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Rugrats: The (Complete) Newspaper Strips

Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips Volume One is coming next week. Though what it will look like I couldn’t tell you. Graphic Policy has a preview of, I guess, a vertical version: They also post the page of cartoonists who contributed to the five year strip. Creators Syndicate continues to distribute reruns of the strip. Anime […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Sunday Potpourri

The good news is that Rob Rogers has found a home for “Brewed on Grant,” his local look into Pittsburgh life. The other good news is that he manages to combine the personal with the universal, which is the key to good writing. The principle is simple but not easy to apply because it falls […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

The Elf Who Lost His Hand in a Tragic Toy Factory Accident: A Christmas Miracle (Holiday Special)

So you read the December 7, 2019 Sally Forth but never thought to check YouTube for the video? Shame! Created and drawn by Francesco Marciuliano, and animated and narrated by Tom Racine The Elf Who Lost His Hand in a Tragic Toy Factory Accident (Holiday Special) is destined to become a beloved annual Christmas viewing […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2019,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Dick Tracy, With Special Guest Stars… (concluding)

Part Three of a series highlighting the special guest appearances of comic strip characters that have appeared in the Mike Curtis and Joe Staton version of Dick Tracy. Parts One and Part Two covered the years 2011-2016, this time we cover 2017 to the present. We start 2017 with a very special character as a […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: Better Late Than Never

Michael Ramirez points out that the US is carrying most of the burden of NATO, a prominent argument of the New America First crowd. Of course, it’s not that simple, but we’re not invested in complex arguments that require study. It does seem, however, that there is an ongoing bit of confusion over what we […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

“Caption It!” – New Syndicated Feature(?) – update

Original December 4 post: A new feature showed up on the Creators Syndicate page this week. Caption It! by Steve Breen takes the popular cartoon caption contests and lets the Sunday Funnies readers have a shot at it. From the Creators’ site: “Caption It!” is a new cartoon caption contest that runs every week in […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Creators, Syndicates, Comments: 1 Comment

Dick Tracy, With Special Guest Stars… (continuing)

Earlier we managed to get through the first three years of special guest appearances by comic characters in Mike Curtis and Joe Staton‘s run on Dick Tracy. Let’s try get through the next three years (2014-2016) in this installment. The guest spots come early as the first Sunday of 2014 presents Vitamin’s co-star. Mary Perkins […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

The First Peanuts Comic Strip in 3-D Pop-Up

  Gene Kannenberg, Jr., famed librarian, comics historian, and cartoonist, has created a book that Peanuts Inc must publish. It is a 3-D pop-up of the first Peanuts comic strip of October 2, 1950.   Check it out on Gene’s Twitter feed or as a widescreen Facebook video.    

Posted on: Dec 5, 2019,  Section: book, Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

NPR Covers Gannett/Gatehouse Cost Cutting

NPR covers the cost-cutting that looms on the horizon from the Gannett/Gatehouse merger. From the piece: MIKE REED (CEO of the new Gannett): When you backtrack over a number of years, we have been labeled as an aggressive cost-cutter. And we have reduced costs pretty rapidly over the years. The thing I would point out […]

Posted on: Dec 5, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: A few beers, a few laughs

I missed most of yesterday’s extravaganza while earning a living, but, based on what I heard on NPR while running errands and on CNN while fixing dinner, Bill Bramhall seems to pretty well sum it up.   And if I needed more commentary, Ann Telnaes has once more live-sketched the proceedings. You can see the […]

Posted on: Dec 5, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 24 Comments

Dick Tracy, With Special Guest Stars… (beginning)

In the nearly nine years that Mike Curtis and Joe Staton have been doing Dick Tracy special appearances and cameos began showing up fairly quickly. These eventually turned into regular guest starring roles for (mostly) retired comic strip characters. Currently Steve Roper and Mike Nomad are taking a turn as guests in the Dick Tracy […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Re-inventing the Internet

Not to single out Benjamin Slyngstad in particular. He’s just one of a whole lot of cartoonists and late night hosts who have decided that Joe Biden should not be president because he said “Malarkey.” And, however he means it, what he says here is probably true. We may be reaching the “Al Gore is […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

First and Last – Drago, Dondi

Burne Hogarth took over the Tarzan Sunday page from Harold Foster and, like Foster, became very famous drawing that feature. After eight and a half years Hogarth walked away from the strip. From a 1982 Comics Scene interview: CS: Why did you leave Tarzan after 10 years? BH: Very simply, you’re talking about United (syndicate) […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

‘Tis the Season for Calendars

This calendar year ends and another begins in less than a month, and calendars are selling! The Dilbert Day-to-Day Desk Calendar (above) is the best-selling comic-related calendar on the Amazon site at this writing. It is #1 in the Humor & Comic Calendars department, #2 in the all-encompassing Calendars, Planners & Organizers department, and even […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2019,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: ‘Many Say’ and other journalistic malarkey

So Joe Biden’s campaign is done, over, finished, because he decided to use a quirky, amusing word in place of “bullshit.” I don’t know if Matt Wuerker is proclaiming this, or only observing it, but in a less hostile, divided country, it might not even be an issue. However, Politico has determined that Biden’s “No […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 10 Comments