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This an’ That an’ Other Comic Stuff

  Letters to the Editor The Sunday Pearls was mentioned here the other day and it got some response in the real world. From the San Diego Union-Tribune I wish to commend the “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist, Stephan Pastis, for a truly profound strip last Sunday. Pastis lost his beloved dog and the panels depict […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Florida Editor Outlines Editorial Cartoon Process

The Star-Banner (Ocala, Fla.) Managing Editor Jim Ross describes how his paper’s editors select and manage their editorial cartoons. From the column: As a writer, I envy cartoonists. They can summarize a feeling, a sentiment, a controversy, a triumph — anything, really — in a minimum amount of space. If a picture is worth a thousand […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

NPR: Closure of Local Newspapers Costs Citizens More in Taxes

Tangentially related to syndication, NPR’s Shankar Vandantem looks into how local citizens pay more in taxes when local newspapers go out of business. https://www.npr.org/2018/12/11/675505080/local-newspaper-closures-come-with-hefty-price-tag-for-residents    

Posted on: Dec 11, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Who’s Foolin’ Who?

Ran into a bit of a flashback this morning when I came upon Jeff Boyer‘s latest cartoon for the Albany Times-Union. I was out of the newsroom but living in the area back when General Electric was forced to pay to clean up the PCBs in the bottom of the Hudson River, a legacy of […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Voice of America Profiles the Editorial Cartoon (Link Fixed)

Voice of America’s web site profiles the editorial cartooning medium with a short video featuring Politico’s Matt Wuerker and Patty Rhule of the Newseum.  https://www.voanews.com/a/editorial-cartoons/4693810.html

Posted on: Dec 10, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: The Most Dangerous Word

I’ll break the suspense: It’s “we.” It goes back to that thing about how most Indian tribes got their names from neighbors, while, in their own language, they basically called themselves “the people.” Which worked then, but, in a diverse community, a phrase like, “We, the people,” is more apt to mislead than to instruct. […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Sunday’s Funnies

  Well THAT was an eye-catching Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli. (And shades of Gahan Wilson!)     Another conspicuous Sunday. As much for the coloring as the art, and I got a chuckle too. I’ve become a big fan of Stantis and Allie‘s Prickly City Sunday pages, imaginative layout and art.     […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: A Season of Giving

Let’s set a bit of a holiday mood with Barney & Clyde, which has always had a bit of a Frank Capra tone. The difference is that the cartoon strip appears every day and Capra worked in an era in which most movies were self-contained and had finite endings. There was no “It’s Still A […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Classic Cartoonist PROfiles*

  Chicago Tribune Cartoonist Carey Orr A newspaper cartoon is a combination of two basic arts­ — the art of writing and the art of drawing — and the best car­toon is one with the best idea expressed by a snappy caption and good craftsmanship, says Carey Cassius Orr, recent Pul­itzer Prize winner, who has […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Instant Karma

Through some bit of snafu I get a preview of comic strips from two weeks in the future…   but when I open my local weekend paper I get last week’s Doonesbury:              

Posted on: Dec 8, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: A body beneath a crown

Here’s a cartoon from Mike Keefe and an explanation from me of today’s headline. We had a pair of brilliant musical wits working as counselors at summer camp who collaborated on a hilarious play in which the King was a tyrannical nitwit, and I wish I could remember all the lyrics to his grand processional, […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Comic Strip History, Lessons 528 – 532

  An actual lesson… How To Be A Cartoonist by Chas. H. Kuhn Kuhn was a working cartoonist who created freelance illustrations, editorial cartoons, and a syndicated comic strip for half a century, from 1919 to 1969. His comic strip “Grandma,” which I hadn’t heard of, began in 1947 when he was 55 years old […]

Posted on: Dec 8, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic and Cartoon News – various and sundry

  American (and other) Cartoonists in Paris Every year a big group of cartoonists from [the Cagle] syndicate meet up in France with cartoonists from around the world. This year 23 CagleCartoonists were there. Apparently Daryl Cagle is a modern day Bill Gaines, taking his usual gang of cartoonists on an annual tour. Daryl, with […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2018,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Exhibits, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies

Here’s an unusual start: On the left is Jeff Stahler’s “Moderately Confused” for today, on the right is a picture he posted of the kitchen on a cruise he took recently. A lot of cartoonists are also graphic designers or commercial artists, but a lot aren’t, and it’s worth pointing out that there is more […]

Posted on: Dec 7, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Letters to the Editor: Comics Edition

Hey, TDC readers! It’s time for another roundup of comics-related letters to the editor from around the continent. From the Fairfield (Calif.) Daily Republic a reader writes to lament the loss of “the best” comic strips and lets the paper know comics are the “main reason” he subscribes. Click here for letter. A reader of the […]

Posted on: Dec 6, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments