"Hallmark artist John Wagner had no idea what kind of a scratchy cat he'd let out of the bag in 1986 when he sketched a crabby old lady – who, he was shocked to see, looked a lot like his grandmother!
His instincts told him that people would identify with a female senior citizen who "yells it like it is" and sees no subject as sacred."
John Wagner—or “Arty-Boy” as Maxine likes to call him—created Maxine for the 1986 launch of Shoebox. John was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts, and his grandmother (who paid for his first art lessons)."
Maxine fans can download wallpapers and web banners, and access Maxine's daily online comic, Crabby Road, on the new Web site.