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Archives for September, 2021

“Public Spirit” by Charles Schulz (1962) is Trending

Well it’s trending on the spots I check in on. In early 1962 Charles Schulz and United Feature Syndicate distributed to newspapers a Sunday format pseudo-Peanuts comic strip promoting the preeminent news source of the time. The promo ran in late January or early February on weekdays in black and white or on Sundays in […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Good News, but with footnotes

Ann Telnaes notes some bad news coming out of Afghanistan, as the Taliban shows how empty its promises of respecting women turned out to be. She does well to point out the dismal situation, but there’s a question as to whether it qualifies as news, since it seems to fall under the category of “What […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2021,  Section: Books, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

Dale Messick and Floyd Norman Included in 2021 Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame Inductees

Dale Messick and Floyd Norman are the comic artists inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame this year.       Known as the “Grand Dame of the Funnies,” Dale Messick … for creating the popular adventure comic strip Brenda Starr, Reporter. Debuting in June of 1940, it was an immediate hit. Each […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Garfield Thrown Out the Window

Everybody remembers Garfield Minus Garfield, where Garfield was edited out of his own comic strip. Now there is a new Garfield meme where a Garfield comic strip is edited by replacing the last panel with one specific shot. As a longtime favorite in the Sunday funny pages, Jim Davis’ Garfield has long been the subject of […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Hits and Misses

Timing is everything, and, when I first saw this Matt Wuerker (Politico) piece, I planned to feature it with an amusing discursion on Willie Sutton, who was something of a celebrity bank robber, in that, after serving his time, he popped up on the interview circuit. As it happens, he denied ever saying that he […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

The Tales of Tales of The Green Berets/Beret

    Robin Moore‘s book about The Green Berets in Vietnam was released in the Spring of 1965 and before that season was over it was hitting best seller lists. Before the years was over Robin Moore had written syndicated newspaper articles about the troops and Vietnam, the book would be issued in a mass […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Lynda Barry Teaches Cartooning to You and Me

Cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry is a favorite here at Open Culture. We’re always excited to share exercises from her books and intel on her classes at the University of Wisconsin, but nothing beats the warmth and humor of her live instruction… even when it’s delivered virtually. Last week, she took to Instagram to inform the fourteen lucky U of W students enrolled […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Robert Graysmith – Cartoonist, Detective, Author

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of Chester Gould, and I have a number of Dick Tracy originals hanging on my wall. They bring inspiration and a smile to me every day. For my upcoming birthday, my son [Aaron Smith] created a ‘DETECTIVE GRAYSMITH’ comicstrip in the same Dick Tracy style! […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Preserving Our Right Not To Know

The perceptive little girl in this Christopher Weyant cartoon asks an excellent question for which her father — judging by his expression — doesn’t have an excellent answer. “Read” the news, we can assume, is shorthand for “consuming” the news, for “paying attention to” the news. Actually reading the news has long been for those […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Sunday Psalms Synchronicity

© Grimmy Inc. The Comics are a visual media, words and images for the eye. But today a number of cartoonists used music to invade our brains. © Creators Syndicate Heathcliff (above) and Mother Goose and Grimm (top) give us a generic sense of sound. But others got more specific. Fittingly the British Andy Capp […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Stuff and Nonsense

What could be more nonsensical than a MAD parody of a non-existant TV western? How about a second MAD parody of that same non-existant TV show.     Tom Richmond and Andrew Secunda take on “Bounty Law” again, this time it will be part of the bonuses in the new hardback novelization of “Once Upon […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Magazines, webinar, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: You’re invited to a party in my pandemic

In Between Friends (KFS), Susan sometimes struggles with “older,” but she’s becoming more comfortable with “wiser,” which makes sense, since the phrase “older but wiser” suggests that the latter is compensation for the former. I prefer “older AND wiser,” and how sad if they don’t coincide. (There is, indeed, no fool like an old fool.) […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Tomorrow’s Comics Today

Most comic sites upload the new strips around midnight – GoComics, Comics Kingdom, Arcamax, and the like all do it around that time (give or take depending on your time zone). But Creators Syndicate fairly recently began giving us the next day’s comics around 5pm Eastern (2pm Pacific). For example Tony Cochran references The Lone […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Abroad Thoughts From Home

When Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese, Congress moved to allow 140,000 refugees to settle in the US, a number that swelled to about a million as boat people and other escapees came to our shores. My recollection of the times was that, while not everyone here was thrilled at the influx, the only overt […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Friday Fishwrap – Comic Strip Newsy Stuff

From Reed Brennan: Attention ZITS Clients: Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman are taking a two-week vacation. The dailies for the weeks of September 13-18 and September 20-25, 2021, and the Sundays for September 26 and October 3, 2021, are reader favorites that have been personally selected by Jerry and Jim. Thank you, King Features Editorial […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments