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Happy Art Sansom’s Birthday

Cartoonist Art Sansom was born 100 years ago on September 16, 1920. Twenty-five years after his birth Art Samsom would join the NEA art staff, an organization with which he would spend the rest of his life. In 1948 Art would be picked to continue the weekly Peggy comic strip for the syndicate. Yes. Art […]

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

Prince Valiant Title Panels 2014 – 2020

In 2014 Thomas Yeates, the artist of the Prince Valiant comic strip, began the practice of including title panels to remedy some artistic problems with the layout of the strip. These title panels, which change as the next adventure begins, are exclusive to the Sunday sections that print the strip (a practice I heartily endorse). […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Journal Sentinel Adds Dogs of C-Kennel

There are some new dogs in town — well, new in the Journal Sentinel Sunday Comics section, anyway. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has added The Dogs of C-Kennel to its Sunday Funnies. Will, Kenny, Cocoa, Tucker and Iggy are the “Dogs of C-Kennel,” which makes its Milwaukee debut in this Sunday’s Comics section. Begun in […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Tuesday Titterings

The world is full of serious issues, but I’m in a Big Nate mood: Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight. Starting with … Juxtaposition of this past Friday (F-Minus)   (Flying McCoys) This was such an odd Juxtaposition that it made me stop and say, “Didn’t I just read this?” and go back. It also struck me […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments

The Soft Shoe Shuffle (Brookins to Lansing)

September 14, 2020 saw Ben Lansing begin signing the daily Shoe comic strip. The change in art is negligible. As cartoonist Gary Brookins revealed earlier this year when he announced his retirement from Shoe after 20 years: Ben Lansing, a talented cartoonist, illustrator, web designer (and Richmonder) will continue art production on “Shoe.” Ben has […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Fools and Grifters

A lot of stuff to catch up on today, but I can’t hold back on this Arlo & Janis lest they no longer be first. And if this blog weren’t dedicated to saluting good work, I’d start a counter to track the number of masked jack-o’-lantern cartoons to follow. But I won’t. Though it’s okay […]

Posted on: Sep 14, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Sunday Funnies:A Hit Before Your Mother Was Born

We’ll start this edition of Sunday Funnies with some strips that have been around a while. Brenda Starr arrives as guest star in Dick Tracy; along with Annie and who-knows-who-else.This particular story began with this past Monday’s installment. R. Robert Pollak and the Brenda Starr Fan Page for the in-production look.   I don’t recall […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: In praise of silly stuff

We’ll lead off with the National Cartoonists Society winners from yesterday’s virtual convention, which, by the way, was a really good idea. The more you can bring in fans, the more you motivate them to continue being fans. And, as DD Degg has noted, the whole shebang is perserved on YouTube and he’s posted the […]

Posted on: Sep 13, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 12 Comments

Uncle Lumpy Critiques the Funny Pages

When the Comics Curmudgeon Josh Fruhlinger takes a vacation, Uncle Lumpy spells him as the comics’ caustic commentator. Yet, Lumpy continues to see in the form he takes to task the potential to transcend its role as a mere diversion from the day’s news, “When it’s done really, really well,” he observes, “by developing and exploring characters […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Uncle Lumpy Critiques the Funny Pages

Comic Strips, Newspapers, and Pagination

From a concerned reader of the Winston-Salem Journal: Q: What happened to the Nancy and Curtis comic strips on the Journal comics pages? Will they be coming back? Turns out it was the paper’s pagination service. Answer: The folks who do our daily comics page layouts experienced technical problems last week, and substituted different columns […]

Posted on: Sep 12, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

NPR Reviews Keith Knight’s ‘Woke’

There’s been a lot of good press surrounding cartoonist Keith Knight’s new Hulu comedy show “Woke.” It debuted on September 9th and NPR reviewed it on the same day. From the Eric Deggans review: “This is a pitch-perfect comedy released at just the right time, encouraging us to laugh at all of the absurdities surrounding […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on NPR Reviews Keith Knight’s ‘Woke’

Pultizer Cartoon Expanded Into Graphic Novel

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winner for editorial cartooning, Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, is now a graphic novel. The authors have expanded the original 20 part series into a 192 page graphic novel. When it came to illustrating the book, Michael approached his drawing style differently. The project “put me […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Pultizer Cartoon Expanded Into Graphic Novel

The Return of Chirpy Comics by J+J Koterba

When Jeff Koterba isn’t drawing editorial cartoons, he’s collaborating with adult son Josh on the antics of Cat, Dog and Turtle. The critters are the stars of the Koterbas’ feel-good comic strip, “Chirpy.” It debuted online in April, inspired by COVID-19 and self-isolation. Jeff and Josh took a few weeks off from their Chirpy comic […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Return of Chirpy Comics by J+J Koterba

CSotD: TGIFF

But first, this … Having used Chip Bok‘s cartoon yesterday to illustrate conservatives who dismiss the revelations in the Atlantic because of (fairly standard) anonymous sources, it’s only fair to note that he posted this that morning. Fair enough, Chip. Now let’s dispense with politics and enjoy some Friday Funnies.   Granted, Candorville often riffs […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Saturday’s NCSFest/Reuben Awards Hours Away

   Saturday September 12 is fast approaching. The day will be filled with cartooning goodness as the National Cartoonists Society‘s 74th Annual Reuben Awards will go out to the whole wide world over the web. The NCS has set up a FAQ page on Facebook about this first ever festival. Q: Do I need any […]

Posted on: Sep 10, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Saturday’s NCSFest/Reuben Awards Hours Away