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Executive Editor Diana Smith No Longer at King Features

We’re hearing from sources that Executive Editor Diana Smith is no longer at King Features. Details of the move are not known but Ms. Smith’s LinkedIn profile seems to confirm.    

Posted on: Nov 20, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Wayne Stayskal – RIP

Editorial and comic strip cartoonist Wayne Stayskal has passed away. WAYNE STAYSKAL December 11, 1931 – November 20, 2018 Columnist and friend Cal Thomas broke the news: Google “Great American Political Cartoonists” and you will undoubtedly find the late Herbert Block (aka “Herblock”) of The Washington Post, (Paul) Conrad of the Los Angeles Times, Michael […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2018,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Daily Republic Comics – Rock and Hard Place

  The Solano County/Fairfield (California) Daily Republic is adjusting to economic realities: It costs a great deal of money to report, write, illustrate, design and ultimately pull that local news and information together for each day’s print edition. The changes we have made – and continue to make – keep the focus on what’s local. […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Thought-provoking Foolishness

Today’s Agnes is just plain silly, but it made me laugh because, I thought, there probably is a reason for the poofy hats, only I just looked it up and the reason, as I kind of suspected, is a combination of tradition, pretension and dubious folklore. But it put me in mind of the National […]

Posted on: Nov 20, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Never Was Comic Strips – This Is the Week to Remember

  By the early 1960s Wally Wood was a known comic artist. His EC science fiction and MAD work was hailed. Early on he was good enough to draw Will Eisner’s The Spirit and spell Frank Frazetta on the Ace McCoy comic strip. His fantasy illustrations for pulps and his adventure sequences for the Valor […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Having Faith in Gasoline Alley

  This coming weekend Gasoline Alley will celebrate its 100th anniversary, having first appeared November 24, 1918 in the Saturday edition of The Chicago Sunday Tribune. The writer-artist behind the ongoing strip today is Jim Scancarelli of Charlotte, N.C. He is just the fourth cartoonist to [sign] the comic.   The North Michigan Christian Voice […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

The Shaming of Gary Larson

A guest columnist at the Journal-Advocate of Sterling, Colorado, attempts to guilt Gary Larson into bringing “The Far Side” back From the column: For many in my generation, we relied upon Gary Larson to give us a daily inoculation against cynicism. Larson was cutting edge, but never mean spirited, and his ability to find the […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Monday Restart

Ed Hall is right, and so was I. The problem is climate change, but people are still seizing on the one remark in which Trump — for maybe the first time in his life — got something right. Still, as Hall notes, good forest management can’t overcome climate change, even if the nitwit who recommends […]

Posted on: Nov 19, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Trump has a Gore/Quayle moment

You may recall when Al Gore claimed that he invented the Internet and everyone giggled. It became a punchline, and Gore was branded a liar. Except that he hadn’t made the claim and, besides, he genuinely had been a significant sponsor of legislation to advance its development. And Vice President Dan Quayle, on a classroom […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Mixed Bag

I don’t expect a coherent theme to emerge today, so we’ll start with a Tank McNamara of great social significance and then see what’s next. I remember when, back well before the Internet or anything like it, the Sporting News would show up on the doorstep with its analysis of the most recent World Series […]

Posted on: Nov 17, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Dilbert’s Scott Adams Talks

  Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz interviews American cartoonist Scott Adams, who captured the dysfunction of the modern workplace in his long-running comic strip “Dilbert.” Adams has also written several works of satire, commentary and business analysis, including “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life” […]

Posted on: Nov 16, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Jim Toomey and College Professor Create Short Film Series

Jim “Sherman’s Lagoon” Toomey and University of Georgia Professor Samantha Joye have partnered to produce a kids’ film series on the importance of healthy oceans. From the story:  “The Adventures of Zack and Molly” follows the story of a young man who is more interested in the small world of his smartphone than the larger […]

Posted on: Nov 16, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Strip of the Day: Friday Funnies

But first this … When I drop subtle hints that newspaper editors are cloth-eared, humorless dweebs who ought not to be in charge of selecting comics, here’s how it comes down elsewhere in the paper. Back in the days when papers had budgets, editors would have conventions where they’d make stupid collective decisions, like the […]

Posted on: Nov 16, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Free GoComics Premium Membership (temporarily)

  GoComics is offering free GoComics Premium membership as a trial.     Everyone knows that one of the keys to a happy, successful life is to Read Comics Every Day. That’s just common sense, right? And the easiest way to do that, of course, is to become a Premium member of GoComics.com. That’s why […]

Posted on: Nov 15, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

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