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CSotD: Burnout

There are many reasons to like Mike Thompson‘s cartoon, starting with the timing. I hit a point last night where I didn’t want to read the arguing and self-sanctities on my computer anymore and I didn’t want to watch the talking heads promote their talking points on TV, and so I just read books that […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

I’m the Guy That Put the Kid in Kidney Stew

Patrick McDonnell pays tribute to Rube Goldberg in today’s Mutts.    I’m the Guy was one of many titles that made up Rube Goldberg’s comic strip. This was at a time when even daily comic strips were given enough room to have companion panels/strips. In 1912 Rube, with Bert Grant, wrote a song with the […]

Posted on: Mar 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, video, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Random but relevant

Jeff Danziger captures the mood, or at least mine and presumably his. I’ve been working from home for the past decade, so I don’t know why this would be any different, but it is, mostly, I think, because “working from home” always included a lot of little errands that I’m thinking twice about now. Which […]

Posted on: Mar 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Albert Uderzo – RIP

Cartoonist Albert Uderzo has passed away. Alberto Aleandro (Albert) Uderzo April 25, 1927 – March 24, 2020   From The Guardian obituary: Asterix illustrator Albert Uderzo has died at the age of 92, his family has announced. The French comic book artist, who created the beloved Asterix comics in 1959 with the writer René Goscinny, […]

Posted on: Mar 24, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, International, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Fishman is New Mallard Fillmore Cartoonist – updated

Confirmed. Fishman = Loren Fishman. See update below original story. original March 10 post: New Mallard Fillmore comic strips are being signed “Fishman.” After about 3½ months of reruns new Mallard Fillmore strips have begun appearing this week. But they are not being signed by creator Bruce Tinsley. Last year Reed Brennan notified subscribers to […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 10 Comments

CSotD: Strips get up to date

I’m getting burned out on editorial cartoons, mostly because they aren’t saying much that’s new or important anymore. JD Crowe has the right to publicize the nitwits of spring break because it took pleas from several sources to get his governor to shut down Alabama’s beaches and get rid of spring break crowds. Parenthetically, I’d […]

Posted on: Mar 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Comics Corona Conundrum – updated

When is too late? What is proper? Syndicated comic strips are created weeks in advance, and Sunday editions are set in stone a couple weeks before delivery to our front porches. So times and circumstances often conspire against the medium. Today Tank McNamara had a (really funny) baseball gag. Unfortunately baseball season for 2020 has […]

Posted on: Mar 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Exeunt, laughing

Starting off today with John Aucther, both to pursue his point and to express how tiring it is to monitor social media these days. He’s right about the foolishness of trying to gather everything under the umbrella of “media” in any meaningful way. It’s ironic … or maybe just stupid … to hear people who […]

Posted on: Mar 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Chinese American Cartoonist Takes on Covid-19

Chen Weng knows from coronavirus hot spots. The artist was born in Wuhan and now lives in Seattle, so it was only natural that her online comics would begin to steer toward commentary about covid-19. “People in the rest of the world might not have known much at the time, but it was all people […]

Posted on: Mar 22, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Román Arámbula – RIP

Comic strip artist and animator Román Arámbula has passed away. Román V. Arámbula September 18, 1936 (?1935?) – March 19, 2020   animation, comic strips The Lambiek Comiclopedia profile. A brief filmography and comics work outline from I.N.D.U.C.K.S.: Education/training Mexico City University Animated films Television commercials 1960s (no specifics known). – Hanna-Barbera: Layout artist 1970-1975 […]

Posted on: Mar 20, 2020,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

74th Reubens – Divisional Nominees Announced

The National Cartoonists Society has revealed the 2019 NCS Divisional Award nominees for the 74th Annual NCS Reuben Awards. All nominees for all categories at the National Cartoonists Society site. Good Luck to all!  

Posted on: Mar 20, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies Despite It All

Alex has been at the top of his game this past week, and here’s one that evokes the unlikely phrase, “The good thing about syphilis …” The good thing about syphilis being that the number of people who need to be informed is presumably more limited, though it does bring to mind Jim Bouton’s observation […]

Posted on: Mar 20, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Strips and Cartooning in News and History

Archie and Flash Gordon Together Again for the First Time The Hollywood Reporter reports that Flash Gordon will appear in an Archie comic book: The 48-page special issue will be written by Jeff Parker — who wrote Flash Gordon for Dynamite Entertainment — with art by Archie mainstay Dan Parent. In the book, the Riverdale […]

Posted on: Mar 19, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Alone (and yet alive)

J.D. Crowe extends the invitation and we should all accept it and gather together, separately. I’m good with that. I’ve worked at home for the past decade and I don’t miss going into the office. But even JD Salinger used to come into town once in awhile to check his mail and have a cup of […]

Posted on: Mar 19, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Luann: 35 Years of 13 Going On 18

On March 17, 1985 we met a 13-year-old ( a pre-teen?) Luann. above: the first daily Luann – March 18, 1985 Over the the 35 years the strip has been around Luann has grown to be a young adult. On the occasion of the anniversary Andrews McMeel Syndication interviewed creator Greg Evans. What is your […]

Posted on: Mar 17, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Luann: 35 Years of 13 Going On 18