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The Funnies – Good for Physical & Mental Health

Amusement and pleasant surprises – and the laughter they can trigger – add texture to the fabric of daily life.Those giggles and guffaws can seem like just silly throwaways. But laughter, in response to funny events, actually takes a lot of work, because it activates many areas of the brain: areas that control motor, emotional, […]

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

Schulz, Seuss Among Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities

Forbes‘ list of The Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities of 2020 include two cartoonists.   Charles Schulz, with his Peanuts empire, is a regular member of this group since his death twenty years ago. Helping Schulz to remain on the list this year was a nice Peanuts deal with Apple TV+ (you may have heard about the […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

“Tis the Season to be…Calendar Conscious

With Thanksgiving over and by now all your Christmas shopping done it’s time to start thinking about 2021 – and calendars. Certainly many people are thinking about next year, about half the best sellers on the Amazon comic strip book list are calendars at the moment. The Far Side has two in the Top Ten! […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Carolinas’ Gannett Sunday Comics Survey

Pam Sander, the Southeast Regional Editor of Gannett newspapers has announced a mid January 2021 change in the Sunday comics sections of her papers in The Carolinas: Even in an age of digital-first media, the print comics have an important place in our lives. We know how sacred they are to you. That’s why we’re […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: This Boot Was Made For Walking

So Joe Biden was playing with one of his German shepherds and managed to break a small bone in his foot, which would be small potatoes if it were one of us, but matters because he is (whether or not you accept the fact) the President-elect of These United States. And also because we are […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! – A November Addendum

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2020 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. A number of November books have come to notice since the mid-month list. The Undiscovered Master: Bob Briare: The Story of a Man, His […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Comics and Cartooning in the News

Mr. Smith Goes to The Big City In a 180 of the usual, Snuffy Smith and Loweezy are going to visit Barney Google. From the Comics Kingdom blog: This week, Snuffy Smith is going to the big city to visit Barney Google. That’s right, the tables have turned and the Hootin’ Holler Mountaineer is leaving […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

Zippy Forces a Comic Strip History Lesson

Zippy © Bill Griffith; Gnome and Hitchhiker © King Features Syndicate Today’s Zippy, featuring The Pinhead visiting Paul Bunyan and The Little Hitchhiker in Foozland (or are they meeting Zippy on Earth-Z?), may need some explaining. The confusing Foozland was created by Gene Ahern in his weird and fascinating comic strip The Squirrel Cage. Paul […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Common sense, honesty, neither, both

As today’s Non Sequitur (AMS) points out, there isn’t any going back to normal anymore. To start with, as seen here, if you relax all the rules because the curve has peaked and is receding, you will guarantee that the curve has not peaked after all. Unless you are in a church or synagogue, in […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

Never Was Comic Strips – Superheroes

We open with a couple of cheats. Everyone knows there were Superman and Batman comic strips, but these Jacob Edgar Sunday pages, drawn in Jacob’s own version of the Bruce Timm animated style, were never syndicated to newspapers; rather just Jacob having fun and passing it on to us. Batman and Superman © DC Comics […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Ed Colley Trivia Panel for Ipswich Local News

Cartoonist Ed Colley has redesigned the Ipswich Local News logo. Editor/publisher John P. Muldoon explains: Astute readers — and I am fully confident that is each and every one of you — will have noticed a small change to the Ipswich Local News logo recently. The clam has been replaced with a new version drawn […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

G.B.Trudeau Picks 10 Defining Doonesbury Strips

Trudeau: The legendary Mary McGrory told me that in all her years of writing columns, she wasn’t sure a single one of them had changed anything. That’s not a bar that cartoonists generally set for themselves, but in the case of my story arc about racist Palm Beach pass cards, the strip did have an […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Jeff Koterba, Omaha Born and Raised

The student newspaper of the University of Nebraska Omaha talks to editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba about his past, present, and future. In 1983, Jeffrey Koterba, then a staffer for The Gateway, was named the nation’s outstanding collegiate cartoonist by the Society of Professional Journalists. Koterba, his cartoons and his creativity traveled from The Gateway office […]

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

CSotD: Black Friday Funnies

Thank you, Monty (AMS), that will be all for now. Today marks the end of cartoons in which turkeys pretend to be other kinds of birds and brings us to Beartrap in the Fireplace season.   It’s possible to do good holiday cartoons, as Edison Lee (KRP) demonstrates, with a Black Friday gag that marks […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

Thanksgiving Day – 1920

Posted on: Nov 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment