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Andrews McMeel Universal, Champion of Business

  Once again the Kansas City Business Journal has named Andrews McMeel Universal to its Champions of Business list., an award that honors Kansas City companies that set the gold standard for financial performance, innovation and community involvement. From the KC Business Journal: Andrews McMeel Universal hasn’t changed much inits 50 years. Yet it’s also […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Awards, Comic strips, Publishers, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Friday Frightening Funnies

Actually, there’s not much frightening in the comics themselves. I predicted the flood of “Jack O’ Lantern with a Mask” cartoons several weeks ago, and every election brings out plenty of cartoons of people being scared of Trick-or-Treaters dressed up as the candidates. Though Caulfield is right and we probably won’t have many Trick-or-Treaters. But […]

Posted on: Oct 30, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Mr. Monster Gets Funky

Back in the 1980s I was pretty much giving superhero comic books a pass, though there were some good ones being produced. I had evolved into other genres and more adult(?) comics, a favorite being Doc Stern…Mr. Monster by Michael T. Gilbert.   Mr. Monster © Michael T. Gilbert So it was a pleasant surprise […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Go Read Something Else

Pros & Cons (KFS) captures the moment, or, at least, my moment. The election is still six days away, but while we’re being beseeched on all sides to jump up and panic, I’m sinking into Stan’s attitude. Things have probably been worse, and the fact that I didn’t have to live through those times doesn’t […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 18 Comments

Doonesbury at 50, part 2

Was a bit shocked at the lack of articles noting the 50th anniversary of Doonesbury. Surprisingly Ultimate Classic Rock featured one of the two to appear. Unfortunately they pretty much credit Doonesbury with introducing politics to the daily comics pages. That aside the article does look at the reasons for Doonesbury’s success: Traditionally, comic strips […]

Posted on: Oct 27, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

John Glynn and Andrews McMeel Part Ways

  Andrews McMeel Universal has released the following statement: After a 20 year career, John Glynn is leaving Andrews McMeel Universal. Effective October 21, John will no longer serve as editor for The Daily Cartoonist and his feature on GoComics, Ask a Portly Syndicate Person, will be ending. We thank John for his many contributions. […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

Notes on Some Syndicated Comics

Dethany is On The Fastrack to get married this week as she begins her walk down the aisle today. Dethany and On the Fastrack © King Features Syndicate Which one did the readers choose for her wedding gown?   It seems Thatababy is celebrating a long Halloween night (since last Thursday). Thatababy © Paul Trap, […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

These Days – Stan Mack’s New Comic Panel

The Santa Barbara Independent has announced that famed cartoonist Stan Mack is now contributing a “new occasional feature” called These Days to the alternative weekly: These Days, the new occasional feature that Mack has begun contributing to the Independent, pushes off from the overheard street scenes of Manhattan into the bewildering, often isolated, always borderline […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Trina Robbins Art Stolen

Trina Robbins is asking for people to keep an eye out for stolen art: Dear friends, I need your help! Back before the lockdown, I loaned 5 pieces of my original comic art from the 70s for a planned exhibit at Sacramento State college. Then along came the lockdown and the exhibit never happened. In […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Crime, Comments: 1 Comment

I Remember Momma

On the morning of October 26, 1970 The Miami Herald carried the debut of Doonesbury. On that same date crosstown rival, and JOA partner, the evening Miami News was one of the papers that introduced the world to Mell Lazarus’ Momma. Momma © Mell Lazarus Like the daily Doonesbury Momma went reruns in the 2010s, […]

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Doonesbury at 50

It was October 1970 and a few newspapers were willing to take a chance on a new comic strip about college life from a recent college graduate.         Doonesbury and all supporting characters © G. B. Trudeau On October 26, 1970 college students Mike and BD made their national debut in the Doonesbury comic […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Sunday Funnies, ’cause so little is

Perhaps it seems this way from the far shores of Australia, but I don’t think many US cartoonists are echoing Alan Moir (Sidney Morning Herald)‘s view. From the beginning, Trump has offered far too much for the opposition and far too little for the loyalists, leaving a very thin slice in which to be thoughtful. […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

The Comic Strip Week That Was

  Bound and Gagged © Tribune Content Agency; Break of Day © Nate Fakes Bound and Gagged was followed by Break of Day in today’s (October 24) feed. I guess, as we get closer to Halloween, this sort juxtaposition is to be expected. As is the Dick Tracy and Thatababy guest spots this month.    […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Cartoonists on Parade

Hitpig © Aniventure Hitpig Limited Berkeley Breathed‘s newest project moves closer to production. Animation Magazine: Aniventure has revealed the voice cast for its new animated feature, HITPIG!, along with a first look at the Berkeley Breathed project’s concept art and details of the porky plot… Set in a futuristic cyberpunk world, HITPIG! is a riotous […]

Posted on: Oct 24, 2020,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

B.C., Wiz of Id, C-Kennel – Letters at JHS

Back in August there was a startling change in Dogs of C-Kennel comic strip art.   above: Saturday August 8, 2020 (left); Monday August 10, 2020 (right) After seven weeks the switch from hand lettering to digital became more tolerable when cartoonists Mick and Mason and Perri shortened the tall lettering font to a more […]

Posted on: Oct 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments