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Essential, Authoritative, Indispensable Collection of Literary References in Calvin and Hobbes

Perhaps the best works created for children are the ones rife with layers discoverable later in life. That quality encourages intergenerational sharing. It makes the works enduring. Maybe, like me, you’ve read hundreds (or thousands!) of books and generally soaked up a lot of culture in the time since you last visited our spiky-haired boy […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies (Timing is everything)

The past week has been one synchronicity after another. This Joy of Tech cartoon would be valid anytime, but we’re at the very start of autumn and, while the leaves have only just started turning, I am thinking about a run up the Champlain Valley and through the Adirondacks in about three weeks when the […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Cavalcade of American Comics (Chronicles)

In 1963 syndicates and newspapers joined forces with cartoonist and comics historian Gordon Campbell to produce an exhibit of pages from Sunday color comic supplements. From the October 13, 1963 New York Sunday News: The show was free as was a tabloid history of comics handed out to visitors. The Phantom Fan has some background […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

“Public Spirit” by Charles Schulz (1962) is Trending

Well it’s trending on the spots I check in on. In early 1962 Charles Schulz and United Feature Syndicate distributed to newspapers a Sunday format pseudo-Peanuts comic strip promoting the preeminent news source of the time. The promo ran in late January or early February on weekdays in black and white or on Sundays in […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Dale Messick and Floyd Norman Included in 2021 Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame Inductees

Dale Messick and Floyd Norman are the comic artists inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame this year.       Known as the “Grand Dame of the Funnies,” Dale Messick … for creating the popular adventure comic strip Brenda Starr, Reporter. Debuting in June of 1940, it was an immediate hit. Each […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Comic strips, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Garfield Thrown Out the Window

Everybody remembers Garfield Minus Garfield, where Garfield was edited out of his own comic strip. Now there is a new Garfield meme where a Garfield comic strip is edited by replacing the last panel with one specific shot. As a longtime favorite in the Sunday funny pages, Jim Davis’ Garfield has long been the subject of […]

Posted on: Sep 21, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

The Tales of Tales of The Green Berets/Beret

    Robin Moore‘s book about The Green Berets in Vietnam was released in the Spring of 1965 and before that season was over it was hitting best seller lists. Before the years was over Robin Moore had written syndicated newspaper articles about the troops and Vietnam, the book would be issued in a mass […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Sunday Psalms Synchronicity

© Grimmy Inc. The Comics are a visual media, words and images for the eye. But today a number of cartoonists used music to invade our brains. © Creators Syndicate Heathcliff (above) and Mother Goose and Grimm (top) give us a generic sense of sound. But others got more specific. Fittingly the British Andy Capp […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Stuff and Nonsense

What could be more nonsensical than a MAD parody of a non-existant TV western? How about a second MAD parody of that same non-existant TV show.     Tom Richmond and Andrew Secunda take on “Bounty Law” again, this time it will be part of the bonuses in the new hardback novelization of “Once Upon […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Magazines, webinar, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: You’re invited to a party in my pandemic

In Between Friends (KFS), Susan sometimes struggles with “older,” but she’s becoming more comfortable with “wiser,” which makes sense, since the phrase “older but wiser” suggests that the latter is compensation for the former. I prefer “older AND wiser,” and how sad if they don’t coincide. (There is, indeed, no fool like an old fool.) […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Tomorrow’s Comics Today

Most comic sites upload the new strips around midnight – GoComics, Comics Kingdom, Arcamax, and the like all do it around that time (give or take depending on your time zone). But Creators Syndicate fairly recently began giving us the next day’s comics around 5pm Eastern (2pm Pacific). For example Tony Cochran references The Lone […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Abroad Thoughts From Home

When Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese, Congress moved to allow 140,000 refugees to settle in the US, a number that swelled to about a million as boat people and other escapees came to our shores. My recollection of the times was that, while not everyone here was thrilled at the influx, the only overt […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Friday Fishwrap – Comic Strip Newsy Stuff

From Reed Brennan: Attention ZITS Clients: Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman are taking a two-week vacation. The dailies for the weeks of September 13-18 and September 20-25, 2021, and the Sundays for September 26 and October 3, 2021, are reader favorites that have been personally selected by Jerry and Jim. Thank you, King Features Editorial […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Strip Centennial – Our Boarding House

Conventional wisdom is that Gene Ahern switched from his Crazy Quilt comic strip to his Our Boarding House panel on September 16, 1921, but the earliest I can find it in a newspaper is September 17, 1921 so I’m celebrating today as the 100th anniversary of the feature. Below are the first three Our Boarding […]

Posted on: Sep 17, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

741.5 Comic Chronicles

Once upon a time there was a lonely rich boy whose mother insisted on dragging him away from home to strange lands. Deprived of friends his own age and missing his father, the boy found solace in becoming a collector of all sorts of odds and ends, of coins and stamps, of beer steins and […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Illustration, Profiles, Comments: 2 Comments