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CSotD: Peace on Earth, if you can keep it

Christmas a century ago, as we’ll see, featured many of the same holiday comic strip themes as today, but, as Gustavo Bronstrup’s Christmas cartoon suggests, there was a different tone in a nation barely six weeks out of the Great War.   As E. A. Bushnell reminded readers, the end of the war was not […]

Posted on: Dec 25, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Potpourri & Popeye

Let’s get the political piece out of the way first: In today’s Non Sequitur, Wiley Miller comments on the new rules for press briefings at the White House. I’m okay with the new format, not because it’s a victory for press freedom, of course, except to the degree that it is. I don’t believe in […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

The (Air) Pirated Mickey Mouse

  This is the story of five kids and a mouse. It begins with a boy—Dan O’Neill, who, at 21, became one of the youngest syndicated cartoonists… Before long, he met up with 20-year-old Bobby London and 23 year-old Ted Richards at the Berkley Tribe… 25-year-old artist named Gary Hallgren, who at that time had […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2018,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comments: 1 Comment

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Seuss

  You’ve probably been pronouncing “Seuss” wrong. Sorry, but Seuss is not pronounced “Soose.” Instead, Dr. Seuss and his family, who emigrated to the US from Bavaria, pronounce the name “Zoice.”     Seuss collected hats, won a Pulitzer Prize, coined the word ‘nerd’, and more. Marilyn La Jeunesse and Insider present the above and […]

Posted on: Nov 15, 2018,  Section: Animation, Cartooning, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip of the Day: The Origins of the Great Pumpkin

There were a lot of cartoons today about the grownups eating the candy and other stalwarts of the season, which kind of made me think maybe after five or six years cartoonists should stop drawing Halloween cartoons and simply rotate the ones in their archives. Halloween cartoons are like obituary cartoons: They’re expected, but they’re […]

Posted on: Oct 31, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: The Demands of Mourning

Paul Fell notes the futility of “Moments of Silence” followed by “Months of Inaction,” which puts his piece head-and-shoulders above the multitude of “We’re So Sad” cartoons currently out there. There are times when all you can say is “We’re So Sad,” and editorial cartoonists have an obligation to mirror those moments for the nation […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Covering the News as Sports

There’s nothing much new in the commentary on the bombing attempts, though Michael Cavna has a nice roundup of editorial cartoons on the topic. However, here’s an oddity I came across while poking around in the archives to see how the Wall Street Bombing of 1920 was covered. Some of what I came across wasn’t […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Strip of the Day: The Sound of Distant Laughter

It isn’t really anywhere; It’s somewhere else instead. — A.A. Milne Jamestown is probably classified as “Western New York,” though it has many aspects of “The Southern Tier,” as well, both of which are good things. You can get beef on weck there and you’ll see rolling hills and, in about another week, some good […]

Posted on: Oct 1, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

NEMO: The Classic Comics Library Returns!!

Fantastic news for fans of comics and cartooning – Rick Marschall is announcing the return of the highly revered comic strip and cartoonist history magazine of the 1980s. nemo: the classic comics library is returning with Rick Marschall as editor! Rick’s full announcement as posted July 16, 2018 on the Yahoo Platinum Age Comics Group […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments

Allan Holtz blows up Comic Strip History

One hundred years ago, November 1918, saw the debut of Gasoline Alley. So in this celebratory centennial of Gasoline Alley, the oldest comic strip still in new production (is Jim Scancarelli still producing new material?), comics historian Allan Holtz has a shocking new revelation. Updating the history of Chic Jackson’s Roger Bean comic strip Allan […]

Posted on: May 10, 2018,  Section: Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments

Original Tintin art sold for $1.2 million in Hong Kong

An original 1936 original art piece by Belgian cartoonist Herge for a Tintin comic has fetched $1.2 million at a Hong Kong auction. According to the BBC, it is the only original from the book The Blue Lotus. The Asian people do take their cartoon art seriously.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comments: 1 Comment

King Features celebrates 100 years in syndication

King Features celebrates 100 years in syndication this year. During the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards weekend, they paneled a session on comic history at the Library of Congress. Here’s the video of that discussion.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Johnny Hart’s B.C. comic starts from the beginning today at GoComics

As of today, you can start reading Johnny Hart’s B.C. from the very first comic (see below) over on GoComics. The reboot of the comic is being called Back to B.C. The current story-line B.C. by Johnny’s grandson Mason Mastroianni is still available too.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Johnny Hart’s B.C. comic starts from the beginning today at GoComics

King Features to celebrate 100 years with 16 full-color broadsheet supplement to papers

King Features is celebrating its 100th year this November by printing and distributing a full-color collectable supplement to newspapers. The supplement will be 16 broadsheet pages with comics through its long history along with articles about the strips. I’ll let you know more details when they become available.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2015,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Check out the 1980’s Fantistic Funnies tv show with your fav newspaper comics

Charles Brubaker has posted a fascinating piece over at Cartoon Research about the 1980’s ?The Fantastic Funnies? television show wherein actress Loni Anderson, best known for WKRP in Cincinnati, introduces and talks to cartoon characters from newspaper comics of the day. Here’s the intro video. Charles has posted seven other YouTube videos from that program […]

Posted on: Aug 11, 2015,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments