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1933 – When Newspapers (and Comics) Reigned

Dec 9, 2019 by D. D. Degg

The height of the depression might have been the height of the rule of newspapers, and the major feature in newspapers then was the comic strip. Inflation Calculator says $1,000 in 1933 equals almost $20,000 today.   Popular cartoonists were celebrities. and magazines included feature stories about their success. The April 1933 issue of Fortune […]

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Alternative Paper Annoyed at Moderate Cartoonist

Dec 9, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Seattle’s alternative newspaper The Stranger takes exception with David Horsey being a middle-of-the-road editorial cartoonist: Seattle Times‘ editorial cartoonist David Horsey has it in his mind that he is the voice of good old American common sense. He never goes too far to the right, nor too far to the left. He is a moderate, […]

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CSotD: Reality Checks

Dec 9, 2019 by Mike Peterson

Starting out with an arc to watch. Some time ago, Adam@Home discovered he’d become a viral meme after somebody took a pic of him at the local coffee shop. Now he’s been approached by a coffee company that wants to make him the face of their brand. Problem is, the money is irresistible but the […]

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Dick Tracy, With Special Guest Stars… (meanwhile)

Dec 9, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Well, I’m happy I stated, “I will not guarantee that this is a complete list” at the beginning of this series about comic strip characters guest starring in the Mike Curtis and Joe Staton Dick Tracy strip. Denny Lien, in the comments section of Part Three, noted several misses. Barney Google, Spark Plug, and the […]

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Rugrats: The (Complete) Newspaper Strips

Dec 8, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips Volume One is coming next week. Though what it will look like I couldn’t tell you. Graphic Policy has a preview of, I guess, a vertical version: They also post the page of cartoonists who contributed to the five year strip. Creators Syndicate continues to distribute reruns of the strip. Anime […]

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CSotD: Sunday Potpourri

Dec 8, 2019 by Mike Peterson

The good news is that Rob Rogers has found a home for “Brewed on Grant,” his local look into Pittsburgh life. The other good news is that he manages to combine the personal with the universal, which is the key to good writing. The principle is simple but not easy to apply because it falls […]

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The Elf Who Lost His Hand in a Tragic Toy Factory Accident: A Christmas Miracle (Holiday Special)

Dec 7, 2019 by D. D. Degg

So you read the December 7, 2019 Sally Forth but never thought to check YouTube for the video? Shame! Created and drawn by Francesco Marciuliano, and animated and narrated by Tom Racine The Elf Who Lost His Hand in a Tragic Toy Factory Accident (Holiday Special) is destined to become a beloved annual Christmas viewing […]

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Dick Tracy, With Special Guest Stars… (concluding)

Dec 7, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Part Three of a series highlighting the special guest appearances of comic strip characters that have appeared in the Mike Curtis and Joe Staton version of Dick Tracy. Parts One and Part Two covered the years 2011-2016, this time we cover 2017 to the present. We start 2017 with a very special character as a […]

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CSotD: Better Late Than Never

Dec 7, 2019 by Mike Peterson

Michael Ramirez points out that the US is carrying most of the burden of NATO, a prominent argument of the New America First crowd. Of course, it’s not that simple, but we’re not invested in complex arguments that require study. It does seem, however, that there is an ongoing bit of confusion over what we […]

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“Caption It!” – New Syndicated Feature(?) – update

Dec 6, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Original December 4 post: A new feature showed up on the Creators Syndicate page this week. Caption It! by Steve Breen takes the popular cartoon caption contests and lets the Sunday Funnies readers have a shot at it. From the Creators’ site: “Caption It!” is a new cartoon caption contest that runs every week in […]

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Rebecca Hendin Wins Political Cartoon of the Year

Dec 6, 2019 by D. D. Degg

The Guardian proudly reports that one of their cartoonists, Rebecca Hendin, won the Political Cartoon of the Year award. The artist Rebecca Hendin has won the political cartoon of the year award for a work in the Guardian that depicted Boris Johnson sitting in a burning room while skipping a joint press conference with Luxembourg’s […]

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Willie and Joe and World War 3 (Mauldin, 1951)

Dec 6, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Here’s the story in a nutshell. In May, 1952, after the Russian invasion of Yugoslavia, the principal United Nations countries and the United States declare war. The United States uses atomic bombs against Russian industrial complexes. Soviet forces invade West Germany, the Middle East and Alaska. US forces, in disarray, have retreated on all fronts. […]

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Dick Tracy, With Special Guest Stars… (continuing)

Dec 6, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Earlier we managed to get through the first three years of special guest appearances by comic characters in Mike Curtis and Joe Staton‘s run on Dick Tracy. Let’s try get through the next three years (2014-2016) in this installment. The guest spots come early as the first Sunday of 2014 presents Vitamin’s co-star. Mary Perkins […]

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The First Peanuts Comic Strip in 3-D Pop-Up

Dec 5, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Gene Kannenberg, Jr., famed librarian, comics historian, and cartoonist, has created a book that Peanuts Inc must publish. It is a 3-D pop-up of the first Peanuts comic strip of October 2, 1950.   Check it out on Gene’s Twitter feed or as a widescreen Facebook video.    

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2010-2019 The Decade in Cartoons – Updated

Dec 5, 2019 by D. D. Degg

For the entire month of December, USA TODAY cartoonist Mike Thompson, along with cartoonists from the USA TODAY Network and the Cagle cartoon syndicate, will provide retrospectives of their favorite work from the past decade. According to USA TODAY: The cartoonists were asked to gather  their 20 favorite cartoons from the past decade into individual collections, and we’ll […]

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