil Keane.

Keane died nearly one year ago. He created the popular Family Circus cartoons you see in the Sunday paper.

Paradise Valley plans to erect a bronze statue of Keane outside town hall titled, "Giddy Up."

"So the face will be Bil Keane and he'll be on all fours, the four children he created from the comic strip on his back, and he's giving them a piggy back ride, hence the name 'Giddy Up,'" said Mary Hamway, former Paradise Valley mayor.

Keane's children designed the 9 by 7-foot statue. It will be unveiled to the public next year.

FOX 10's Jill Monier has more.

To donate to build sculpture honoring cartoonist Bil Keane
Call Paradise Valley town manager Jim Bacon at 480-348-3533

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