Well, the 80-year-old comic strip's illustrator, Guy Gilchrist, for one, knew. But now the world will know, thanks to the Sunday, Sept. 8, edition of "Nancy," which will feature Nashville’s clearly identifiable skyline and explain that “not loving your hometown” is just as wrong as littering.
Syndicated internationally in 80 countries and some 400 newspapers, "Nancy" has a viewership of 57 million readers around the world. And as fans of the the comic strip know, Nancy resides in in the fictional town of “Three Rocks” with her Aunt Fritzi and friend Sluggo. But this weekend, award-winning artist Gilchrist will reveal for the very first time that this imaginary suburb lies just on the outskirts of Guitar Town.
Moreover, this Sunday's edition of the strip is a reflection of the recent collaboration with Metro Nashville wherein "Nancy" will serve as a spokesperson for Nashville's “Littering Is Wrong Too!” campaign, which is sponsored by Metro Beautification and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
“I am delighted that the world is learning that Nancy’s hometown is Nashville, Tennessee,” shared Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Sept. 6. “Nancy is a picture-perfect spokesperson for our anti-littering campaign, and I appreciate Guy Gilchrist for helping us share this important message.”
As part of the anti-littering campaign, Nancy will also appear on local billboards and in a special 24-page coloring book that will be distributed to local school children throughout the metropolitan area to effect social change.
Throughout the coloring book's pages, Nancy will compare littering to things such as “not rooting for your home team,” and “eating junk food every day.” Plus, the coloring book will also highlight local landmarks, from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the AT&T building (a.k.a. “The Batman Building”) to the Nashville Zoo.
More about Guy Gilchrist
Animal lover, musician and Nashville-area resident Gilchrist, at the age 24, was selected to create Jim Henson’s "Muppets" comic strip, which was printed worldwide in 660-plus newspapers daily from 1981 to 1986.
He took over the "Nancy" comic strip in 1995, and earlier this year, he unveiled a one-of-a-kind exhibit, “Nancy Loves Nashville,” at the Nashville International Airport that revealed the location of “Three Rocks” as a suburb just outside the Nashville City Limits. Sunday’s strip will unequivocally reveal this location to the world.