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CSotD: The Grumpy Old Critic Speaks

Stuart Carlson (AMS) picks up on a twisted saying that I’ve just noticed entering the conversation, and which we need to nip in the bud. It’s different than my oft-raged-upon misuse of “rats leaving a sinking ship,” of which I spotted two examples today, both by cartoonists I greatly admire. As noted before, there is […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Greatish Expectations

We’re entering the holiday season, which is normal, but still in lockdown mode, which, of course, is not, and Joe Heller (AMS) remarks on a year that has somehow managed to have troughs without peaks. Which is, of course, ridiculous: You can’t have troughs without peaks. It’s just that the troughs seemed very low and […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: This Boot Was Made For Walking

So Joe Biden was playing with one of his German shepherds and managed to break a small bone in his foot, which would be small potatoes if it were one of us, but matters because he is (whether or not you accept the fact) the President-elect of These United States. And also because we are […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! – A November Addendum

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2020 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. A number of November books have come to notice since the mid-month list. The Undiscovered Master: Bob Briare: The Story of a Man, His […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Are we still a role model?

This Madam & Eve (Ind) isn’t the first I knew that Black Friday sales have become a global phenomenon, but it struck me that they’re not only in places like South Africa and Australia, but so well-known that you can reference them in puns. Which is bizarre, given that Black Friday is the Friday after […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Ed Colley Trivia Panel for Ipswich Local News

Cartoonist Ed Colley has redesigned the Ipswich Local News logo. Editor/publisher John P. Muldoon explains: Astute readers — and I am fully confident that is each and every one of you — will have noticed a small change to the Ipswich Local News logo recently. The clam has been replaced with a new version drawn […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Issues of judgment

With so many comics about Thanksgiving leftovers, it seems okay to feature a Thanksgiving leftover from the editorial page, with praise for Signe Wilkinson (Phil Daily News) for acknowledging that (as noted here previously) the Pilgrims were, indeed, “known superspreaders” by the time of that feast. In her commentary on the cartoon, she writes, “As […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

G.B.Trudeau Picks 10 Defining Doonesbury Strips

Trudeau: The legendary Mary McGrory told me that in all her years of writing columns, she wasn’t sure a single one of them had changed anything. That’s not a bar that cartoonists generally set for themselves, but in the case of my story arc about racist Palm Beach pass cards, the strip did have an […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Black Friday Funnies

Thank you, Monty (AMS), that will be all for now. Today marks the end of cartoons in which turkeys pretend to be other kinds of birds and brings us to Beartrap in the Fireplace season.   It’s possible to do good holiday cartoons, as Edison Lee (KRP) demonstrates, with a Black Friday gag that marks […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 13 Comments

CSotD: Holiday Extravaganza

More history (or nostalgia, depending on your age) than commentary today. These are the cartoons you’d have seen in your papers a half century ago, specifically on November 26, 1970, which was Thanksgiving that year, too. Kent State was a few months in the past, the Draft Lottery a few weeks in the future. The […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 15 Comments

Peter Steiner: Fired by Paper, Hired by New Yorker

Stories about people getting fired before landing great success or fame are interesting to hear. As it turns out, The Oconee Enterprise has such a story. In 1978, Peter Steiner was fired from this newspaper for cartoons about a controversial school bond referendum. He went on to draw for The New Yorker and is well […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Gratitude

Anne Morse Hambrock (Ind) asks a troubling question in “Anne and God,” one that we should all ponder. Okay, that was long enough. Thing is, once something is established as a holiday dish, it doesn’t matter what it tastes like or how it’s made. Many a young bride (well, one I know of) has made […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

CSotD: Aftermath, if you can keep it

A whole lot of cartoons just went obsolete, including this one by Mike Luckovich (AJC).   But others spring up to take their place, and this Pat Byrnes (Cagle) piece makes a lovely companion piece to Luckovich’s earlier cartoon, the pair, taken together, offering a reasonable perspective on the past several weeks. Even yesterday’s concession […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Monday Sweep Out

There’s not much new going on in the political realm, so I thought I’d clean up a few things that either could have run this past Friday but didn’t, or that won’t wait until the next. In his weekly wrap-up blog, Wayno noted that he could have put a sash on the traditional Old Year […]

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

CSotD: My Cousin Rudy

Editor’s Note:  I brought “My Cousin Vinny” into the conversation two weeks before Rudy did, and hardly in the same context: Poor Fred Gwynne was a decent judge stuck between nitwits from both sides of the cultural divide, with (spoiler alert!) the outcome decided by a blue-collar city girl who knew an awful lot about […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments