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Spinning the Cartoon Wheel Again

Whhhiirrrrr…clik…clik…clik…clak   Awards The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the nominees for the seventh annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The winner in each of our categories will be announced April 12. Each winner will receive $1,000 and eternal glory. On the shortlist of nominees for Best Web Comic […]

Posted on: Mar 12, 2019,  Section: Animation, Auctions, Awards, Cartooning, Comic strips, Legal, Newspaper industry, Off topic, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Life Within The Idiocracy

This Pat Bagley cartoon has been hanging around too long, but I’m going to feature it anyway because it’s such a good introduction to the blatant disinformation circulating in our system. Of course, nobody said we needed to do away with cattle entirely, but having even said that (A) they produce a lot of methane […]

Posted on: Mar 12, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Cartoonists: Bill Griffith, Tom Scott, Steve Ditko, Rube Goldberg, Jeff Kinney, Will McPhail

  Interview: Bill Griffith, Nobody’s Fool, and a Grand Career in Comics In 1976, Zippy began to appear in about 50 alternative weekly newspapers–syndicated only by me. From ’76 to ’85, Zippy was a weekly strip that I syndicated alone. In 1985, the San Francisco Examiner, a daily Hearst paper, was given over to a […]

Posted on: Mar 11, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Cartoonist, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Long Divisions

Hard on the heels of Friday’s discussion of hourly v flat rate payment for freelancers, Pajama Diaries reminds me of why it’s worth putting up with late pay and low pay and picky people. And the robe is only a symbol. It’s also the ability to slip out to soccer games without having to explain […]

Posted on: Mar 11, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Sunday Funnies – March 10 notes and noted

  A couple notes…   For the first time in over two years the Sunday In The Bleachers is signed.     I’m pretty sure the Marvin and Staff Sunday logo is a first.   and some things noted.   A few months late, but Dick Tracy celebrates Gasoline Alley’s 100th (November 24, 1918).   […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Bloomington Pantagraph Adds 14 Sunday Comics

The Bloomington Pantagraph is adding 14 comic strips to today’s Sunday Funnies section. We’re launching 14 new strips in our four-page weekly comics section starting with Sunday’s Pantagraph. Our new Sunday lineup will now include favorites, including “Baby Blues,” “The Born Loser,” “Dilbert,” “Garfield,” “Marmaduke,” “Mutts,” “One Big Happy,” “Pearls Before Swine,” “Phoebe and Her […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Bloomington Pantagraph Adds 14 Sunday Comics

CSotD: Later That Sunday

(I don’t mind the time change, but I’m surely about to get tired of two weeks of people bitching about it on social media.) And on a related rant: Meanwhile, I went ahead and did my taxes yesterday, because I also am tired of the bitching about refunds vs. tax cuts, as laid out in […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Later That Sunday

Never Was Comic Strips – Captain Marvel/Mr. Tawny

Captain Marvel is in the movie theaters and Shazam is rolling out next month, so let’s take a look at a proposed Captain Marvel superhero comic strip that never made it into newspapers. 75 years ago the most popular comic book superhero was not Superman, it was the original Captain Marvel (now referred to as […]

Posted on: Mar 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Never Was Comic Strips – Captain Marvel/Mr. Tawny

Winston-Salem Journal Rejiggers Comics Page

The Winston-Salem Journal has joined a couple other newspapers in taking the opportunity to switch out a few comics while replacing Non Sequitur. In this case The Journal will cancel three daily strips that have been in rerun status for years. Three strips that have been entirely in reruns in recent years — Get Fuzzy, […]

Posted on: Mar 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Knowing a Guy

Everybody is jumping on the Manafort sentencing, and I like Stuart Carlson‘s take in large part because he doesn’t specify the offense that the defendant was convicted of. We can assume, racists and classists that we are, that the fellow didn’t evade millions of dollars in taxes, but, unlike some cartoonists that compare a sentence […]

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

National Women’s Hall of Fame Inducts Rose O’Neill

  The National Women’s Hall of Fame announced their 2019 inductees. Cartoonist Rose O’Neill of Kewpies fame was among the chosen. From the Hall’s O’Neill profile: Rose O’Neill: (1874-1944) As a successful artist, writer, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Rose boldly assisted with the activities of the woman suffrage movements coordinated by the National Woman’s Suffrage Association headquartered […]

Posted on: Mar 8, 2019,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on National Women’s Hall of Fame Inducts Rose O’Neill

Women’s History Month – Cartoonist Wing

Seems as good a time as any to drop these recent comic strip articles.   Where I’m Coming From by Barbara Brandon-Croft Where I’m Coming From’s mission as a comic meant to affect change rather than just entertain was twofold. First, Brandon-Croft wanted white readers to fully grasp the struggles of Black Americans as people […]

Posted on: Mar 8, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Women’s History Month – Cartoonist Wing

CSotD: Friday Funnies (Personal Takes)

I was going to post this Mr. Boffo cartoon starring Paul Manafort, but we don’t do politics on Friday. (FWIW, the joke is that he’s completely clear on the concept.) Instead, here are some strips highlighting a week in which a whole lot of cartoonists happened to come up with gags to which I responded […]

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

James Allen “Pearls” Stephan Pastis, Now It’s War

  James Allen, in today’s Mark Trail, turned the table on Stephan Pastis.   Stephan has been known to mock other comic strip characters in his Pearls Before Swine. James Allen (via Facebook) related a tale of one such incident that led to today’s strip: Last year, in Philly, I sat in on Jeff Keane’s […]

Posted on: Mar 7, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Los Angeles Times Reinstates Non Sequitur

  It seems letter writing campaigns are effective. The Los Angeles Times announced today that Wiley Miller’s Non Sequitur comic strip will be returning. TO OUR READERS: A month ago, The Times halted publication of the “Non Sequitur” cartoon by Wiley Miller after an illustration in the strip on a Sunday contained a vulgar message. […]

Posted on: Mar 7, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments