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CSotD: Childish Gambits

I can counter-quote Mr. Boffo:  You coulda had class. You coulda been a political commentator. You coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what you are, let’s face it. Being a grown up ruins everything. Juxtaposition of the Day (The Argyle Sweater – AMS) (Too Much Coffee Man – AMS) F’rinstance, I’ll admit […]

Posted on: Apr 12, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Dan Martin Weathers The Bird for 35 Years

Every evening, just as many people are shutting down their computers for the day and starting to think about supper, Dan Martin is gearing up to complete his daily drawing for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: a fresh depiction of the newspaper’s Weatherbird.   The artistic process gets going once the news editor sends him a […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

The Funnies: Cameos and Other Jewelry

That last panel of Hi and Lois last week kicked off a week of comic character cameos. With barely a dozen appearances in her own strip since the new year began 100 days ago, Mary Worth has taken to appearing elsewhere. Here she’s crashing a Hootin’ Holler poker game. © King Features Syndicate Mary is […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Overthinking the Funnies

Today’s Zits (KFS) stopped me in my tracks, not because it’s funny, which it is, but because my first response after that dissolved into uncertainty: What would you — as Jeremy and his buds — play for a dance at a retirement community? First of all, not the stuff your parents always have on the […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Mark Trail at 75 is Next Gen

In the Spring of 1946 Ed Dodd introduced the world to the “handsome hero and outdoor man.” Mark Trail was a nature-loving he-man of the old school, and he remained in that conservative mold from Ed Dodd and Tom Hill through Jack Elrod and up to James Allen. And then, twenty years into the new […]

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

CSotD: C’est le weekend

Wasn’t sure where to start today, but once the headline suggested itself, it became obvious this Pearls Before Swine (AMS) was the obvious opener, since Franglais gives editors the collywobbles. Regular readers know my opinion that about 97% of people who obsess over grammatical rules cannot write their names in the dirt with a stick, […]

Posted on: Apr 10, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

Cartoon Carousel – Zoom! Pow! Crash!

Spring Break Cartooning with Mike Lynch ABOUT THE CLASS: Make comics with professional cartoonist Mike Lynch. In this week-long course, we will learn to create characters, animals, dinosaurs, monsters, sharks, superheroes, aliens, word balloons (BOOM! POW! CRASH!) and more, and then put these drawing skills together to make our own comic book stories together via […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Events, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

Bunny Matthews Crowd Funder for Final Costs

New Orleans alternative cartoonist and music critic Bunny Matthews has decided to discontinue cancer treatment and entered hospice. His family has created a crowd funding page for final costs. From Gambit: Jude Matthews said in a statement on the Musicians Clinic’s website that his father’s life earnings from his prolific creative works have been “snapped […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: 0 Comments

Comic Strip Rarity: The O’Kays by Jay Kay

In 1948 Jerry Keefe, an advertising and commercial artist, decided, like so many before and since, to become a world-famous comic strip cartoonist. Jerry claimed that he was “reluctant to become entangled with the big city syndicates.” So Keefe tried self-syndicating his weekly comic strip. © the estate of Jerry Keefe The O’Kays by “Jay […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Can’t say they didn’t warn us

I don’t remember if I was in second or third grade, but just about the time this 1957 Buz Sawyer (KFS) strip ran, we had an assembly where a husband-and-wife team explained communism to us and why we didn’t want it to creep into our society. I suspect they were from the John Birch Society, […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Joye Hummel – RIP

1940s Wonder Woman writer Joye Hummel has passed away.   Joye Evelyn Murchison Kelly (neé Hummel)April 4, 1924 – April 5, 2021   Anina Bennett was among those breaking the sad news: RIP Joye Hummel Murchison Kelly, the first woman to write [Wonder Woman] comics in the 1940s. After Joye it would be nearly 40 […]

Posted on: Apr 7, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Joye Hummel – RIP

CSotD: Mostly humor

We’ll get to the funny pages in a minute, but here’s Ann Telnaes (WaPo)‘s take on Mitch McConnell’s latest. McConnell stating that corporations should stay out of politics, and his immediate clarification that he didn’t mean they shouldn’t donate, drew several editorial cartoons in response. Telnaes’ piece stands out because of its economy: She trusts […]

Posted on: Apr 7, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Ladies Night at The Daily Cartoonist

© Bianca Xunise Xunise’s work is funny and thoughtful. Her linework has this playful energy, and she has a masterful talent for playing with tone in different ways, even as her work shifts from moving personal stories to deep political analysis to elegant and perfectly structured gag cartoons. She is part of the great tradition […]

Posted on: Apr 5, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Free Space

Easter Monday is a bit slack, but that gives me a free space in which to indulge in picking up some things yesterday’s Georgia rant distracted me from, like Sunday’s Non Sequitur (AMS). And I’ll disagree with Wiley’s take, but only because our situations seem reversed: If my pup gets out without her cable attached, […]

Posted on: Apr 5, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 15 Comments

Easter Sunday Funnies

© Tribune Content Agency   The most impressive comic on this Easter Sunday has nothing to do with Easter: © King Features Syndicate Prince Valiant is on the inside of my four page Sunday comics section, and when I opened it up there was no denying how Thomas Yeates‘ large joust panel dominated the other […]

Posted on: Apr 4, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Easter Sunday Funnies