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CSotD: My ‘I don’t have to run’ day

Bizarro explains it all, or, at least, most of it. There are any number of directions you could go from here, starting with a reminder of how daunting it is to come up with 313 daily laffs, plus 52 Sundays. Charles Schulz used to recommend that aspiring cartoonists start by doing a year’s worth of […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Donald Duck is 85

  Donald Duck was introduced to the public when Walt Disney and company adapted The Little Red Hen fable as the Silly Symphony short The Wise Little Hen premiered on June 9, 1934.   https://zippy.gfycat.com/EducatedImaginativeGrunion.webm above: via gfycat   At the same time Donald Duck debuted in print as part of a Walt Disney partnership […]

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

Spokesman-Review Readers to Decide the Fate of Non Sequitur

  It seems newspapers are slowly returning Non Sequitur to their comic pages. After the fubar earlier this year and the accompanying cancellations, editors are listening to their readers who continue to want the comic back in their papers.   The latest is The Spokesman-Review. You wouldn’t believe how many notes I still get each […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Front Page News: Comics Switch in Lufkin

In Lufkin, Texas the switching of comics, beginning today, rates a front page story – admittedly below the fold at the bottom of the page, but still, front page news! Good News Starting today, readers of The Lufkin Daily News can look forward to seeing a few new cartoons on the comics page. ‘‘Nancy’’ and […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Dave Blazek – Loose Parts and Tight Reuben

  Erie native Dave Blazek has written and drawn his daily cartoon panel “Loose Parts” for nearly two decades, and the panel has been collected into five books and counting. But he never considered himself a cartoonist until May. That’s when Blazek and “Loose Parts” received the highest honor a newspaper panel cartoon and its […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Very random thoughts

Given that it’s Sunday, we’ll start with a Sunday cartoon. Betty is something of an oddity, because Betty and her husband are Salt of the Earth types, which, in both Comics Land and TV Land, usually doesn’t involve terribly thoughtful humor. However, the strip sustains a level of humor that is reflective, despite a strongly […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Weekend Watch

Radio Patrol is, granted, a Vintage strip I read for its camp qualities, but today’s final panel knocked me out of my chair because “Cheese it! The cops!” is a stock phrase like “23 Skidoo” that I can’t believe anyone actually said in real life. Though I’ll admit to having said “Far out” until it […]

Posted on: Jun 8, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies Celebrates the Ridiculous

I don’t do a lot with comic books, but I’ll happily refer you to this Comicsbeat article about the original Fantastic Four, because it explains why in a charmingly roundabout way. Everything about Fantastic Four is ridiculous. Deliciously ridiculous. If you’re wondering how four people got such dramatically different super powers from the same incident, the answer […]

Posted on: Jun 7, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

The Oatmeal, Mad Racoons, A Problem Like Jamal – A Webcomics Post!

  Matthew Inman is suspending The Oatmeal production for the nonce Matthew lets fans know of the coming hiatus and why (scroll to the bottom): I am happy to announce that I am in development on my own animated feature for Illumination. In short: I got a movie deal. The good news: I’m making a […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Charles Schulz, Snoopy, and D-Day

  Charles Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy van Pelt and the other “Peanuts” characters, entered the 1990s as an elder statesman in American popular culture…   On June 6, 1993, Schulz drew a comic strip that had little visual relationship to anything that had previously appeared in “Peanuts.” In three grim panels, the […]

Posted on: Jun 6, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Chris Waldron Joins Andrews McMeel Universal as Chief Digital Officer

  Chris Waldron became Andrews McMeel Universal‘s new Chief Digital Officer. Among AMU’s operations is comics newspaper syndication and book publishing.   Atlanta-based digital executive Chris Waldron joins Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU) as Chief Digital Officer beginning May 22, announced Chief Executive Officer Andy Sareyan. Waldron joins AMU after almost 20 years at Cartoon Network, […]

Posted on: Jun 4, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Technology, Comments: Comments Off on Chris Waldron Joins Andrews McMeel Universal as Chief Digital Officer

CSotD: Royal Flush

The above pun sets a five-cartoon limit on our largest Juxtaposition ever: (Clay Bennett) (Pat Bagley) (David Rowe) (Matt) (Mike Luckovich) I have very little to add to any of these, except maybe to note on behalf of Matt Pritchett and David Rowe that I’m glad we could give them a properly British take beyond […]

Posted on: Jun 4, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Barney Google’s Centennial Celebration Begins

  John Rose has kicked off the 100th anniversary story of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. The celebratory story starts today and, according to John, it will run “a little over two weeks.” That puts it at least until the June 17, 2019 centennial.   above: the first two Barney Google strips (June 17 and […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Pastis Auctions Two Pearls for STEM Prep Benefit

  Stephan Pastis offered up the originals of two Pearls Before Swine signed Sunday strips to help benefit STEM Preparatory Schools. Founded in 2015 through the merger of several highly successful schools, STEM Preparatory Schools operates public charter schools in the West Adams and Jefferson Park neighborhoods of South Los Angeles.  We are committed to […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Pastis Auctions Two Pearls for STEM Prep Benefit

CSotD: Monday Mix

Tank McNamara comments on something that has alternately puzzled and depressed me: The resurgence in recent years of boxing. The fight he refers to was a particularly strong example of why. Howard Cosell, who was at the time the best-known boxing announcer, stepped away from the sport late in 1982, after announcing a particularly brutal […]

Posted on: Jun 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments