Gil is a realistic and funny look at life through the eyes of a young boy growing up under circumstances that are familiar to millions of American families. And cartoonist Norm Feuti expertly crafts Gil’s world in a way that gives us all a good chuckle.
Gil is a bit of an underdog. He’s a little on the chubby side, and he’s usually the last kid picked at school to play dodgeball. He doesn’t have the newest toys or live in a fancy house. His parents are split up – his single mother supports them with her factory job income, and his father isn’t around as often as a father ought to be. But none of these things seem to have an adverse effect on Gil’s relentless optimism and upbeat attitude.
Norm Feuti is a syndicated cartoonist, author and freelance illustrator living in Massachusetts.
Born in 1970, Feuti grew up in the small town of Pascoag, R.I. He and his older sister were raised by their single mother who worked in a factory assembling screen windows to make ends meet. Growing up in a single-parent family during America’s first “Great Recession” wasn’t always easy, but Norm looks back on his childhood fondly. Feuti uses his own experiences growing up under less than ideal circumstances to tell the story of GIL – a happy kid who humorously struggles with the complex world around him.
Norm Feuti is also the creator of the syndicated comic strip Retail, and the author of the book "Pretending You Care: The Retail Employee Handbook." Prior to his career in cartooning, Feuti worked in retail management for more than 15 years.
A chubby and cheerful 8-year-old boy. He loves comic books, video games and superheroes, all of which fuel his already overactive imagination. He is an only child who lives with his mother and sees his father on alternate weekends. He’s somewhat oblivious to the complexities of the adult world, which almost always leads to a funny situation.
A hardworking single mother whose primary concern is the welfare of her son, Gil. She is a hands-on mother who works full-time in a factory. She struggles with the guilt that all working mothers face. Her income allows her to meet the necessities in life, like food, rent and utilities, but not always the bonus stuff like the latest video game console.
A classic under-achiever who is lazy and lacks motivation. He holds out hope that one day he will strike it rich with a scratch-off lottery ticket. He gives questionable fatherly advice and is an unlikely candidate for winning “Father of the Year” any time soon. He loves his son, but it’s clear that he simply isn’t ready for full-time fatherhood.
Gil’s best friend, neighbor, classmate and supportive confidante. Like Gil’s folks, Shandra’s parents are also divorced. With her signature puffy pigtails and sensible attitude, Shandra is a loyal friend and well-adjusted child. She and Gil have a lot in common and speak openly about living in their respective single-parent homes.
Gil’s mean-spirited classmate and antagonist. Some say if someone teases you, it must mean that they secretly like you. That’s really not the case with Morgan and Gil.