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“Feiffer On Nixon” in the Trump Era

  “It’s déjà vu all over again.” – Yogi Berra So Michael Tisserand took 1974’s Feiffer On Nixon down from the shelf… Recently, I re-read Feiffer on Nixon while, in the background, live impeachment proceedings played over my computer. It produced a feeling that, at least for a short time, mimicked a sense of calm. […]

Posted on: Jan 19, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

First and Last – Friday Foster and Torchy Brown

January 18, 1970, fifty years ago today, heralded the debut of the first “mainstream” comic strip starring an African American heroine: Friday Foster by Jim Lawrence and Jorge Longaron. above: the January 18, 1970 Friday Foster debut strip (hat tip to Doc Vassallo) The strip would run four years never getting a large number of […]

Posted on: Jan 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Rachel Lindsay Returns to Seven Days

Cartoonist Rachel Lindsay has returned to Vermont’s alternative weekly Seven Days with a new strip. Last summer, with the July 31, 2019 issue, Rachel signed off on her weekly comic strip Rachel Lives Here Now saying goodbye to her readers and fans. (For the record Rachel Lives Here Now began January 13, 2016.) Two weeks […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! Read Comics, Get Smarter

Language experts have been studying the act of reading comics and its effect on the brain, and they have arrived to the conclusion that reading comic books makes you smarter. Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for January 2020 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoons, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Publications, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies Droning On About the Past

I know I was supposed to laugh at today’s Arctic Circle, but my response was “That would have been so cool!” I think, had Alex Hallatt had the drone say something like “Don’t pick your nose!” or “Put your gloves on,” she’d have gotten the intended response, but “Come home now!” unleashed a flood. A […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Andertoons Professional Cartooning Workshop

Famed cartoonist Mark Anderson is holding a cartooning workshop in May. I’m pleased to announce the very first Andertoons Professional Cartooning Workshop! It’s a full weekend of in-depth cartooning with me. We’ll cover everything from writing great gags to the nuts and bolts of selling cartoons. You’ll leave educated, energized and inspired to achieve your […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Brother Rock Comic Strip Gets into Print Paper

Randy Gabbard has been in the rock and roll music scape for decades … now he’s turned all those experiences into an eclectic comic strip that explores the life of an aging, would-be rock star and his antic-driven sidekicks William, Bosco the dog and a gaggle of feisty ducks. In 2016 Randy partnered with cartoonist […]

Posted on: Jan 16, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Expanding the Rooney Rule Beyond Football

I really puzzled over where to start today, but settled on Tank McNamara not because of the gag itself, though it made me laugh: My own view is that the Cleveland Browns should put its owners in coaching positions, since they can’t seem to find a qualified coach they want to keep. But it’s the […]

Posted on: Jan 15, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Assess this, pal

Mr. Fitz came along this morning as the third part of an odd bit of synchronicity, which is a fancy word for “coincidence” that assumes the cosmos does these things on purpose. To deal with the cartoon first of all, this is, unfortunately, something that will ring true with good teachers and probably won’t be […]

Posted on: Jan 14, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

Ask Shagg – What’re Peter Guren’s Future Plans?

The (Springfield) Republican had carried the Ask Shagg comic strip by Peter Guren. With the feature ending, editor Cynthia G. Simison asked Peter about his past… For the next two years, Guren says, he worked among an inspiring group of cartoon artists, many of whom were just like him, pitching their comic strip ideas to […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020,  Section: Children's Books, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Steve Stiles – RIP

Cartoonist Steve Stiles has passed away. Stephen Willis Stiles July 16, 1943 – January 11, 2020   Steve Stiles is a cartoonist I recognize from his underground comix work. His work appeared in comix books with irresistible titles like Dope Comix and Bizarre Sex. In some box around here I have those floppies, along with […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

90 Years Ago – Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Debuts

Mickey Mouse first appeared in an animated short in the Fall of 1928 and was an instant hit. By the next Summer: The popular Mickey cartoons piqued the interest of J.V. Connelly of King Features Syndicate, who proposed the release of a Mickey Mouse comic strip as early as June 1929. The Disney Studio soon […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD hits your doggy in the bow-wow-wowels

Let’s start the week with a surprise: They still make Gravy Train. Well, I was surprised, anyway. Sherman’s Lagoon has been toying with this little dog shark for several days and it’s been a fun arc, but today’s stopped me, because I thought, of all the time-worn irrelevant references in comic strips, Gravy Train really […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Roanoke Times Does the Sunday Funnies Shuffle

The Roanoke (Va.) Times has changed its Sunday Funnies roster. Six are dropped from the Sunday edition Agnes, Doonesbury, For Better or For Worse, Get Fuzzy, Red and Rover, Speed Bump. Twelve are added to the Sunday edition Andy Capp, B.C., Beetle Bailey, Big Nate, Dennis the Menace, Foxtrot, Marmaduke, Mutts, Shoe, Snuffy Smith, The […]

Posted on: Jan 12, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

“Caption It!” by Steve Breen Goes National

We covered this new comic feature by Steve Breen earlier; but today it is official (with instructions and today’s date): CAPTION IT! by Steve Breen January 12, 2020 – weekly Creators Syndicate It can be seen on the Creators site, GoComics, which carries the Creators strips, has not yet added it to their comics page.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments