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CSotD – Yahbut

My father used to get angry with my teenage self over “Yahbut,” which was how I too often responded to his corrections. “Yah, I hear what you’re saying, But here’s what I think.” At those moments, he hadn’t been intending to open a discussion, much less a debate. Well, there’s a lot of that going […]

Posted on: May 5, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

100 Years Ago Today – Harold Teen

  above: The Love Life of Harold Teen debuts in the Chicago Tribune May 4, 1919   As Michael Vassallo says: The strip made its debut 100 years ago today, May 4, 1919 in the pages of the Patterson family owned Chicago Tribune (run by News publisher Joseph Medill Patterson’s cousin, Robert R. McCormick) and […]

Posted on: May 4, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

May 11 – Help Family Circus Stamp Out Hunger

Every year the second Saturday of May brings the Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered […]

Posted on: May 4, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on May 11 – Help Family Circus Stamp Out Hunger

May 4 is Free Comic Book Day 2019

Today, May 4, 2019, is Free Comic Book Day! Along with the ones shown here there are plenty of superhero comic books too. Visit your local comic book shop and get freebies for the kiddies.   As for you homebodies, there is free stuff also. If haven’t read an issue of the wonderful Hogan’s Alley […]

Posted on: May 4, 2019,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

The New Dick Tracy Goes Retro

  The current Dick Tracy Minit Mystery by Jim Doherty has Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz simulacra interviewing the detective about an early adventure.   With writer Doherty taking the action back to 1931, Joe Staton has altered the art to fit the times. Joe has not just adapted to the styles of […]

Posted on: May 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The New Dick Tracy Goes Retro

The Chicago Reader Quits Comics

  Earlier this year the Chicago Reader began publishing a trio of comic strips. That now comes to an end as the paper announces in its current issue: Comics serials farewell (for now) The last installments of Prairie Pothole, Violet Private Eye, and P.L. Dermes We hope you’ve enjoyed the return of comics serials to […]

Posted on: May 3, 2019,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Chicago Reader Quits Comics

CSotD: Friday Funnies – The way we heard it should be

Timing is everything in humor and I often find myself laughing at a panel because it happens to hit at just the right moment. (And you greatly increase the odds of that if you subscribe to GoComics and Comics Kingdom rather than just relying on the dozen strips your local paper offers.) As it happened, […]

Posted on: May 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Never Was Comic Strips – Jean Shepard

  Jean Shepherd was a writer, humorist, satirist, actor, radio raconteur, TV & film personality and an American original. He was a master story teller in the league of Mark Twain, S.J. Perlman and P.G. Wodehouse. Taking bits and pieces from his own life, he weaved tales of the joys, humor, intrigue and angst of […]

Posted on: May 3, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Charles Schulz was a Keen Observer

  When it comes to comic strips, none is as iconic or beloved as Peanuts, created by Charles “Sparky” Schulz over a half century. Though Peanuts centered on children, its messages and themes explored were universal and eminently relatable to adults as well as kids. Above strip dated July 1965 sold for $39,210 in October […]

Posted on: May 2, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Charles Schulz was a Keen Observer

CSotD: Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief

In Candorville, Darrin Bell has been letting his alter ego, Lemont Brown, ponder the Pulitzer. It’s funny stuff, in part because I share Lemont’s previously expressed view that plaques are for haques, and also because Darrin most certainly has won his share of Lucite, including the RFK award. And if you’d like to know more […]

Posted on: May 2, 2019,  Section: Awards, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Mark Schultz, Teller of Valiant Tales

    November 2019 will be the 15th anniversary of Mark Schultz writing Prince Valiant. I must admit I am a fan of Mark’s romantic adventures and swashbuckling action. I am not alone: Schultz was a good choice to pen Val’s adventures. As the creator of the popular comic book series Xenozoic Tales, in addition […]

Posted on: May 1, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Mark Schultz, Teller of Valiant Tales

Jason Chatfield – Cartoonist and Job Advisor

  About a week ago, after having the violent realization that I’ve been doing everything wrong, I came across a blog written by a guy named Jason Chatfield. As it turns out, Chatfield, comedian/vice president of The National Cartoonists Society/cartoonist for The New Yorker and Mad Magazine, is a productivity machine that knows the failure […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, NCSFest, Comments: 1 Comment

Kevin Fagan, 40 Years as Father of Drabble

    Kevin Fagan’s last name is printed in 200 different newspapers every week, but to his neighbors in Mission Viejo, he’s just a regular guy. Fagan can usually be found in his home studio, using his dip pen and ink to create new story-lines for his long-running comic series, Drabble. The series runs every day and […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, NCSFest, Comments: Comments Off on Kevin Fagan, 40 Years as Father of Drabble

CSotD: Friday Funnies Come On A Tuesday This Week

I could use a nice, non-political fun day today. Not that fun can’t be thought-provoking, of course, which makes Joy of Tech ironically named. Stupid pop-ups have taken a lot of the joy out of tech, or, at least, out of the Internet part. I’ve long resisted pop-up blockers because I understand that content needs […]

Posted on: Apr 30, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Floyd Norman to Receive Milton Caniff Award

  On May 18, at the Reuben Award Dinner, it will be revealed who wins the National Cartoonists Society divisional awards and who will be named Cartoonist of the Year. The NCS also presents other awards, sometimes revealing the honoree ahead of time. Animator and cartoonist Floyd Norman has been named the recipient of the […]

Posted on: Apr 29, 2019,  Section: Animation, Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 1 Comment