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Aug 4, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Ricardo Caté Receives 2021 Governor Award for Excellence in Arts Ricardo Caté, whose cartoons have offered a laugh and penetrating insight to readers of The New Mexican for 15 years, was one of seven recipients of the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.   Ricardo Caté: The only Native American cartoonist in a […]

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Virtual 2021 Reubens Weekend/NCSFest Oct 15 & 16

Aug 4, 2021 by D. D. Degg

From the National Cartoonists Society: We are excited to share that we have put together a fantastic schedule of virtual events alongside our awarding of the 2020 Divisional Reuben Awards to be held online on on October 15 & 16. Mark your calendars and stay tuned to this NCS blog, email and social media […]

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CSotD: The fragility of commentary

Aug 4, 2021 by Mike Peterson

I would likely have placed this Jimmy Margulies (KFS) cartoon lower in the blog today, had events not likely had him tearing out his hair. I’m playing with timing myself. It’s a very good piece, because, while the infrastructure bill matters, the eviction issue was more pressing, and it would have led to a whole […]

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We’re Not Worthy. What About Calvin and Hobbes?

Aug 4, 2021 by D. D. Degg

A viral comic strip shows what would happen if Calvin and Hobbes were to test their worthiness at wielding Thor’s mighty hammer. Cartoonist Lar DeSouza took advantage of a recent viral question that had been all over social media last week about the relative worthiness of other fictional characters to wield Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, by […]

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Louis Trakis – RIP

Aug 3, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Sculptor and comic book cartoonist Louis Trakis has passed away. Louis James (Lou) Trakis June 22, 1927 – July 7, 2021 Sculptor, professor, printmaker, cartoonist who sought through art to “center the self via creation.” Taught at Manhattanville College, The New School, and in Greece. Designed iconic Marino’s Italian Ice and House of Weenies logos. […]

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CSotD: Running with the Red Queen

Aug 3, 2021 by Mike Peterson

  The joke being that, while some of us ran as fast as we could, some of us didn’t run at all, and so here we are in the same place as we started. I’d laugh, if I didn’t have a niece in Florida who tested positive despite being vaccinated. She’s okay; For nearly all […]

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By This Axe I Rule

Aug 2, 2021 by D. D. Degg

“Beginning: A pulse-pounding new chapter in the startling saga of the publisher called Tribune.”   From Patch: BOWIE, MD — The Bowie Blade-News’ publication has come to an end after 41 years of business. The call to cut the newspaper was made just two months after Tribune Publishing, the parent company of The Baltimore Sun […]

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CSotD: Kicking the stone

Aug 2, 2021 by Mike Peterson

Rabbits Against Magic (AMS) establishes today’s theme with a joke that should make you weep rather than laugh. Facts are facts and opinions are opinions, but truth seems to waver somewhere in the middle, and saying “seems” only emphasizes the uncertainty. There are limits: When George Berkeley wrote that reality was only what our minds […]

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Some Sunday Funnies Morning

Aug 1, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Does a comic strip belong on a museum wall? Dmitry Samarov wonders about that as he wanders around the Chicago Comics exhibit. I ask this not to question the value of cartooning, but because I wonder whether a wall is the best place to experience what comics are designed to do. A comic strip is […]

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Reynold Ruffins – RIP

Aug 1, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Illustrator, graphic designer and artist Reynold Ruffins has passed away. Reynold Dash Ruffins August 5, 1930 – July 11, 2021   From the New York Times obituary: Reynold Ruffins, an illustrator, graphic designer and artist who was an early member of Push Pin Studios, the impish and buzzy design firm founded by his Cooper Union […]

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CSotD: Contextual Comix

Aug 1, 2021 by Mike Peterson

Timing is part of context, at least to the extent that, had this Rubes (Creators) run in December, it wouldn’t have taken me so long to get the joke. Not saying that’s a bad thing or a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with making an extra demand or two of your audience, and I probably […]

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Comic Strip Cartoonists in the News

Jul 31, 2021 by D. D. Degg

June Brigman, former Brenda Starr and Power Pack cartoonist, is the current cartoonist of Mary Worth, and also, it seems, the current cartoonist of Power Pack: Power Pack creators Louise Simonson and June Brigman are working together on a new limited series for the adolescent team at Marvel Comics. Although not officially announced by Marvel, […]

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CSotD: Do you think I mean country matters?

Jul 31, 2021 by Mike Peterson

Clay Bennett (CTFP) starts our discussion of health issues. We’re awash in misinformation and disinformation, and this was quite the week, even for poor Baby Tuckoo, who specializes in purposefully spreading it. Not only did he get called a bad human being, but one of the few people willing to advertise on his show no […]

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Jason Chatfield on 15 Years of Social Media: Meh

Jul 30, 2021 by D. D. Degg

I joined Twitter about 9 months after it started. It was 2006, and I was working out of my Perth studio when I got an email invite to join the new app from a friend working at a startup in San Francisco. It all sounded very exciting. Fast forward 14 years: Twitter is now one […]

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Fighting the Q Fight – Ben Garrison Profiled

Jul 30, 2021 by D. D. Degg

When the Pulitzer Prize Board announced in June that no one would receive its annual award for excellence in editorial cartooning, many political artists were outraged. The decision seemingly made no sense, especially since so many cartoonists thought they produced great work throughout a hectic year. The finalists themselves felt insulted. But elsewhere, there were […]

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