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Updating some recent posts.   The Knight Life Ends. Keith Knight uses The K Chronicles to confirm the ending of The Knight Life.   The Knight Life Still Runs Above is The Knight Life running in this weekend’s Stars and Stripes newspaper. It is a repeat of the first 2019 Sunday strip. I don’t know […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2019,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies and Some Deja Vu

We’ll start with a couple of story arcs you should simply go read:   Off the Mark has been exploring the Aging App. I don’t recall Mark Parisi doing a lot of story arcs in the past, and, in fact, I don’t recall this feature being anything but one-offs. However, this is well-done, fun stuff […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Strip: A Gloriously American Institution

James Jeffrey, for The American Conservative, appreciates the comic strip. The newspaper comic strip section is a particularly and peculiarly American institution. I can’t deny that, being British, when I open the special Sunday edition comic pull-out—six pages’ worth, and all in color!—I feel a twinge of self-consciousness. But I also won’t deny that I […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Univ. Tennessee Gets Paige Braddock Archives

The University of Tennessee Libraries has acquired the papers of critically acclaimed cartoonist and distinguished UT alum (Knoxville ’85) Paige Braddock. The Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives now holds an ample collection of black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings, cover art, watercolors, print proofs, and thousands of original pen-and-pencil panel drawings, covering Braddock’s work from […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

The Battle of the Century

So what fight was the actual Battle of the Century? Jack Johnson and James J. Jeffries? Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier? Captain Easy and Bull Dawson? Maybe Stan Laurel and Noah Young: All contenders, but contenders only. The Battle of the (20th) Century was precipitated by the introduction of Bluto on September 12, 1932. above: […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, King Features, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Is Chickenhawk-By-Proxy a thing?

“The war now is away back in the past, and you can tell what books cannot. When you talk, you come down to the practical realities just as they happened. … There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell. You can bear this […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Cartooning and Caring for Kids

Among the many things that the National Cartoonists Society organizes is Cartooning For Kids. The good deeds are emulated by NCS Chapters across the nation and the continent. But it doesn’t stop there, individual cartoonists have a passion for children in need of a smile. Greg Cravens is a fine example of one such cartoonist. […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Long Story Short – A Daniel Beyer Profile

“Nothing beats great stand-up comedy. Sit-down comedy comes close, and I guess that’s what I do,” says Hales Corners’ Daniel Beyer of his work creating his six-days weekly newspaper comic feature, “Long Story Short.” LSS is distributed by the Creators news syndicate, and Beyer believes his frames of funny are a good match for many […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Rebooted ‘Boondocks’ Given Two-Season Order from HBO Max

Multiple sources including Deadline are reporting that Aaron McGruder’s “The Boondocks” is being rebooted and has been given a two-season (24 episode) order from HBO Max.        

Posted on: Sep 18, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Opinions, and other things everyone has

I’ve got nothing against Steve Breen and am only using his cartoon because he makes a specific claim that can be argued against. The more-than-half-a-dozen other cartoons on the topic simply accuse the New York Times of being incompetent and rushing to be unfair to Brett Kavanaugh without actually explaining how. When someone screams “I […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

The 2020 Reubens – in Kansas City, in June

Word on the street is that the National Cartoonists Society 2020 Reuben Awards Weekend will be held the first weekend in June 2020 and in Kansas City, Missouri. (A cautionary note: neither the date nor the place has been confirmed.) The 2019 NCSFest and Reuben Awards Dinner broke the recent tradition of holding the convention […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

2019 Ringo Award Nominees – Comic Strip Division

The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics. The nomination ballot is determined by fans and pros alike. The third annual awards return as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con. Top honors will be announced Saturday, October 19, 2019. As […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2019,  Section: Awards, Comic Books, Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Cartoonist Emil Abrahamian is Newsworthy at 93

Cartoonist Emil Abrahamian was featured on the local news back in July 2019 when he was 92, since that time he has celebrated his 93rd birthday. Watch via YouTube. Looking Good, Emil!   Below: Emil’s National Cartoonists Society mini-bio card.     to the NCS Twitter feed.        

Posted on: Sep 17, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Illustration, Interviews, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 0 Comments

Lee Salem – Tributes and Respect (updated)

Lee served as editor and then president of Universal Press Syndicate, now called Andrews McMeel Syndication. In his nearly four decades at Universal, he is credited with editing and developing some of the iconic comic strips of our time, including Calvin and Hobbes, Cathy, Cul-de-Sac, Doonesbury, The Far Side and For Better or for Worse. […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

On the 90th Anniversary Popeye Watch

Literally – a 90th anniversary Popeye wristwatch. Bamford London is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Popeye with the release of a new collaborative watch. The watch is made alongside the cartoon’s owner King Features, which has graced Bamford London’s GMT model with Popeye motifs throughout its design. Channeling the nautical theme synonymous with Popeye, the […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, King Features, Licensing, Comments: 0 Comments