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Let’s Talk About Rip Haywire and the Fight Club

  There have been some classic comic strip battles. and, of course, Captain Easy:         I think Rip Haywire versus The Gross Woods Monster is a contender. After countless fights Rip seems to have met his match. The story starts two month ago when Which, naturally, leads to (Normally I would direct […]

Posted on: Apr 5, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Post Bulletin Stops Printing Sunday Funnies

The Rochester, Minn. Post Bulletin announced that their eight page Sunday comics section will no longer appear in their printed Weekend edition. From the editor: At times like this, we need laughs probably more than ever. That’s what made it a particularly difficult, even painful decision to curtail printing the eight-page color comics section in […]

Posted on: Apr 4, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Dave Whamond and ‘Reality Check’ Hit 25-Year Mark

Today marks the 25th anniversary of award-winning illustrator and cartoonist Dave Whamond’s syndicated panel “Reality Check.” From Dave: “I remember it being such an exciting time but overwhelming at the same time. Having a syndicated comic was a lifelong dream realized. Since I was old enough to read, I could’t wait to read the comics […]

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

Future Funnies (and a Blast from the Past)

  Loren Fishman gets recognition for his Mallard Fillmore work when his name is added to the Sunday title panel tomorrow, the first new Sunday Mallard since November 2019.   Elsewhere in the Kingdom some strips are still adjusting to the new reality: King Features Syndicate has issued a correction for Mutts Sunday for 4/5. […]

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

CSotD: If I say it’s still Friday, it’s still Friday

Stuart Carlson prompts the question, “Is anybody still watching this crap?” If they hadn’t given Trump so much free airtime for his nonsensical statements and outrageous stunts in 2016, he’d have lost the election (and maybe never been nominated). Now they’re giving him an hour or two of free campaigning every night. Somebody call the […]

Posted on: Apr 4, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Brian Crane Interview for Pickles 30th

Continuing the celebration of 30 years of the Pickles comic strip, Brian Crane‘s local newspaper interviews the cartoonist. It appears you still publish a piece every day, but do you create every day? For most of the past 30 years I have created new material every day. Lately I have slowed down a bit, slipping in […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Younger Generation Stripped of Comic Awareness

Remember when Donald Trump compared Pete Buttigieg to Alfred E. Neuman? Apparently a very small minority of people under 50 had a clue who Alfred was. Though it hasn’t stopped editorial cartoonists from using the “What, Me Worry?” kid: I was reminded of the earlier comparison when Seth Myers used a comic strip character in […]

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

CSotD: Friday Funnies with (Con)sequential Art

There’s a fair amount of repurposed classic art going around paying tribute to the lockdown, some better than others. Many people have been riffing on Hopper’s Nighthawks, for instance, but it’s already a portrait of emptiness to begin with. You can only make his point more obvious. But while American Gothic has also had plenty […]

Posted on: Apr 3, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 12 Comments

Brian Crane, Pickle-ing For 30 Years

30 years ago, April 2, 1990, saw the debut of Pickles by Brian Crane. above: the first Pickles comic strip Since that beginning the strip has become very successful: Whether observing the differences between genders and generations or taking a wry but sympathetic look at life in the twilight years, Crane’s good-natured wit and dry […]

Posted on: Apr 2, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Free Charles Schulz Book – Yesterday Only

Not an April Fool’s Day prank! Today April 1, 2020 only Nat Gertler/About Comics is offering free PDF downloads of three books. Our interest is concentrated on They Called Him Sparky. “They Called Him Sparky” is a book collecting friends from his Church of God days writing about Schulz and their memories of him. This […]

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

Rex Morgan – Yesterday (Bradley) & Today (Beatty)

Rex Morgan from Marvin Bradley to Terry Beatty. Comic syndicate editor Richard Marschall remembers working with, and becoming friends with, original Rex Morgan, M.D. artist Marvin Bradley in the latest episode of his fascinating “A Crowded Life in Comics” memoirs. But this visit will be with Marvin Bradley – Brad – who had drawn Rex […]

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

Clay Jones Editorial Comic Strip (on YouTube)

As Clay Jones says: It’s not one of his animations, It’s not one of his “watch me draw” videos, It’s not one of his print cartoons, No, it’s not any of the things we are used to enjoying from Clay. Clay sez: Check out my very first political cartoon video. It’s not a print cartoon, […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, video, Comments: 0 Comments

Flash Gordon Original Art Almost Half Million $$

The combined price for the original art making up the first Flash Gordon/Jungle Jim page of January 7, 1934 sold for over a half million dollars today at Profiles in History. The original art of the first Flash Gordon strip by Alex Raymond sold for $480,000, a record for original comic strip art. The original […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

‘Three Word Answer’ Q&A with Mark Tatulli

This is the debut of a possibly recurring feature called “Three Word Answer” on The Daily Cartoonist where we’ll ask a cartoonist 20 questions. They’re instructed to answer each of the questions in three words (or fewer). Of the 20 questions, the cartoonist may chose three questions (of the 20 total) to elaborate on with […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Cartoonists catch up

There are many things that Dear Leader can’t seem to understand, and Jimmy Margulies captures two of them here: One is that Trump genuinely has no sense of empathy. It’s not that he ignores or downplays the suffering of others. He genuinely does not get it. So he can cheerfully toss paper towels to people […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments