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Rival Salesman Trolls Non Sequitur Syndicate

When the unfortunate error in judgment in the Sunday Non Sequitur was revealed to the public earlier this week reaction from newspapers was swift. Also, unexpectedly, was the quick response from a salesperson competing with Andrews McMeel Syndication for real estate on The Funny Pages. Sent to newspaper editors on Monday was this message from […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Opinion, Syndicates, Comments: 10 Comments

Society of Illustrators 2019 Hall of Fame

The Society of Illustrators has announced the inductees to their class of 2019 Hall of Fame and, as has been customary for the past 60 years, cartoonists are among the chosen.     Mary Petty (1899–1976) was a self-taught, prolific illustrator of books and magazines whose works appeared regularly on the covers of The New […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: No knife could cut our hearts in two

Ann Telnaes leads off on a day that will be a combination of political commentary and Valentine’s Day cartooning with her own combination of political commentary and Valentine’s Day cartooning. I saw another of those videos the other day where some schmuck proposes to his GF on the Jumbotron at a crowded sports event, and, […]

Posted on: Feb 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Juxtapositions of Despair

This will be a day of juxtapositions, so let’s start with a string of non-political thematic coincidences: (Red and Rover) (Pooch Cafe) (Argyle Sweater) (Frazz) I’m not claiming any great significance for these, but the convergence amused me and, if you agree with me and with Frazz about the dubious attempt to connect “esoteric” and […]

Posted on: Feb 13, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Meanwhile…Elsewhere in Comics Land

  Seems cartoonist Jerry King has a new gig. The Fast Lane Truck site is enjoying Jerry’s humor.     Coloring Camouflage I had a bit of a breakthrough when coloring this one. Initially, I tried to fill in the individual areas on each item of camouflage clothing with different colors, which quickly became overwhelming. […]

Posted on: Feb 12, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Happy Honest Abe Day

Clay Bennett has a refreshingly neutral commentary on the number of Democratic candidates lining up for the 2020 Presidential race. It’s a lot of lanes, but at least the groundskeeper is keeping them even, which is more than I’m seeing elsewhere, in both cartoons and social media commentary. Someone was trashing Kristen Gillibrand on Twitter, […]

Posted on: Feb 12, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Newspapers Are Dropping Non Sequitur Over Trump Transgression – (continually) updated

  The Butler Eagle dropping Non Sequitur over the F… Yourself Trump hidden message in the Sunday February 10 comics sections was only the tip of a growing iceberg. Other newspapers are also banishing the Wiley Miller’s comic. Among the papers ending their association with Non Sequitur are:   The aforementioned Butler Eagle “We apologize […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 25 Comments

CSotD: Monday Mix

As my colleague DD Degg noted recently, Stephan Pastis has been getting more philosophical at Pearls Before Swine lately, with his tribute to his dog getting a great deal of attention. This shift means that the strip doesn’t always produce the belly laughs it did when it was new, but it probably wouldn’t anyway. We’re […]

Posted on: Feb 11, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

Non Sequitur Vulgar Message to Trump Costs Wiley Paper(s) – update: Cartoonist & Syndicate Respond

From the Butler Eagle: “A reader brought to our attention that one of the syndicated comic strips which appears in the Sunday Butler Eagle may contain a hidden message which was apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the creator of the comic strip or the syndication which controls it,” said Ron […]

Posted on: Feb 10, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Plain Dealer Picked Wrong Comic to Drop

As reported here the Cleveland Plain Dealer, without notice, dropped the Pickles comic strip and replaced it with Animal Crackers. Response from indignant readers was immense and immediate: Oh, no, my very favorite comic, Pickles, gone! Why on earth would you drop Pickles from your comics page? The decision to replace “Pickles”… is tantamount to […]

Posted on: Feb 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Sunday Roundup

Tank McNamara takes on a large issue in sports, which has to do with integrity and idealism and hypocrisy. There was a time when gambling and sports were kept at arms’ length, not only with Pete Rose’s well known ban from baseball for gambling, but also the suspensions in 1963 of NFL stars Paul Hornung […]

Posted on: Feb 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Journal Sentinel Comics Revert to Own Section

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has made some changes to its Sunday edition. Today, I’m happy to report, we’re answering requests from subscribers to stop jumping stories backward from the last pages of two Sunday sections. Over the years, we’d dealt with some press and cost issues by combining sections in a way that irritated many […]

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

CSotD: The People Our Parents Warned Us Against

Chan Lowe points out what we’ve been seeing on Facebook, which is that what people were warned about six months ago or more is happening now. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in 2017 and so this is the first year it impacts your taxes. There was always a suspicion — big surprise […]

Posted on: Feb 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Barney, Snuffy, and th’ Greenwood Index-Journal

Back in the day it wasn’t unusual for cartoonists to do specialty drawings for individual newspapers that carried their comics, whether for promotion or as a thank you or an anniversary celebration. Below are Milton Caniff (1984) and Chester Gould (1963) samples.   It’s good to see the tradition hasn’t completely gone away. Recently John […]

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

The Funny Pages? Not Always.

  Usually when Stephan Pastis causes tears to roll it’s from laughing too hard. But occasionally Stephan gets serious in his Pearls Before Swine comic strip. Sometimes he gets profound.   Sometimes Stephan gets really intense.   Michael Cavna, at the Washington Post, took note that a late 2018 Pearls Sunday strip about Stephan’s dog […]

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