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Mike Mundt – RIP

Broadcaster and cartoonist Mike Mundt has passed away. Michael Elmer (Mike) Mundt September 6, 1953 – May 7, 2021   From the obituary: He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1976 with scholastic emphasis in Architecture, Electronics, Engineering, and Broadcast Communications. His early broadcast career was as a Broadcast Engineer for KUID-TV and as […]

Posted on: May 15, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! – Send Your Soldier a Book

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for May 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Back Issue #127   We’ll start the book section with a couple filed for May but released in April. Caricature and […]

Posted on: May 15, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Mostly not politics

This Reply All (WPWG) ran a couple of days ago, but it anticipated yesterday’s CDC announcement that you can stop masking if you’ve been vaccinated. The announcement has been greeted with joyous political cartoons, but over in Stripland it means we’re going to discover a lot of cartoonists’ lead times because there will continue to […]

Posted on: May 15, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

WPWG Drops Rudy Park from Syndication Page

The syndicates have been busy this year adjusting their pages that feature the comics offered to newspapers. The year started off with Tribune Content Agency introducing Mt. Pleasant as a new comic strip. That was quickly followed by Andrews McMeel Syndication taking on the distribution of Half Full, and more recently dropping Tarzan from their […]

Posted on: May 14, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Strip Chronicles – A Look Back

  © King Features Syndicate Hermes Press interviews Sy Barry on his years as The Phantom comic strip artist. In a way I got to feel that the way [Lee Falk] tried to minimize my impact on the strip every turn he could find. I began to get more and more turned off to him. […]

Posted on: May 13, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

30 Years of Sea Life in Sherman’s Lagoon

May 13, 1991 saw the first Sherman’s Lagoon appear in newspapers. It first appeared in 1991 in the Escondido Times-Advocate and was self-syndicated by Jim Toomey under the name of “Pacific Press Features.” If that comic strip seems strange for a debut, understand that Jim Toomey had planned on the strip to appear a couple […]

Posted on: May 13, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Funny stuff

Pearls Before Swine (AMS) reflects my own mood after today’s morning dip into Facebook and Twitter, which I take in part to make sure the world hasn’t ended but also because a lot of cartoons appear there before they show up on official sites. Though yesterday I had a pleasant conversation with a Gen-Z woman […]

Posted on: May 13, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Senior Strippers (2021 Edition)

  Happy Birthday to Lily Renée (Lily Renée Willheim Peters Phillips) born 100 years ago today. Lily joins a few other centenarians on our Senior Strippers list. This seems a good time to update our Senior Strippers roster, cartoonists who for 90+ years continue to survive “the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.” […]

Posted on: May 12, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, International, Magazine cartoons, sports cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Truth, if you care to seek it

I don’t know if Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereals is a “political cartoon” or a “funny cartoon” but it is certainly an “on-target cartoon” today. There’s an old wisecrack about how every time you come up with something foolproof, they invent better fools. Well, we’re mass producing them on-line, and it’s not so funny. But it […]

Posted on: May 11, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

New Comic: Shrimp & Grits by Andy Marlette

Shrimp & Grits by Andy Marlette will debut from Creators Syndicate on May 31, 2021 (if I’m reading the dates of the sample strips correctly). Shrimp is a young girl and Grits is her friend – an alligator. Shrimp’s dad Hugo, owner of a pub, is also part of the cast.      © Creators […]

Posted on: May 10, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Feminist Cartooning: Winnie Winkle, Breadwinner

Before Working Girl, 9 to 5, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or even Our Miss Brooks, which each featured single females in the mostly male world of business, there was the groundbreaking Winnie Winkle. She was the iconic working girl of the 20th century, who first appeared on September 20, 1920, in the comic strip […]

Posted on: May 10, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Mary Worth’s Family

Five years ago this week, cartoonist June Brigman took over the iconic newspaper comic strip “Mary Worth,” continuing a popular feature whose roots some say are tied to a Depression-era strip with a lead character of the same name but much different circumstances. Brigman is a veteran illustrator, working on comic books including “Supergirl” (DC) […]

Posted on: May 10, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

GoComics to Run David Gilbert’s Buckles Archives

David Gilbert ended his 25 year run on the Buckles comic strip seven weeks ago.  Now he brings back the Buckles archives at the GoComics site starting today with the first strip from April 1, 1996. above: 1996 intro to the comic strip Earlier this year, David Gilbert, Buckles creator, announced he would end the […]

Posted on: May 10, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: Happy ‘Not All Men’ Day

Mother’s Day brought out a sort of history, unintentionally emphasizing that oddly untethered view of time and society comic strips offer, so let’s pick on Luann (AMS). She’s a good character to launch the topic, because she’s one of those loveable cartoon airheads, and, in this case, has absorbed the current pop culture concept that […]

Posted on: May 10, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Bill Morgan – RIP

Sports writer, promoter, cartoonist Bill Morgan has passed away. William Edwards (Bill) Morgan, Jr. December 13, 1931 – February 9, 2021 From the obituary:  He was sports editor for the Lufkin Daily News from 1953 to 1955, when he went to the Dallas Morning News as a sportswriter. In 1960, the fledgling Dallas Cowboys hired […]

Posted on: May 9, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, sports cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments