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CSotD: Truth, if you care to seek it

May 11, 2021 by Mike Peterson

I don’t know if Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereals is a “political cartoon” or a “funny cartoon” but it is certainly an “on-target cartoon” today. There’s an old wisecrack about how every time you come up with something foolproof, they invent better fools. Well, we’re mass producing them on-line, and it’s not so funny. But it […]

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New Comic: Shrimp & Grits by Andy Marlette

May 10, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Shrimp & Grits by Andy Marlette will debut from Creators Syndicate on May 31, 2021 (if I’m reading the dates of the sample strips correctly). Shrimp is a young girl and Grits is her friend – an alligator. Shrimp’s dad Hugo, owner of a pub, is also part of the cast.      © Creators […]

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Feminist Cartooning: Winnie Winkle, Breadwinner

May 10, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Before Working Girl, 9 to 5, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, or even Our Miss Brooks, which each featured single females in the mostly male world of business, there was the groundbreaking Winnie Winkle. She was the iconic working girl of the 20th century, who first appeared on September 20, 1920, in the comic strip […]

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Mary Worth’s Family

May 10, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Five years ago this week, cartoonist June Brigman took over the iconic newspaper comic strip “Mary Worth,” continuing a popular feature whose roots some say are tied to a Depression-era strip with a lead character of the same name but much different circumstances. Brigman is a veteran illustrator, working on comic books including “Supergirl” (DC) […]

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GoComics to Run David Gilbert’s Buckles Archives

May 10, 2021 by D. D. Degg

David Gilbert ended his 25 year run on the Buckles comic strip seven weeks ago.  Now he brings back the Buckles archives at the GoComics site starting today with the first strip from April 1, 1996. above: 1996 intro to the comic strip Earlier this year, David Gilbert, Buckles creator, announced he would end the […]

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CSotD: Happy ‘Not All Men’ Day

May 10, 2021 by Mike Peterson

Mother’s Day brought out a sort of history, unintentionally emphasizing that oddly untethered view of time and society comic strips offer, so let’s pick on Luann (AMS). She’s a good character to launch the topic, because she’s one of those loveable cartoon airheads, and, in this case, has absorbed the current pop culture concept that […]

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Bill Morgan – RIP

May 9, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Sports writer, promoter, cartoonist Bill Morgan has passed away. William Edwards (Bill) Morgan, Jr. December 13, 1931 – February 9, 2021 From the obituary:  He was sports editor for the Lufkin Daily News from 1953 to 1955, when he went to the Dallas Morning News as a sportswriter. In 1960, the fledgling Dallas Cowboys hired […]

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Comic Strip News Grab Bag

May 9, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Ripley’s Stippler Immersion     © Ripley Entertainment The new artist of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, who we will refer to as The Stippler until we learn the identity, has now taken on the Sunday page chores as of May 9, 2021. May 10 edit: It appears John Graziano has returned with the May 10 […]

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CSotD: Anybody here remember print?

May 9, 2021 by Mike Peterson

  (Some thoughts about newspapers, while I take Mother’s Day off to go visit the Aged P.) Here’s the protagonist of an 1867 novel, “Ned Nevins, the News Boy, or, Street Life in Boston,” in which the plucky lad worked to rise above his grim surroundings, as plucky lads would in popular literature for the […]

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de Adder Wins 2020 National Newspaper Award

May 8, 2021 by D. D. Degg

The National Newspaper Awards have announced the winners of their 2020 awards with Michael de Adder as the winner of the Editorial Cartooning category. Editorial Cartooning Winner: Michael de Adder, Halifax Chronicle Herald/Toronto Star Finalists: Graeme MacKay, Hamilton Spectator; Bruce MacKinnon, Halifax Chronicle Herald An additional note: Several individuals took home top honours for the […]

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1921 Beginning of the End for Cartoons Magazine

May 8, 2021 by D. D. Degg

These days we have Funny Times and Humor Times for regular magazines featuring political, social, and gag cartoons. 100 years ago our grand- and great-grand parents had Cartoons Magazine.   above: covers from Robert Beerbohm and his Platinum Age Facebook page It was one hundred years ago this month that sadly saw the end of […]

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CSotD: Popular delusions and the madness of crowds

May 8, 2021 by Mike Peterson

Mike Smith (KFS) echoes my current thoughts. Social media in general, and Facebook for sure, was bad enough during the elections, when lies and complaints about politics dominated things. Now that that’s over, what comes to the surface is people bitching and moaning and complaining and kvetching about trivia. Conversational phrases they don’t like. Foods […]

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Comic Strips Drop Trou for No Pants Day – updated with a list of participating creators

May 7, 2021 by D. D. Degg

Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday — pants. More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from “Blondie” to “Zippy the Pinhead” are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that helps charities get clothing to those in need. © King Features Syndicate “This […]

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CSotD: Journalism 101 (optional course)

May 7, 2021 by Mike Peterson

  Kevin Necessary (AMS) offers a sarcastic salute to ignorance. I like it, though I wish we weren’t at a stage where ignorance matters quite so much and spreads quite so readily. The trigger for this cartoon is apparently the pushback over LeBron James’ quick Tweet following the death of Ma’Khia Bryant, which he subsequently […]

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Newspaper Blames Someone Other for Cartoon

May 6, 2021 by D. D. Degg

From Greensburg Daily News Editor Kevin Green: The Daily News has been contacted by multiple readers who were upset and even angry about an editorial cartoon titled “Police Training Flashcards” that appeared on Tuesday’s Opinion page. The cartoon painted an unflattering and unfair portrait of the law enforcement community and does not represent this newspaper’s […]

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