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Archives for September, 2019

CSotD: Here We Go!

Marshall Ramsey captures the moment, and I suppose I should have headlined today’s posting “And Away We Go!” to match his caption, but I remember a standup on Short Attention Span Theater talking about working at an amusement park and how maddening it was after just a few days to hear people say “Here we […]

Posted on: Sep 25, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Terry Beatty Interviewed About the Good Dr. Rex

Susan Gerbic: [Rex Morgan, M.D.] was created by Dr. Nicholas Dallis and has been in print for over seventy years. I believe you became involved as the artist in 2013 and took over the writing as well in 2016. Beatty: Yes, I had been drawing the Sunday adventures of The Phantom for King Features for […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Terry Beatty Interviewed About the Good Dr. Rex

The Debt That All Cartoonists Owe to Peanuts

It’s not the skill of the drawing, or the lines, or the lettering, or the funny words that make a strip work. Timing is the life force of comics. Without a sensitivity to the rhythms and the music—a.k.a. the reality—of life, a comic strip will arrive D.O.A., nothing more than a bunch of dumb pictures. […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Debt That All Cartoonists Owe to Peanuts

Front Lines: Political Cartooning and the Battle for Freedom of Speech

If you are headed to the AAEC Convention/CXC Festival be sure to pick up this limited edition, soon-to-be-collectors’-item book available only there this weekend. As the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists tweeted: Politico’s [Matt Wuerker] & a slew of guest cartoonists have put together a book that ties into “Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists & the […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, book, Cartoons, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Front Lines: Political Cartooning and the Battle for Freedom of Speech

Laurie Mitchell – RIP

  Artist, author, cartoonist Laurie Mitchell has passed away. Laurie L. Mitchell (aka Lori Jackman) ca. 1957/58 – September 14, 2019   From the obituary: On her return [from Europe] she worked as assistant manager at the Towne West B. Dalton Bookseller for 10 years before retiring to pursue her art. She sculpted in papier […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Greeting Cards, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Laurie Mitchell – RIP

CSotD: Madmen with sticks

If a madman were to come into this room with a stick in his hand, no doubt we should pity the state of his mind; but our primary consideration would be to take care of ourselves. We should knock him down first, and pity him afterwards. — Samuel Johnson Jeff Stahler gives the most succinct […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Madmen with sticks

Another Mental Monday: Pearls, Peanuts, Potpourri

Mike has mentioned the ever-shifting English language as displayed in today’s Pearls. So I’ll just point to the June 16, 1958 Peanuts comic strip as the inspiration: That is really the middle of a ten day arc. Start on June 9, 1958 and read through. Milking it for all it’s worth; today’s Agnes is going […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Another Mental Monday: Pearls, Peanuts, Potpourri

CSotD: Monday Recipes

I’m mostly sharing this week’s Mo because if Ann Telnaes is going to stick me with this earworm, I’m gonna pass it along like mumps. I’m sympathetic to vegetarians, but I’m unconvinced by the faux hamburger everyone’s going on about. It’s not a luxury, but it’s not cheap. I suppose if we all bought it, […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

CSotD: Paradoxes, dilemmas and flat out lies

Signe Wilkinson riffs on the recent report saying that our bird population has dropped by over a quarter since 1970, listing a number of ways in which birds die, though not, apparently, the Big One. The study itself is behind a paywall, but reading the reports from NPR and the Washington Post, the major problem […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2019,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

A MAD World for How Much Longer?

MAD Magazine #10, the last (for now) all-new issue, will soon hit the stands. Bloody-Disgusting.com previews the MAD #10 cover, and Sergio Aragonés’ A MAD Look at Alfred Hitchcock Movies. As mentioned this is the last ALL-NEW issue of MAD. Tom Richmond expands: There are a lot of rumors going around that MAD is ceasing […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on A MAD World for How Much Longer?

Once More Unto The Breach- Jake Tapper & Dilbert

Three years ago Scott Adams and Jake Tapper partnered on a week of Dilbert comic strip dailies. That week of strips, with Jake as cartoonist, can be read here.   above: Dilbert by Jake Tapper, and Jake Tapper by Tom Richmond Now Scott and Jake are set to repeat the collaboration. Three years ago, when […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Once More Unto The Breach- Jake Tapper & Dilbert

CSotD: Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

There are a lot of environmental cartoons out there and perhaps there is some shift in public perception. However, I’m not prepared to say “Now they get it!” until I see more proof. But Pat Bagley lays out the situation without predicting what will happen next, and he’s on firm ground. Let’s begin with the […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Updates…Updates…Updates

Updating some recent posts.   The Knight Life Ends. Keith Knight uses The K Chronicles to confirm the ending of The Knight Life.   The Knight Life Still Runs Above is The Knight Life running in this weekend’s Stars and Stripes newspaper. It is a repeat of the first 2019 Sunday strip. I don’t know […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Updates…Updates…Updates

CSotD: Friday Funnies and Some Deja Vu

We’ll start with a couple of story arcs you should simply go read:   Off the Mark has been exploring the Aging App. I don’t recall Mark Parisi doing a lot of story arcs in the past, and, in fact, I don’t recall this feature being anything but one-offs. However, this is well-done, fun stuff […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Comic Strip: A Gloriously American Institution

James Jeffrey, for The American Conservative, appreciates the comic strip. The newspaper comic strip section is a particularly and peculiarly American institution. I can’t deny that, being British, when I open the special Sunday edition comic pull-out—six pages’ worth, and all in color!—I feel a twinge of self-consciousness. But I also won’t deny that I […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strip: A Gloriously American Institution