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Archives for August, 2018

The Village Voice is Silenced

After shutting down the print edition September 2017, now the online Village Voice is shuttered. Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the paper shut down its print edition, owner Peter Barbey told the remaining staff today that the publication will no longer be posting any new stories. Barbey said that […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Village Voice is Silenced

Tucson Reader Makes Bid to be World’s Greatest Newspaper Editor

Writing to the editor of the (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star, reader Clifford Schneider offers a common-sense solution for what’s ailing newspapers. From the letter: The comics section of the Daily Star is undeniably the most important part of the paper. So why do I so often have to search for it as a mere attachment […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Tucson Reader Makes Bid to be World’s Greatest Newspaper Editor

Dana Simpson’s ‘Ozy & Millie’ Now Available in Handy Book Collection

“Phoebe and her Unicorn” cartoonist Dana Simpson’s longtime (1998 -2008) web comic “Ozy and Millie” has been collected into book form and is now available from Andrews McMeel Publishing. See it for sale here at Amazon. The Daily Cartoonist is owned by Andrews McMeel Universal.  

Posted on: Aug 31, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Dana Simpson’s ‘Ozy & Millie’ Now Available in Handy Book Collection

Canadian Newsprint Tariffs Overturned

In a huge piece of news for the newspaper industry, the United States International Trade Commission overturned a Trump administration decision to tariff Canadian newsprint. From the New York Times story: The unanimous decision by the five-member body eliminates tariffs that have been in effect since January, handing a win to small and medium-size newspapers, […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip of the Day – Friday Funnies

Amid the flood of Back-to-School cartoons that didn’t make me laugh, Baby Blues evokes a memory of parenting that did. Granted, it wasn’t over math, since my boys were both better at math than I was and the teaching of math is far superior than it was in my day. Those factors are probably related, […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Marie Severin and Gary Friedrich – RIP

I don’t do much comic book news, but these two were a part of my youth. Marie Severin and Gary Friedrich, creators during Marvel Comics Silver Age (and beyond), have passed away. Born on the same day separated by 14 years, they passed on the exact same day.   GARY EUGENE FRIEDRICH AUGUST 21, 1943 […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2018,  Section: Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Marie Severin and Gary Friedrich – RIP

Karen Moy is Worthy

Karen Moy has been the credited writer of the Mary Worth comic strip since 2004. Two years ago she was joined by artist June Brigman, and for the first time since 1939 women were the creative team of Mary Worth. Kurt J. Kolka interviews Karen about her background, her comic strip career, and Mary Worth’s […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Deflocked Creator Jeff Corriveau Interviewed

Earlier this week Stephen Roth interviewed Jeff Corriveau about his Deflocked comic strip and life as a cartoonist. GoComics: You’ve stated that DeFlocked is based loosely on Hippocrates’ Four Humors. Can you explain to those of us who aren’t Greek scholars what that means, and how you came up with the idea? Jeff: Yeah, it’s […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Frankensteinian – Bits from Here and There

It’s Mary Shelley’s birthday so I’m gathering pieces from various spots to compose a Quick Hits entry.   It’s BookFest all over the Nation The Washington Post celebrates by commissioning cartoonist Patrick McDonnell to compose a simply wonderful comic strip featuring his Mutts characters.       Mr. Fish: Cartooning From the Deep End The […]

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Wilders Cancels Muhammad Cartoon Contest

As Mike Peterson noted today, anti-Muslim fanatic Geert Wilders planned to replicate a cartoon contest that a dozen years ago resulted in death and destruction. The contest was to have been held at the tightly guarded offices of his Party for Freedom in the Dutch parliament building. The Dutch government had been at pains to […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Wilders Cancels Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Comic Strip of the Day: Unleashing The Bêtes Noires

xkcd fires back on behalf everyone comfortable enough with the language to use it intelligently, by which I mean to communicate an idea beyond “I’ve memorized these rules.” One of my most-cited sites is known informally as “Everyone Loves Their Jane Austen,” though it’s listed on search engines as “Singular “their” in Jane Austen and […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Bill Griffith: Nobody’s Fool

 Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith has a new book coming out next Spring. Not that an excuse is needed to do a career spanning interview with Bill Griffith. Alan Bisbort talks to Bill about his influences, his mother’s love affair with cartoonist and cartoon editor Lawrence Lariar, his life in San Francisco among the […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Bill Griffith: Nobody’s Fool

Chad Carpenter’s Tundra Gets Into Home Paper

After 27 years cartoonist Chad Carpenter gets his Tundra comic strip into his hometown newspaper. Monday afternoon Chad Carpenter sat in his Alaska State Fair booth surrounded his Tundra Comics merchandise. But that’s not all that’s on Carpenter’s agenda this week. Carpenter, the Valley’s most noted cartoonist, will see his Tundra Comics appear in his […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Chad Carpenter’s Tundra Gets Into Home Paper

Stephan Pastis Scoffs at Readers’ Complaints…

Stephan Pastis scoffs at readers’ complaints… and then, in his own way, trolls them. They say it’s unwise to annoy a cartoonist. Take, for example, Stephan Pastis. In a recent comic strip, the “Pearls Before Swine” creator took aim at those who nitpick over grammatical errors while also giving a shout-out to the central Pennsylvania region. In […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Comic Strip of the Day: Random Outrage

I wish I thought Matt Davies‘ cartoon would reach more of the people it probably won’t. I find myself increasingly in the position of wanting to fine-tune arguments in a world in which there is no longer a vertical hold or a horizontal hold or, lord knows, a fine-tuning button. And most of the people […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2018,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments