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CSotD: The Madness of King Donald

Kal Kallaugher notes the increasingly authoritarian nature of our perverse executive branch as it veers further from its Constitutional moorings and closer to the extremist views of its worst supporters. The Prez seems to be slipping his moorings in all sorts of ways, mostly in that, between his tweets and the formal statements coming from […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

It Don’t Come Easy

Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff and Prince Valiant by Harold Foster; yes, even Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse and E. C. Segar’s Thimble Theatre starring Popeye. Those and others have their fans who proclaim them the greatest adventure strips of all time. They are, of course, wrong. The Greatest Adventure Strip Of All Time […]

Posted on: Apr 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD – Adult Humor

Fathers get so little positive play on the comics page that, having been a single dad, I’m gonna lead with today’s Brevity. Cargo shorts notwithstanding, it’s good to see a father in the funnies who isn’t a clueless, annoying loser. My father, who was otherwise very present and attentive, didn’t teach me to shave. I […]

Posted on: Apr 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip Cartoonists in the News

  Earlier this week was a wonderful interview with cartoonist Jim Keefe talking about his Flash Gordon and Sally Forth comic strips, and the transition from adventure to humor. Also his admiration for John Romita, Al Williamsom, Joe Kubert, and others who preceded him in the field. It is obvious that Jim enjoys comics. About […]

Posted on: Apr 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: In which I see everything twice

Candorville sets the tone for today, and if Lemont and I share a cynical view of society, it’s at least a cynicism based on a sense that we could be a better place if we didn’t simply lack the will. I’ve seen a raft of black hole cartoons with this or that being dragged into […]

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

CSotD: Friday Funnies – Smartening Up

Non Sequitur sets the mood for our weekly retreat from politics, and not a moment too soon. Things have gotten to a point where even sober people feel the need for partisan divide. One of our grocery stores put a few tables in their deli section so people could sit and have a cup of […]

Posted on: Apr 12, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

Gahan Wilson – Status Update

Gahan Wilson was interviewed last month. As stepson Paul Winters said then: Gahan was interviewed today for a newspaper piece that will probably go out nationwide. The people on the reporting team were very sweet and sensitive to Gahan. Gahan was on his game…speaking about his life and other things.   The Arizona Republic story […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: The Voice of the Lobster

Doc and Raider sparks memories of my first post-divorce romance, in which two evenings a week were spent similarly lying in bed, though, in our case, we were watching Dynasty on Wednesdays and its spin-off series, the Colbys, on Thursdays. Unlike the boys, we made no attempt to sort out the nonsense playing out before […]

Posted on: Apr 11, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

California Supreme Court to Review Ted Rall’s Petition Against L.A. Times

From Ted: Against long odds, the California Supreme Court has granted my Petition for Review. We are asking the high court to vacate the LA Times’ abusive anti-SLAPP motion against me as granted by the two lower courts. The successful Petition was drafted by my attorneys Jeff Lewis and Roger Lowenstein.   From Ted’s blog: Breaking precedent where […]

Posted on: Apr 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Random fits of expertise

Agnes has found a skull which appears to be that of a cow, but she’s convinced herself that it is a fossil and is therefore the skull of a cow dinosaur. Today, under continual questioning from a dubious Trout, she plays the traditional card of the clearly-wrong: A claim of expertise. Where else have you […]

Posted on: Apr 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Strips and Cross Roads

  Mark Alan Stamaty Returns to His MacDoodle St. Home Mark Alan Stamaty’s Village Voice comic MacDoodle St. is unlike anything else in print. Each installment of the weekly strip, which ran from 1978 to 1979, is packed with sight gags and digressions, the panels near to bursting with recurring characters and critters…The final strip […]

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

CSotD: Confronting Us With Our Failures

There are times you’d like to just ignore it all and retreat into the funnies, but it’s getting kind of hard to pretend you don’t know what’s going on. Retail isn’t even trying to be political, but, then again, there was a time when the prevailing politics were such that these daily assaults on honesty […]

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

Never Was Comic Strips – Harlequin Romances and The Ploots

Peg Montana, the widow of Archie comic strip creator Bob Montana, was going through Bob’s papers after his death and came on to a proposal about aliens. Peg joined with Jeff Cuddy, Bob’s Archie assistant from the early sixties until his death in 1975, to develop the idea into a comic strip. “Going through some […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Among My Souvenirs

Bizarro takes un-cluttering to a whole other level. Sort of. This un-cluttering thing has come along at a bad time for me, because I’ve reached a point where I want to live simply — I’m in a three room apartment but envy this place because it’s so much more efficient — and I’m also old […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

From Silver to Gold – The Week That Was

  Sped Right By Me Dave Coverly celebrated the Silver Anniversary of Speed Bump this past week (April 4?, 1994).     Entertaining and Educational Silver Reuben Gainesville radio station WDUN joins James Allen in celebrating the Sunday Mark Trail being nominated in the National Cartoonists Society‘s first Variety Entertainment divisional award. “So I submitted […]

Posted on: Apr 8, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on From Silver to Gold – The Week That Was