Basset is the creator of the comic strips "Adam@Home" and "Red and Rover." His comics have been syndicated in more than 200 newspapers for the Universal Press and have been published in six different book collections. Collections include "Waggin' Tale: A Red and Rover Collection," "Red and Rover: A Boy, A Dog, A Time, A Feeling" and "Cafe Adam: An Adam Home Collection."
Basset began working at The Seattle Times as a political cartoonist in 1978. In 1994, he dedicated his time perfecting his comic "Adam@Home." Later, he developed the cartoon Red and Rover, which highlighted his love for dogs.
Basset's inspiration is cultivated from his own life and personal experiences. He draws from his home studio in Issaquah, Wash., and has been active with animal shelters across the country with fund drives, donations and speaking engagements. In 2006, Rover promoted spay and neutering throughout Washington by appearing on Washington license plates. Basset was honored in 2004 with a one-man show of his "Red and Rover" space-themed strips at NASA in Washington, D.C. In 2005, an original drawing by Basset commemorating America's return to flight lifted off with the crew of the space shuttle Discovery for a 13-day mission.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.