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Archives for July, 2019

Comics You’d MOST Like to See Return

Earlier this year the Ruston Daily Leader switched out some of their comic strips. Sounds like they had a few complaints. A few months ago, we changed the comics (or “funnies”) package that runs in the printed Ruston Daily Leader each day. We’ve heard much feedback from the community… So please take the time to check up […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Political Cartooning is Becoming a Lost Art

The famous 1,000-to-1 words-to-picture ratio may be understated when it comes to the political cartoon. A case can be made that public opinion has, over time, been more often shaped by these artists than by the words of their polemicist colleagues on the nation’s editorial pages. A salient political point made with humor can pack […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Political Cartooning is Becoming a Lost Art

Comic Strips Promote Harry’s Mystery Items

Harry’s, a UK-based toiletries company, has added comic strips to their mystery item program. Harry’s introduced the Mystery Item programme to their online retail experience in 2018, one year after the brand was founded. It has now become a permanent offer and has risen to become their second most popular product. Items that the customer […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, International, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strips Promote Harry’s Mystery Items

CSotD: Random Kvetching

I’m not prepared to anoint David Fitzsimmons as the next Nostradamus or even Jeanne Dixon, but he did run this cartoon before last night’s debates. I started to watch the debates, but the Jeopardy! format put me off. Actually, a Jeopardy! format might have been kind of fun: Each candidate could select a question from […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Comics 101

AMP Kids has reinvigorated their blog with a new series – Comics 101. Amp Kids is Andrews McMeel‘s publishing arm for young readers. Among others things they have recently started a more or less weekly series about Comics for Kids.   Why Comics are Great for Kids (and Libraries) The numbers speak for themselves: When […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2019,  Section: Blogs, Comic strips, Graphic Novels, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Comics 101

Disappointed in the Curtis Readers

On Friday, July 26 (above), Ray Billingsley started a story line in his Curtis comic strip. This week Ray introduced a new character.   My disappointment comes from, after two days of “Quincy Shearer,” none of the commenters mentioning the origin of that name. Quincy by Ted Shearer was a classic, and one of a […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Denying the Alligators

Bob Gorrell brings up a point that either side can run with. Obviously (well, obviously to me), there is nothing wrong with pointing out racism when it is (A) real and (B) a major factor in something. In fact, you’d be a fool not to, unless the racism is in your favor and you’re hoping […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Scott Adams Uses Shooting to Promote App

    Dilbert creator Scott Adams has sparked outrage by using yesterday’s Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting to promote his WhenHub app. The app allows regular citizens to become “video advisors” offering advice on any topic, for a fee, which will be paid in WHEN coins (currently valued at just over one cent). When anyone provides […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Off topic, Comments: Comments Off on Scott Adams Uses Shooting to Promote App

Spokesman-Review Comics History Centerspread

The Spokane Spokesman-Review on Sunday (July 28, 2019) gave readers a two-page color center spread in the their first news section to a look at the history of comics in the newspaper.   Put together by Charles Apple the piece opens with the purpose of comics: The first newspaper comic strips developed about 124 years […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Spokesman-Review Comics History Centerspread

CSotD: 600 Years Later, Worth Another Try

Matt Wuerker, I’m quite sure unintentionally, provides a catalyst for today’s political rant. I grew up on Hoppy and Cisco and other TV heroes who rode into town, confronted and defeated the bad guys, and then accepted the thanks of the grateful citizens and rode off into the sunset. However, as I grew older, I […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Newly Discovered – Davis’ Pre-Garfield Garfield

  It is pretty well-known, though seldom seen, that Gnorm Gnat was the strip Jim Davis created before Garfield. Gnorm Gnat ran in the Pendleton (Ind.) Times from around Spring 1973 to Christmas Day 1975.   We know he was assisting Tom K. Ryan on Tumbleweeds until 1978, now we know he was prepping Garfield […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Strip Rarity: Ribbons and Haywire

In 1979 Steve Carpenter, an artist for Hallmark Cards, Inc. created a curly haired dog for a greeting card. A Hallmark executive saw the drawing and thought it had possibilities … as a comic strip. Card companies had had a long association with comic characters. In 1960 Hallmark itself began a very successful relationship with […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: The Jay Leno Approach

Ed Wexler explains it all, again, clearly, for those who weren’t paying attention: Mueller testified to what was in the report, as he said he would. He was clear about this in the weeks leading up to his appearance, and he was quite clear about the limits of his testimony in the hearing itself: So […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

We’re All MAD Here (Paeans to the Magazine)

It really is not surprising how many cartoonists grew up with MAD magazine. On July 3, I lost a childhood friend who was the greatest influence in my cartooning career. Mad magazine is dead at 67. We first met in the magazine aisle of Danner’s five-and-dime store in Danville. It was June of 1969 and […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on We’re All MAD Here (Paeans to the Magazine)

Garfield Up For Auction

  Jim Davis, through Heritage Auctions, is offering up a bunch of 20th Century Garfield strips for bid – it is being called The Jim Davis Collection. The items are listed in auction #7211, which also includes a number of Charles Schulz Peanuts strips and the historically important tenth Prince Valiant Sunday page by Hal […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Garfield Up For Auction