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CSotD: Things I get, things I don’t

Pros and Cons puts matters in a way I like: Whimsical on the surface, darker inside. It’s a good starting point for today’s post. The face you present to a jury and the face your friends and relations see might be an extreme example, but much in your life depends, I think, on the distance […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Potpourri & Popeye

Let’s get the political piece out of the way first: In today’s Non Sequitur, Wiley Miller comments on the new rules for press briefings at the White House. I’m okay with the new format, not because it’s a victory for press freedom, of course, except to the degree that it is. I don’t believe in […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2018,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

King Features Celebrates Popeye’s 90th with New Look, Videos

George Gene Gustines over at The New York Times covers the news that King Features has retooled the look and feel of Popeye and has created new animations to commemorate his 90th birthday. From the piece: “He’s younger, but you can’t tell how old he is,” said C. J. Kettler, the president of King Features, which syndicates […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

The Garry Trudeau Chronicles

  CBS Sunday Morning’s Sunday Profile for December 2, 2018 is Jane Pauley interviewing cartoonist Garry Trudeau. Garry Trudeau and Jane Pauley are, of course, husband and wife. After the intro to the piece a face to face interview starts off a bit awkward but quickly gets into the high points of Garry’s career and […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2018,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: News and Sports

George HW Bush has died and Bob Englehart offers my favorite obituary cartoon on the topic, which is pretty muted and not terribly specific, but then so was GHWB. Bush always struck me as a behind-the-throne type, not a Number One Leader sort of person, and that’s not a slight: Somebody needs to keep all […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

First and Last – John Carter of Mars comic strip

  The recent talk of man traveling to Mars and of man-made objects landing on Mars, it is easy to forget that one hundred and fifty years ago John Carter went to Mars. The Civil War veteran, after entering a cave, was mysteriously transported to the red planet. His fantastic adventures there were finally made […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Hawks and Owls and Crabs, oh my

  It’s no particular secret to Constant Readers that I’m a fan of Ann Telnaes, but when, quite some time ago, she began to simply add stacks to her “Nothingburger” cartoon base, I felt she was overplaying the concept. However, I may have missed the value of patience and of a sort of quiet relentlessness. […]

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

Thrilling Tom the Dancing Bug Stories as Told By Ruben Bolling

  Just before his birthday cartoonist Ruben Bolling was interviewed (this being posted a day after the birthday). But no special occasion is needed to talk to the Herblock Prize winning cartoonist. If the opportunity presents itself, grab it; and Stephen Roth did. Stephen starts with what everyone has been wondering about. Q: Is “Ruben” […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Some Comic Strip Content Included

  Greg Cravens Gets Stoned The Buckets and Hubris cartoonist Greg Cravens and writer Gabriel DeRanzo’s latest paths have dovetailed into a joint effort: Stoned Ninja. What did the inexperienced DeRanzo possess that nobody else had? A completed script. According to Cravens, who’s been around the block a time or two, that made all the […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

‘Bilge’ Comic Strip by Tina Johnson Ends

  In the comic strip Bilge, two bald eagles are having a conversation while perching on the cross atop St. Michael’s Cathedral. “Bilge is kind of a stupid name for a comic strip,” says one. “What do you suggest?” says the other. “How about Peanuts?” “How about Just Sue Me Now?” A kingfisher sitting just […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies

Over at Comics Kingdom Vintage Strips, Big Ben Bolt has just wrapped up one adventure and is off on another. It’s a good time to jump on board, but it also made me wish life and international diplomacy were as simple as this fellow thinks. The strip is from August, 1958, so a certain young […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Jane Pauley interviews Garry Trudeau

  The 50th year of Doonesbury (including the Bull Tales years) marks the first time journalist Jane Pauley will interview cartoonist husband Garry Trudeau. From the CBS press release: To mark the 50th anniversary of the famed cartoon strip, Pauley and Trudeau traveled to Yale University, where it all began when Trudeau was a 20-year-old […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Hy Eisman and Popeye and David Reddick

  Autumn Years, the Bergen County magazine for over sixty types, cover featured an eight page story about cartoonist Hy Eisman for its Summer 2018 issue. Detailing his life and career from Depression Era child to 91 year old Popeye cartoonist and everything in between. From Little Lulu to Little Iodine, from never-was comic strips […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Vacuous, toffee-nosed, malodorous perverts

There have been a raft of cartoons using the Statue of Liberty to comment on the tear-gassing at the border, some quite good, others quite predictable, but I like Jim Morin‘s because it is unapologetic in admitting that we’ve left our values behind. That is, I get a nice emotional surge from the idea that […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Bob Mankoff Launches New Cartoon Site

Longtime/former New Yorker cartoon editor and current Esquire humor editor Bob Mankoff announced earlier in the month he was launching a new cartoon site in the same mold as The Cartoon Bank  (a site he created and later sold to Conde Nast). He spoke to Michael Cavna at The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs about the new […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments