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Steenz Interviewed on NPR’s ‘Here & Now’

WBUR’s “Here and Now” interviews the new cartoonist for “Heart of the City,” Christina “Steenz” Stewart. From the WBUR site: Christina “Steenz” Stewart is one of the few women of color to draw a daily nationally syndicated comic strip now that she’s taken over “Heart of the City” — a comic about a white girl growing up in […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Steenz Interviewed on NPR’s ‘Here & Now’

Jim Borgman, Class of ’76

Zits cartoonist Jim Borgman relives the past. “I really do believe that Kenyon gave [me] a curiosity about the world, a sort of devil’s advocate voice, challenging assumptions,” he said. “I don’t know how they did it, but I really do think my teachers did that for me. It served me not only as a […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Jim Borgman, Class of ’76

CSotD: The Very Model of a Trump Inspector General

I keep Michael Ramirez on my list of cartoonists to read because, while we often disagree on politics, we sometimes don’t, and, as a true conservative, he’s on the side of the angels with this commentary on Trump’s serial firing of inspectors general. Okay, we disagree on how to form the plural, but machs nix: […]

Posted on: May 20, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: The Very Model of a Trump Inspector General

Cartoonists at the Video Shop

Cartoonists are interviewed and/or showcase drawing skills, recorded on video. Last Week a Today show segment discussed historic events as seen in comic strips, highlighting Lalo Alcaraz and La Cucaracha.   Watch as Wisconsin State Journal editorial cartoonist Phil Hands walks viewers through his creative process as he draws his latest Mendota Marsh cartoon.   […]

Posted on: May 19, 2020,  Section: Animation, Cartooning, Comic strips, Interviews, video, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Provocative Women

We’ll take a break for a review of what I’m going to call a “provocative book,” a graphic history of the women’s suffrage movement through the eyes, and pens, of 32 female cartoonists. And let me start by recommending you buy a copy: You can purchase a PDF now or preorder a print version (August […]

Posted on: May 19, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comments: 9 Comments

A History of Pandemics on the Funny Pages

Comics historian Michael Tisserand takes a look at the current crop of coronavirus comic strips, with a particular eye on Curtis. The first widely syndicated newspaper comic to address COVID-19 was Bill Hinds’ “Tank McNamara,” a sports-themed strip that had to contend with the sudden absence of professional sports. “Curtis” followed shortly after. Cartoonist Stephan […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on A History of Pandemics on the Funny Pages

Pickles Past 30; Brian, Earl, and Opal Past 70

Earlier this year saw the 30th anniversary of the Pickles comic strip by Brian Crane. John Cutter for the Lake Sentinel edition of the Orlando Sentinel interviewed Brian. [John Cutter] called Crane recently at his home in Reno, Nevada to talk about drawing the strip since 1990, when a lifelong love of drawing and a […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Pickles Past 30; Brian, Earl, and Opal Past 70

The Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Calvin and Hobbes Tattoos

  Even as their presence in our pop culture wanes, the truly iconic comic strips live forever. “Calvin and Hobbes” is one of the heavy hitters, still beloved 25 years after it ended.  Many of the people who grew up loving Bill Watterson’s tale of a precocious young boy with an overactive imagination and his […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Animated Baby Blues 2nd Season You’ll Never See

From the Bubble Blabber (“Cartoons Covered”): Last week we wrote a piece with producer Toby Jones Tweeting an inside source claiming to have knowledge about the whereabouts of the second season of the animated series adaptation of Baby Blues. In short, Toby’s source claims that the second season of Baby Blues had never moved beyond pre-production. Baby Blues […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Animated Baby Blues 2nd Season You’ll Never See

Meredith College Commencement Speech Features ‘Frazz’

The President of Meredith College in North Carolina is apparently a comics’ fan. At 1:21 of Jo Allen’s commencement speech to the students, she brings up the backstory of Jef Mallett’s ‘Frazz’ and cites the dialogue from the April 17, 2020 comic.

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Meredith College Commencement Speech Features ‘Frazz’

Phil Hands on Gannett Furlough; Bruce Plante Too?

Phil Hands and the Wisconsin State Journal have announced that Phil is on furlough this week. From the Wisconsin State Journal: Phil Hands will be on furlough this week, but you can get caught up with his recent editorial cartoons in this gallery. From Phil’s Twitter feed: I’m taking a week of furlough and won’t […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartoon Art Museum Auction Continues with Keith Knight, Scott Morse

The Cartoon Art Museum fundraising auction rolls on with two pieces that have had a nice bit of action on their bidding. The first is by cartoonist and sitcom creator Keith Knight and the second by Pixar story supervisor and “Magic Pickle” graphic novel series’ author Scott Morse.   Click here to see Scott’s piece. […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoon Art Museum Auction Continues with Keith Knight, Scott Morse

Matt Wuerker Talks to Mike Lester on Politico’s ‘Punchlines’

From the Politico site: In this episode of PUNCHLINES, Matt Wuerker interviews Mike Lester, one of the featured cartoonists in this week’s Politico Cartoon Carousel. They discuss Obamagate and Mike being one of the few conservative cartoonists in the industry.

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Monday Cleanup

Francis starts us off today with a bit of philosophy, as Brother Leo expounds on the difference between stupidity and simplicity. The cartoon pope, who began at a time when the real one was starting his administration, has remained far less tied down with bureaucracy and precedence than the real one appears to be, but […]

Posted on: May 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Lazin’ On a Sunday Afternoon

Frazz and Lola synchronicity on a Sunny Afternoon. What are the chances? As Frazz implies better this time of year than the dead of Winter.   Blasphemy on the Comics Page. The Exodus Chapter 3 recording of Moses meeting with God on Mount Sinai is one of the most important events in Judaism and Christianity. […]

Posted on: May 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments