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Appeals Court Tosses Ted Rall v. L.A. Times Lawsuit

Jan 18, 2019 by D. D. Degg

    What it’s about: as Ted Rall saw it in 2016:   The Los Angeles Times summary as seen in today’s paper reporting the judgement: Ted Rall, who drew cartoons and wrote blog posts for The Times for several years, filed suit in 2016. The newspaper, he alleged, had defamed him by publicly questioning […]

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CSotD: Friday Funnies, Just in Time

Jan 18, 2019 by Mike Peterson

Dick Tracy has always been a straight shooter, but his dialogue in the last panel knocked me out of my chair. One of the best parts of comics is when a character says something you agree with but would never actually say out loud. I don’t dignify my preference for staying home by calling it […]

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Cartooning News and Notes

Jan 17, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Cartoonist and artist Jeff Stahler is featured on the PBS show Broad & High. Equal parts about his cartooning career and his art career. It’s the first four and a half minute segment after the introduction.     Editorial cartoonist and illustrator Randall Enos remembers a “typical evening at the [National] Cartoonists Society” about […]

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Erie Times-News to Gut its Comics Pages

Jan 17, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  The Erie Times-News plans on cutting 14-16 of its 36 comic strips and panels. Our intent is to eliminate one of the two pages of comics we run each day, which means dropping 14 or perhaps 16 of the 36 comics we run Monday through Saturday. We are not making wholesale changes to our […]

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CSotD: Incel-ated from the truth

Jan 17, 2019 by Mike Peterson

I’ve seen about half a dozen Carol Channing obituary cartoons, which sent me to IMBD to find out the last time she worked. Turns out it’s not quite as long ago as this TV Guide cover, which was in 1966. She did some voice work a quarter century ago and a couple of cameo appearances […]

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I Yam What I Yam an’ Tha’s All I Yam – Popeye Is 90

Jan 17, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  90 years ago on January 17, 1929… E. C. Segar introduced Popeye into his comic strip. Popeye was only intended to be in this one episode of Thimble Theatre and disappear, but by the end of the adventure Popeye had become too popular to ignore. After a brief absence Popeye returned and stayed. Segar […]

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Popeye’s Cartoon Club debuts January 17

Jan 16, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Popeye’s Cartoon Club, the new weekly online comic strip, is set to debut from King Features Syndicate on January 17, 2019, the 90th anniversary of Popeye’s first appearance in Thimble Theatre. A page is set up on the KFS site. As explained in an early December 2018 New York Times article the strip will feature […]

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Hey Kids! Comics! – New Books for a New Year

Jan 16, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Here are some books scheduled for January 2019 release. Images and links to Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Peanuts Every Sunday Box Set   Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union     Complete Chester Gould Dick Tracy Volume 25     The Best of Alex 2018 […]

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CSotD: No good deed goes unpunished

Jan 16, 2019 by Mike Peterson

I’ll let today’s Candorville set the tone, because it’s the most self-critical of today’s batch of cartoons, plus I’m always pleased whenever Clyde becomes the voice of reason. It did seem, at first, that Jazmine Barnes had been the victim of a random, race-based drive-by shooting and there was a lot of outrage over the […]

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Some Recent Comics Stuff

Jan 15, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Tom Batiuk spent a few days of his Funky Winkerbean last week dishing on young’uns unknowledge of zipatone and Dr. Martin’s and other old school cartooning equipment.     Magazine and Marmaduke cartoonist Brad Anderson‘s papers have been donated to the Billy Ireland.     Some (well, at least one) major bookstores break protocol […]

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CSotD: Mac Attack

Jan 15, 2019 by Mike Peterson

  Poor Lee Judge. Not only do the scandals come faster than you can draw them, but even trivial gags get one-upped by a President who is far more of a chintzy, childish cheapskate than anyone could imagine. But, yeah, the National Champion Clemson Tigers are lucky he didn’t just set out an array of […]

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Olivia Jaimes: Comics Beat Newcomer of the Year

Jan 14, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Heidi MacDonald reports that Olivia Jaimes was voted The (Comics) Beat Newcomer of the Year. The voting for Comics Industry Person of the Year was a foregone conclusion. As Heidi explains: The overwhelming choice was the one and only Stan Lee. Although Stan’s passing on November 12th 2018 was fresh on everyone’s mind, his […]

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Post-Gazette Cartoonist Accused of Sexism

Jan 14, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Steve Kelley is facing accusations of sexism after two cartoons in a row could be interpreted as portraying women as gold diggers. January 13, 2019 cartoon The Pittsburgh City Paper has taken the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Steve Kelly to task for the cartoons: For the past two days, Pittsburgh readers […]

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CSotD: My I-Don’t-Have-to-Run Day

Jan 14, 2019 by Mike Peterson

We’re dealing with sub-zero weather moreso than snow, though we got a load of that the other day. Enough to make me laff at this Zits, because I’ve had a VW van and, when your source of heat is the gentle breeze blowing over the engine eight feet behind you, the distinction between wipers that […]

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Sunday Funnies – some January 13 notes

Jan 13, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  The big news is the premiere of the Little Oop Sunday comic strip by Joey Alison Sayers and Jonathan Lemon. This raises two questions in my mind: First – does this strip require a new entry in any comic strip listings or does it just get a note in the Alley Oop entry? Second […]

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