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Dick Tracy Minit Mystery for the New Year

  The Dick Tracy comic strip will end the year (and start the next) with a new Minit Mysteries arc. Along with the story twists this one also has a creator twist – instead of a guest artist like the previous Minit Mystery, this one has a guest writer. Cartoonist Donnie Pitchford, of Lum and […]

Posted on: Dec 26, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Dick Tracy Minit Mystery for the New Year

Olivia Jaimes’ Nancy is Funniest & more 2018 hits

  Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff says A mysterious 20-something artist named Olivia Jaimes revived the legacy of a comic that had fallen on hard times – in hilarious fashion. Nancy was running in just 79 newspapers (down from a height of 700 in the 1970s) when Guy Gilchrist signed off in February … Andrews McMeel, the […]

Posted on: Dec 26, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: Of diamonds and dime stores

I thought Real Life Adventures did a nice job of summing up the holidays. Every Christmas season, auto companies run ads where a delighted wife walks out into the snowy driveway to find a brand-new car with a big bow on top. This year, one of the companies doubled down on the concept with the […]

Posted on: Dec 26, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Of diamonds and dime stores

Count The Days

    At the moment, checking the bestsellers in Amazon‘s Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Comic Strips category, about half of the top 50 are calendars. Shown on this page are the current top 4 calendars in the comic strip category.     Here are the Top 100 calendars in Amazon’s Books > Calendars […]

Posted on: Dec 26, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Count The Days

CSotD: Peace on Earth, if you can keep it

Christmas a century ago, as we’ll see, featured many of the same holiday comic strip themes as today, but, as Gustavo Bronstrup’s Christmas cartoon suggests, there was a different tone in a nation barely six weeks out of the Great War.   As E. A. Bushnell reminded readers, the end of the war was not […]

Posted on: Dec 25, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

The Christmas Spirit

                                                        From 1940 to 1951, excepting the WWII years when he was in the service, Will Eisner devoted a Spirit story to Christmas. This is The 1946 Christmas […]

Posted on: Dec 25, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Christmas Spirit

Confirmed: Intelligent Life Ends Print Syndication

  Last month we were told that Intelligent Life would be ending its print syndication. But questions remained: Whether December 22, 2018 (a Saturday) is the end of the print Intelligent Life or not is something that is not verified. Also, will King Features continue as the digital syndicator of Intelligent Life or will David […]

Posted on: Dec 25, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Confirmed: Intelligent Life Ends Print Syndication

CSotD: And so this is Christmas …

Marty Two Bulls leads off today with a particularly fine spin on Joseph and Mary as homeless travelers in a hostile world. He’s not the first cartoonist to compare the Holy Family to the needy, which is hardly surprising since that is a large part of the point of the story in the first place. […]

Posted on: Dec 24, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

‘Tis The Season

  Jim Keefe‘s present is a presentation of a 1939 King Features set of Christmas cards by Soglow. DeBeck, Raymond, Foster, Knerr, Davis, Herriman, Gottfredson, and others. *The above Alex Raymond Christmas illustration is from an earlier Keefe post.       GoComics digs into their archives to find some strips about The Christmas Story. […]

Posted on: Dec 23, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Apple Signs ‘Peanuts’ Gang to be Part of Streaming Service

Variety reports that Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media to create “series, specials and shorts” for Apple’s new streaming video service. Link: Apple Lands New ‘Peanuts’ Content From DHX Media

Posted on: Dec 23, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Apple Signs ‘Peanuts’ Gang to be Part of Streaming Service

CSotD: Avoiding the Cornfield

Dwane Powell sets the mood for today’s array. There have been several “screaming toddler” approaches to Trump and his hissy fit over the wall, but Powell not only modifies an increasingly tired concept but melds Trump’s infantile stubbornness with the Christmas angle. I’ve never understood the “hold my breath” threat and I certainly never saw […]

Posted on: Dec 23, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

GoComics’ Biggest Comic Strip Stories of 2018

  Nancy, Alley Oop, Deflocked, Sarah Scribbles, Garfield, and more make the list of Stephen Roth‘s 10 Biggest Comic Strip Stories in 2018.        

Posted on: Dec 22, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoonists and Comics in the News

  Cathy Guisewite remembers childhood, Christmas, and Midland Michigan. The Midland Daily News interviews Cathy about her childhood Christmases, with a nice slideshow. In a 180, Cathy has a new book coming out in Spring 2019 about her current view of life.       Howard Maier recalls his young adulthood. The library recently opened […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists and Comics in the News

CSotD: Rising to a Nasty Point of Personal Privilege

DD Degg has already covered the basics of the Overseas Press Club’s decision to unname their annual award for best political cartoonist. You can also find coverage at Bado’s blog, the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists’ report here and, if you have good eyesight and don’t mind scrolling way down to the bottom of an […]

Posted on: Dec 22, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

The New Yorker Looks Back on a Year of Trump Cartoons

The New Yorker has published “Trump in 2018: A Cartoon Review” which seems incredibly self-explanatory. Click here for the review.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment