The creator of the cartoon series Marmaduke, Brad Anderson, was born in Jamestown and raised in Portland, NY. The Brad Anderson Recognition Committee has erected a beautiful statue in his honor and invites visitors to come and enjoy all that Portland has to offer.
Anderson’s lovable Great Dane was featured in over 500 newspapers around the world. The premise of the comic was the crazy antics of Marmaduke and how he was always challenging his owners. Many references in the comic strip were made to the area including hometown signs, the green arches that span Brocton’s Main Street, local businesses and many of his childhood friends. Sculptor Don S. Sottile, a native of the area, was commissioned to create the bronze statue. The fact that Anderson was able to talk and work with Sottile before his death, makes this statue especially unique. Anderson personally requested the pose and look of the statue, and Sottile was able to recreate what Anderson envisioned, especially the look on Marmaduke’s face. The statue is located on the Portland Town Hall Grounds at 87 W. Main Street (Route 20 between Fredonia and Westfield). While in the area, hike or bike the miles of trails, peruse the various antique shops, wineries, fresh produce stands or grab a bite to eat at one of their quaint hometown restaurants. The Portland Historic Museum (open June-August: Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm and tours by appointment), features Brad Anderson’s Marmaduke drawings along with other historic memorabilia.