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Archives for February, 2020

CSotD: 401ks, SoBs and the jive in the java

Fears of the coronavirus sent the Dow into a freefall, as Rob Rogers depicts it. Though let’s keep our values straight here. The fact that many people are very sick and quite a few of them are dying isn’t what made the bull market fall. It’s the fact that factories in China are closing to […]

Posted on: Feb 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

Crankshaft Replaces Retail in AIM Media Papers

The Pomeroy Daily Sentinel is reporting that Crankshaft will replace the Retail comic strip in a few AIM Media Midwest newspapers: If you like your newspaper’s comic strips locally sourced along with your produce, you’re in luck. Starting this week, The Daily Sentinel, Gallipolis Daily Tribune and Point Pleasant Register, is picking up “Crankshaft,” written […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Monday Roundup

Before I forget: We’ve had a couple of additions to our list of Patreon and similar fundraisers for cartoonists. If there’s someone whose work you appreciate, here’s where you can find out how to show that appreciation. Now, on with the show: I mentioned recently that it’s hard to produce a multi-panel political cartoon that […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Norm Feuti’s Retail Closing – update (closed)

original January 19, 2020 item: Norm Feuti has announced that he is ending his Retail comic strip. After a little more than 14 years, I’ve decided to retire my comic strip, RETAIL. The final installment will run on Sunday, February 23, 2020. I’ve been lucky in recent years to have multiple opportunities creating children’s books, […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

Sunday Funnies and Winter Weirdness

It is strange the inordinate amount of time it took me to figure out how they transmogrified the Prince Valiant half page into a tabloid page. Far longer than it should have.     Frazz, B.C., and Over The Hedge, on weird winters.         I mentioned last week about James Allen‘s new […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Sunday Funnies and Winter Weirdness

Newspaper Apologises for Transphobic Cartoon

The Morning Star, a British daily, apologized Sunday for a cartoon it ran Tuesday: The Morning Star apologises unreservedly for the publication last Tuesday of a cartoon which was offensive to trans people. The cartoon had not been authorised for publication and its appearance in the print edition represents a failure to follow our own […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Newspaper Apologises for Transphobic Cartoon

Rhymes Replaces Retail, Elsewhere Others-update

original February 17 item: In The New Mexican Rhymes With Orange will move into Feuti’s Retail space. The comic strip Retail, a fixture on The New Mexican‘s daily comics page for years, is closing up shop. Saturday’s strip will mark the end of Retail‘s daily syndication run after more than 14 years. The strip’s creator, […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Nous réparons à zéro

Lio may be on the right track. One advantage of a parliamentary system is that elections can be called anytime but then they only last a few weeks. Yes, Brexit went on — has gone on — forever, but that’s an exception. Under a parliamentary system, the Democrats and Republicans would each choose a party […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

James Thurber‘s first drawings appeared in the The New Yorker dated ninety years ago today. In the New Yorker issue dated February 22, 1930 a short James Thurber contribution included two illustrations, the first Thurber drawings to appear in the magazine. [James Thurber’s words first appeared in the February 26, 1927 New Yorker, but since […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – James Thurber & The New Yorker

Society of Illustrators 2020 Hall of Fame

The Society of Illustrators has announced their 2020 Hall of Fame Laureates. Among this year’s inductees are a couple with comics backgrounds.   2020 Hall of Fame Inductee: Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (Mœbius) French artist, writer, and cartoonist Jean Henri Gaston Giraud garnered worldwide acclaim under the pseudonyms Mœbius and Gir. Born in the suburbs […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Society of Illustrators 2020 Hall of Fame

Snoopy Deletes Controversial Franklin Tweet

Snoopy (Peanuts Workdwide LLC) tweeted out a message to Franklin this morning and then quickly deleted it as some found it offensive (racist). The tweet was deleted so quickly that Truth or Fiction took it up, explaining the trouble: The phrase “You’re one of the good ones” is a backhanded compliment often proffered in racist […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Idiot Plots and Tangled Knots

We’ll lead off today with a Juxtaposition of the Day (Retail) (Rob Rogers) Transposed like this, the connection between the penultimate Retail strip and Rob Rogers’ piece of Bill Barr is more obvious than I expected it to be. Back in the glory days of PBS, Ebert & Siskel used to criticize what they called […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Nick Cuti – RIP

Cartoonist Nicola Cuti has passed away. Nicola (Nick) Cuti October 29, 1944 – February 21, 2020   News of Nick’s passing was made public on his Facebook page: Legendary comic creator Nicola Cuti, whose career has spanned over fifty years, has died. Sources close to the family have reported that Cuti passed in Tampa on […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies, shaken, not stirred

Arlo plays the old gaffer yet again. I was going to make a joke about how “Seven O’Clock Straight Up” means “without ice,” but, then again, we’re living in a world where people assume a martini is made with vodka. And I grew up in a world in which not only is a martini, by […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Friday Funnies, shaken, not stirred

David Fitzsimmons on The State of Cartooning

When I opened my annual “American Association of Editorial Cartoonists Notebook”, our trade journal, the bell tolled for my profession, page by page, cartoonist by cartoonist. The Golden Age of Oliphant, MacNelly and Paul Conrad is long gone. This year our annual AAEC convention will convene in Ottawa with our Canadian colleagues because our numbers […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2020,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Newspaper industry, Comments: 24 Comments