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Robert Arial’s “Lowcountry” Comic Strip Debuts

The Charleston City Paper is introducing its readers to a new comic strip. Longtime South Carolina editorial cartoonist Robert Ariail will now contribute a comic strip to the alternative weekly. Nationally syndicated cartoonist Robert Ariail will begin appear in the City Paper this week with a new cartoon series he’s calling, “Lowcountry.” Ariail, who lives […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Zits’ Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman Interviewed

I think our partnership is pretty remarkable. [We] each have the attitude that we will gladly do two-thirds of the work. We’ve lifted each other during the rough times that life brings. We live by the Golden Rule of Improvisation, which means that when one of us has an idea, the other says “Yes, and…” […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Bob Fujitani – RIP

Comic strip and comic book artist Bob Fujitani has passed away. Robert (Bob) FujitaniOctober 15, 1921 – September 6, 2020   From the obituary: Bob is well known among comic buffs for his lifelong career as a comic book artist. He was only twenty when he went to work at the New York studio of […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Bob Fujitani – RIP

Newspaper Admits Cutting Comics Was Wrong

Downsizing its syndicated comics and puzzles was a bad decision says The Laurel Leader-Call. You have spoken, and we have quickly answered. As loyal readers noticed in the Aug. 15 edition of the Leader-Call, we introduced a slimmed-down version of our comics and puzzles page. We did this to try to provide quality over quantity. […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Newspaper Admits Cutting Comics Was Wrong

CSotD: They’re not reruns if you’ve never seen them

At the early morning hour I should have been blogging today, I was preparing to go work the polls at the New Hampshire Primaries. Fortunately, I am, in fact, the fellow in this vintage xkcd, and have an extensive collection of funny pictures on my hard drive. While they won’t serve as alternative currency — […]

Posted on: Sep 8, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Blondie and Dagwood Turn 90

above: Blondie by Chic Young (1930) Chic Young’s Blondie comic strip first appeared on September 8, 1930. above: the debut of Blondie and Dagwood In 2012 R. C. Harvey informed us of the history of the strip and it’s creator. The authorized Blondie backstory via The Wayback Machine.   It took a walk down the […]

Posted on: Sep 7, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

What Might Have Been – Return of the Dragon

It’s Spring 1982 and The Legend of Bruce Lee by Sharman DiVono and Fran Matera has debuted on the comics pages. But five years earlier the legendary comic masters Milton Caniff and Noel Sickles had joined forces to prepare samples of their version of the comic strip Bruce Lee. Noel Sickles revolutionized daily black and […]

Posted on: Sep 7, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on What Might Have Been – Return of the Dragon

2020 Hindsites – Late on the Breaking News

Clearing out some bookmarked items. The Blount County Daily Times has a nice write-up about Dave and Doreen Dotson and their long-running (15 years?) weekly comic strip Outzkirts. Unfortunately we only get one look at the article and then it goes behind a paywall. So I am unable to quote from the article. But here’s […]

Posted on: Sep 6, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strips From the Week That Was

Looking back at some comic strips from this past week. But first, since both Beetle Bailey and Stars and Stripes were in the news, here is this weekend’s Stars and Stripes’ comics section where the paper gets a mention in Sunday’s Beetle Bailey.   Late add: I don’t know if Mike Peters pulled this one […]

Posted on: Sep 5, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Kevin and Kell – A Silver Anniversary

Kevin and Kell began 25 years ago as a five day a week online comic strip. The first daily was September 4, 1995 (below). But Bill Holbrook, being Bill Holbrook, began the strip with a Sunday page on September 3, 1995: Bill was, at the time, doing his On the Fastrack (1984) and Safe Havens […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies con brio

Alex notes the slight easing of quarantine and, one hopes, the slight easing of tensions caused thereby. The element of holiday visitors is a lively one here, because, when NYC blew up in the pandemic, a lot of people with second homes in New England skedaddled up here. There was some resentment at first, on […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Three Word Answer: ‘Tom the Dancing Bug’s’ Ruben Bolling (Part II)

On today’s “Three-Word Answer” it’s Part 2 of our chat talking with social/political/pop-culture/jack-of-all-genres Ruben Bolling. Ruben is the cartoonist behind the weekly comic “Tom the Dancing Bug” that can be seen on such august sites as BoingBoing, Daily Kos, The Washington Post and GoComics. If you’ll remember the format of this Q&A, we ask, oh […]

Posted on: Sep 3, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

The Comics Page: Living on a Thin Line

Jan Bosman in the Northwest Herald: The last several months, I have noticed obvious differences among [the Herald’s comic] strips. Some cartoonists frequently incorporate coronavirus references into their submissions, while others stay with their basic story lines. For example, Tom Thaves shows Frank & Ernest wearing masks when they’re out in public. And those amiable […]

Posted on: Sep 2, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

74th Annual Reuben Awards/2020 NCSFest Lineup

The National Cartoonist Society has released its schedule for the September 12, 2020 NCSFest and Reuben Awards.   Streaming broadcast begins at10am Saturday, September 12 at NCSFest.com   Official Welcome to NCSFest 2020 from NCS President & thank you’s.   From Panels to Publishing  (90 mins) Guests: Mark Tatulli, Terri Libenson, Maria Scrivan, and Rob […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Animation, Awards, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

First and Last – Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger

Most comics historians, in writing about Jackie Ormes, note her Torchy Brown comic strip for which she is justly famous. But Ormes’ biographer Nancy Goldstein notes that  “it is Patty-Jo that the readers of the Courier whom I talked to seem to remember most vividly.” Goldstein continues: That a girl child expressed wisdom, exposed folly, […]

Posted on: Sep 1, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger