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Prince Valiant Receives Title (Panel, that is)

Something had to be done. Eighty years ago it was pretty straightforward. Prince Valiant, in the Days of Hal Foster, was drawn and published as a full broadsheet page. Sure, there might have been some slicing and dicing, some pushing and squeezing to get it to fit as a full tabloid page. But more than […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip of the Day: Hoping for a Great Fall

(Arlo and Janis) (Real Life Adventures) So, yes, it’s autumn, as Arlo notes, though, as Real Life Adventures counters, not so’s you’d notice. The important thing around here is that we want a spectacular autumn and it’s a crap shoot each year. Sometimes, it’s just kind of blah. Sometimes, just as it’s looking really good, […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip of the Day: Friday Funnies

We’ll start this week’s Friday Funnies with Dogs of C Kennel and a tip for anyone thinking of adding a pup to their life. It’s kind of ironic that a strip set in a dog shelter would make a gag about purebreds, but they do occasionally show up there. I’m generally supportive of the move […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Confirmed: Olivia Jaimes to Appear at CXC

Tom Spurgeon, CXC Executive Director, has announced that Olivia Jaimes will attend the festival. CXC 2018 will be the first major festival appearance for Jaimes, who took over the legacy feature in May 2018. The sharp contrast between Jaimes’ efforts and then-recent Nancy strips brought a surge of attention to the cartoonist and the feature. […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Comic Strip of the Day: Giving It Their Awl

Ann Telnaes provides a textbook for those who want to learn, and some me-too style camaraderie for those who already know. Telnaes has one of the sharpest pens in the business, but this is not the time for wit or sarcasm, and she speaks here from the heart. A lot of the cartoons I’m seeing […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Make Room on Your Bookshelves

Doonesbury, Garfield, Star Wars, Peanuts, and more. This week’s releases include:   #SAD!: Doonesbury in the Time of Trump by G. B. Trudeau Featuring Doonesbury Sunday strips created since President Trump’s election. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist whose acclaimed Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump blew up the bestseller list, comes the sequel millions […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2018,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) Covers the Peanuts Hotel in Japan

The Bloomington, Illinois, newspaper has some coverage of the new Peanuts Hotel (with some good photos) that opened in Japan in early August. From the piece: The Peanuts Hotel opened Aug. 1, and it offers 18 rooms, a Peanuts Cafe and a Peanuts Diner. Each of the boutique hotel’s three floors has its own theme […]

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

Comic Strip of the Day: Random laffs

It has been reliably reported, though not officially announced, that mysteriously anonymous Nancy cartoonist Olivia Jaimes will be appearing at CXC in two weeks. If it’s a true reveal-and-talk rather than a stunt, it’s going to be interesting, but I can’t guarantee I’ll cover it, since it’s not on the conference schedule. I’m already missing […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Comic Strip of the Day: Last generation’s blues

Kal Kallaugher shared this 1991 cartoon on social media yesterday, and it was comforting in that it brought back the fury and anger of the way Anita Hill was treated, particularly by Arlen Specter, Alan Simpson and Orrin Hatch. Even those of us who remember the hearings have, I think, let the memories soften a […]

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

Washington Post Letter to Editor Cites ‘Prickly City’

A September 16th Letter to the Editor at the Washington Post cited a 2017 Prickly City as the source of writer’s formerly held political stance. From the letter: When last year’s flurry of kneeling and other protests during the national anthem at the start of National Football League games took off, my view was best […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Jason Chatfield to Compete on ‘Doodle Wars’

Fresh off his head-scratching performance as Selsun Blue’s Dandruff, “Ginger Meggs,” New Yorker and MAD Magazine cartoonist Jason Chatfield, will be a contestant on NBC Universal’s “Doodle Wars.”  

Posted on: Sep 17, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Strip of the Day: Legal Roundup

Today’s Mo offers a chance to update yesterday’s comments on the limited social skills of Catholic prep-school alums. The parallel between Kavanaugh and Thomas still holds up, but, now that Kavanaugh’s accuser has come forward and elaborated on her story, the specifics have made the parallel less direct. While I’m not going to get into […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Peanuts: The Defining Comic Strip of Our Time

Feature article by Matt Blitz at Today I Found Out on Peanuts becoming the popular comic strip it is. [W]hen the comic strip first appeared in the 1950s, [Snoopy] and his Peanut friends were considered, to quote Time Magazine’s David Michaels, “the fault-line of a cultural earthquake” due to the way the comic depicted life, […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Worcester Readers Love ‘Wallace the Brave’

In a September 15th letter to the Telegram & Gazette editor, a couple of readers are quite effusive in their “love” of “Wallace the Brave.” From the letter:  My husband and I are long-time Telegram & Gazette subscribers. We *love* Wallace the Brave: we love the style of its drawing, the characters, and their adventures. […]

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

Comic Strip of the Day: Reality 101

Let’s ease into the topic with Edison Lee and the perfect political speech. If you envision Orville and Edison in that final panel as a bar graph instead of as a pair of characters, you may have some sense of how such tautological, meaningless focus-group-tested drivel impacts elections. However, while little Edison is not yet […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments