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CSotD: Friday Funnies – Everything New Is Old Again

Apr 19, 2019 by Mike Peterson

This past Sunday’s Edison Lee has not simply been sitting in my “Friday Funnies” folder but has also been rattling around in my head. One of the elements of having grown up hard-core country is that I had a full set of stars overhead, particularly in winter when the combination of early sunsets and cold […]

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Peter Vatsures – RIP

Apr 18, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Cartoonist Peter Vatsures has passed away. Peter Spiro Vatsures July 26, 1930 – April 15, 2019 art director, painter, musician   From the obituary: After a short volunteer tour of active duty in the U.S. Army, he moved to New York City to begin his life-long pursuit of artistic expression. Peter sold several cartoons […]

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Hey Kids! Comics! A Basketful of Books

Apr 18, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   The Star of the Telegram: The Cartoons of Harold Maples     Johnny Hazard The Newspaper Dailies Volume Seven: 1954-1956     Thelwell’s Pony […]

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CSotD: Sentence first, verdict afterwards

Apr 18, 2019 by Mike Peterson

   The twelve jurors were all writing very busily on slates. `What are they doing?’ Alice whispered to the Gryphon. `They can’t have anything to put down yet, before the trial’s begun.’ The Attorney General of the White House is going to hold a press conference at 9:30 to discuss a report nobody (except his […]

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Tales From The Reuben: Al Roker, A.C.E.

Apr 17, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Awards are handed out every year at The Reubens Dinner. Most are annual acknowledgements, some are occasional. The ACE Award is on the intermittent schedule. The ACE Award, or Amateur Cartoonist Extraordinary award, is given to a celebrity or notable who aspired at one time to become a cartoonist, but whose path led them […]

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This is CNN (Comics News Network)

Apr 17, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  The Kliban Exclusion The above cartoon ran as shown on GoComics, eliciting howls of censorship. But the edited image was the one GoComics received from the Kliban estate. Then the Kliban people corrected the false impression many readers imagined: Its a great cartoon so the dilemma was wanting to post it but knowing the […]

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Dwane Powell – RIP

Apr 17, 2019 by D. D. Degg

(updated with the family’s loving obituary) Editorial cartoonist Dwane Powell has passed away. Drexal Dwane Powell, Jr. November 7, 1944 – April 14, 2019 Dwane’s papers are at the University of North Carolina, their biographical note: Drexel Dwane Powell Jr., an editorial cartoonist, was born 7 November 1944 in Lake Village, Arkansas. He began drawing […]

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CSotD: While we await more weeping gargoyles

Apr 17, 2019 by Mike Peterson

There have been a couple of okay cartoons about the Notre Dame fire and then a raft of weeping gargoyles. I’m going to hold back for a day or so to let more cartoonists weigh in. There’s plenty more out there to comment on, starting with … I was glad to see Darrin Bell recognized […]

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NCSFest – One Month to Go

Apr 16, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Only one short month until “America’s Biggest Comic Arts Festival!”     Officially it runs May 17 to May 19, 2019, but there’s a signing event on May 16 and a live podcast on May 20th. Get there early and stay late.   Like the star of his Badlands comic strip, Steve McGarry is […]

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CSotD: Goodbye to Dwane, and to bucket lists

Apr 16, 2019 by Mike Peterson

If seeing Notre Dame Cathedral was on your bucket list, you screwed up. Apparently, parts have been saved, but it will be some time before it’s restored, and then it will be restored, and it will be another century before the restoration feels properly a part of the 850-year-old edifice. But you let other things […]

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Magazine Monday

Apr 15, 2019 by D. D. Degg

  Comic Strip Cartoonist #10 Last month I got the delightful 10th (#10) Anniversary issue of Comic Strip Cartoonist. “Ski” gives us the origin of the magazine, followed by a summary of the first 9 issues. Then we get an enjoyable gallery of comics from cartoonists featured in those nine issues, with an update on […]

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The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Darrin Bell

Apr 15, 2019 by D. D. Degg

The Pulitzer Prize organization has announced the 2019 winners.   The 2019 winner in the Editorial Cartooning category is Darrin Bell. “For beautiful and daring editorial cartoons that took on issues affecting disenfranchised communities calling out lies, hypocrisy, and fraud in the political turmoil surrounding the Trump administration.”     Finalists for the Editorial Cartooning […]

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CSotD: The Madness of King Donald

Apr 15, 2019 by Mike Peterson

Kal Kallaugher notes the increasingly authoritarian nature of our perverse executive branch as it veers further from its Constitutional moorings and closer to the extremist views of its worst supporters. The Prez seems to be slipping his moorings in all sorts of ways, mostly in that, between his tweets and the formal statements coming from […]

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It Don’t Come Easy

Apr 14, 2019 by D. D. Degg

Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff and Prince Valiant by Harold Foster; yes, even Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse and E. C. Segar’s Thimble Theatre starring Popeye. Those and others have their fans who proclaim them the greatest adventure strips of all time. They are, of course, wrong. The Greatest Adventure Strip Of All Time […]

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CSotD – Adult Humor

Apr 14, 2019 by Mike Peterson

Fathers get so little positive play on the comics page that, having been a single dad, I’m gonna lead with today’s Brevity. Cargo shorts notwithstanding, it’s good to see a father in the funnies who isn’t a clueless, annoying loser. My father, who was otherwise very present and attentive, didn’t teach me to shave. I […]

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