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The Glorious Fourth

Earlier today Old Man Peterson showed some 4th of July comics from his youth. But I’m a young Hep Cat, so here’s some comic strips from today’s papers. These days daily comics come with color so The Fourth landing on a Saturday doesn’t disallow for a red, white, and blue fireworks display. Dustin and Dennis […]

Posted on: Jul 4, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Sunday, July 4, 1920

A century ago, July 4 fell on a Sunday, which provides some long-form comics. Oddly enough, it provides only a limited amount of holiday hoopla, and I didn’t find a lot of Independence Day graphics to brighten up the place. Instead, Page Ones were covering the Democratic Convention, which, as this Boston Globe Extra explains, […]

Posted on: Jul 4, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies – This time it’s personal

Let’s begin this very personal saunter through the funnies with a self-own in the form of this Bizarro. Back in my Struggling Author days, I dwelt in the land of D-level rejection: My novel manuscript would often come back with a personal — rather than a pre-printed — letter, but never the kind that asked […]

Posted on: Jul 3, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Three-Word Answer: A Heartfelt Q&A with Dave Whamond

On today’s “Three-Word Answer” we talked with award-winning cartoonist, illustrator and children’s author Dave Whamond. The pen, heart and mind behind more than 50 books, Dave’s also been creating his syndicated comic panel “Reality Check” since 1995. An Alberta, Canada native, Dave has been called “one helluva guy” by too many people to count. If […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Happy 90th to Al Wiesner

Al Wiesner was born on July 2, 1930. Albert S. Wiesner didn’t jump into the comics scene as a youngster. He served in the U.S.A.F. and then earned a living as a women’s hairdresser. But always having an itch for cartooning. Finally, in the mid-1980s, Al took the plunge. “I had said to my wife, […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Life in the Idiocracy

Let’s begin apolitically, with this Greg Kearney depiction of the woman who was gored by a bison a few days ago at Yellowstone. Last time I was at Yellowstone, I passed a jogger, then came over a hill and saw a herd of bison, so I slowed down until the jogger caught up so that […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

James Allen and Mark Trail Take Different Paths

Cartoonist James Allen disclosed today that he will be leaving the Mark Trail comic strip. On his Adventures Group Facebook page James revealed: “Tis true – Mark Trail and I have parted ways. The strip will continue with a bit of a new direction! For the most part, I had a good time doing it, […]

Posted on: Jun 30, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 16 Comments

New Stuff From Gary Larson and The Far Side

GoComics has announced that “new stuff” is coming from cartoonist Gary Larson. When The Far Side website premiered last Winter Fall there were hints that Gary would not only present the old cartoons but also publish new creations. It seems that will be the case in July. As for what the “new stuff” will be […]

Posted on: Jun 30, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

No White Privilege for Scott Adams

Cartoonist and social media maven (he’s been retweeted by President Trump) Scott Adams has created a twitterstorm in responding to a tweet and claiming reverse racism. “I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience. That was the third job I lost for being white. The […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Controversies, Television, Comments: 2 Comments

Paper & Modesty Blaise Called Racially Insensitive

Warning: The following item deals with racial insensitivity and contains slurs that are offensive. The West Australian newspaper, located in Perth, reran a 1971 Modesty Blaise comic strip in its Monday, June 29, 2020 edition and is now taking heat for printing a strip that is seen as outrageously insensitive. From Pedestrian TV: The West […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 3 Comments

Tonight! Lalo Alcaraz Featured in ‘Art is Power’ Discussion on Social Justice

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and Lalo Alcaraz are conducting a virtual discussion tonight (6/29) entitled “Art is Power.”  From the Facebook page for the event: WHAT: IMMI’ARTivism – a conversation about art imitating life with three influential artists and how their work relates to activism and social justice. WHO: […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Schulz Museum to Host ‘Exploring Intersectional Identities through Queer Comics’ Discussion

The Charles M. Schulz Museum is hosting a July 27th virtual discussion with cartoonists on “how their work explores marginalized identities and self-discovery.” Participants include Maia Kobabe, Ajuan Mance, and Bishakh Som. Maia Kobabe: Kobabe’s autobiography, Gender Queer, is a 2020 ALA Alex Award winner and Stonewall-Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award Honor Book. Ajuan Mance: Mance is a professor […]

Posted on: Jun 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Jumpers

Ed Hall delights me with a combination of political insight and zoological accuracy. The concept of lemmings leaping off the cliff in mass suicides is so deeply embedded in our consciousness that, for political cartoonists, it’s as basic an element as very small, sandy desert islands with one palm tree are for comic strippers. It’s […]

Posted on: Jun 28, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

The Latest MAD Sadness

Tom Richmond has been one of “the usual gang of idiots” for 20 years, and that may be the limit for his usual idiosyncratic contributions to MAD. Tom’s latest news about the historic satire magazine brings summertime blues: MAD #15 is due to be released in August and will contain some new material. Back in […]

Posted on: Jun 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Incurable Grump Edition

First, some good news: At a time when political cartoonists are under increasing pressure to toe the company line, the new website at the Buffalo News announces that Adam Zyglis is under no such restraint: At least, I’m going to assume that’s what it means. (That would be Adam “One Shed” Zyglis, not to be […]

Posted on: Jun 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments