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Monday Paper Gone, Monday Comics on Tuesdays

The (Vancouver, Washington) Columbian will no longer publish a Monday edition of their newspaper. But the paper let readers of the daily syndicated features know that “Monday Favorites Won’t Be Lost.” Monday comics and puzzles will be in the Tuesday paper, as well as the Tuesday dated features.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! For Under the Tree

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for December 2019 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   LOAC Essentials Volume 14: Barney Google, 1928   Anatomy of Authors   Rugrats: The Newspaper Strips   Choke Gasp! The Best […]

Posted on: Dec 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies

Janis is right, but it’s hard not to put eagles above buzzards in the Grand Scheme of Things. Buzzards are pretty amazing birds, hunting with their noses as much, perhaps more, than their eyes. I think the preference for eagles is that they tend to be more solitary, and they combine hunting and scavenging. We […]

Posted on: Dec 13, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Seasonal Comic Strip Stuff

The firefighters who battled the Tubbs and Kincade fires received a “thank you” in a popular comic strip published on Monday. above: Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis “Pearls Before Swine” usually is about the misadventures of several animals, but creator Stephan Pastis of Santa Rosa shifted the comic’s focus to show how grateful he […]

Posted on: Dec 12, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Mark Evanier on Tariffs and Pogo Volume Six

We reported on the tariffs a few months ago. Now the effects are hitting home as the most important American literature is being affected. Co-editor Mark Evanier explains the delay in deliverance: Volume 6 of The Complete Syndicated Pogo — subtitled Clean as a Weasel — was originally going to be printed in China and […]

Posted on: Dec 12, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Random observations

Michael de Adder picks up on the news that Canada’s athlete of the year and the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year are both women. Tennis player Bianca Andreescu was the unanimous pick for Canada’s Lou Marsh Trophy, while women’s soccer hero Megan Rapinoe was chosen by SI for her courage as well as her […]

Posted on: Dec 11, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

The Best Selling Comic Strips of the Past 40 Years

Allan Holtz’s Stripper’s Guide has provided comics researcher Jeffrey Lindenblatt a platform to present his latest project. Jeffrey has taken 300 newspapers, from large to small. and used them as a source to extrapolate the best selling newspaper comics strips from 1978 to 2019. Says Jeffrey: I decided that I would research 300 different daily […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: 0 Comments

More Cartoonists Saying Goodbye

Today Channing Miller said goodbye to The Daily Texan: After six semesters, six comics editors, three different job descriptions and four sketchbooks, it is finally time for me to say goodbye to my beloved corner of the basement. This corner isn’t just a place where I have sat with aching knuckles and a sketchbook in […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Mary Worth Artist June Brigman Interviewed

Cartoonist June Brigman (Mary Worth, Brenda Starr, Power Pack, Captain Ginger) is interviewed by Comic Culture’s Terrance Dollard. June discusses taking over a comic strip from an established artist, getting old fans to adapt to her style, collaborating with Karen Moy, her work habits, adjusting from comic strip requirements to comic book layouts. and more. […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

What’s To Replace The Pajama Diaries?

The news of The Pajama Diaries ending broke Sunday when Terri Libenson’s hometown paper The Cleveland Plain Dealer asked readers to help decide what comic strip should replace Terri’s strip. We’re about to lose one of my favorite comics, Pajama Diaries, because the artist is retiring. Which raises the question: What do we do next? […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Terri Libenson ending The Pajama Diaries

Terri Libenson has announced that she is retiring her The Pajama Diaries comic strip. From Terri: After almost fourteen incredible years, it’s with mixed feelings that I’m announcing the retirement of my syndicated comic strip, The Pajama Diaries. This is truly bittersweet. I’ve always loved writing and illustrating the strip. However, I’ve been fortunate to […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

CSotD: Confronting Reality

I’m going to start out with the most challenging cartoon of the day, Bob Gorrell‘s commentary on the IG Report. Unlike the Mueller Report, this stuff is truly dense, such that the Executive Summary is more challenging than the fine print in most others. A quick reaction is impossible, and a more thoughtful response is […]

Posted on: Dec 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

1933 – When Newspapers (and Comics) Reigned

The height of the depression might have been the height of the rule of newspapers, and the major feature in newspapers then was the comic strip. Inflation Calculator says $1,000 in 1933 equals almost $20,000 today.   Popular cartoonists were celebrities. and magazines included feature stories about their success. The April 1933 issue of Fortune […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Reality Checks

Starting out with an arc to watch. Some time ago, Adam@Home discovered he’d become a viral meme after somebody took a pic of him at the local coffee shop. Now he’s been approached by a coffee company that wants to make him the face of their brand. Problem is, the money is irresistible but the […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Dick Tracy, With Special Guest Stars… (meanwhile)

Well, I’m happy I stated, “I will not guarantee that this is a complete list” at the beginning of this series about comic strip characters guest starring in the Mike Curtis and Joe Staton Dick Tracy strip. Denny Lien, in the comments section of Part Three, noted several misses. Barney Google, Spark Plug, and the […]

Posted on: Dec 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments