Bits and Pieces about Comic Strips


Sunday’s Nancy’s Gets Some Notoriety

Olivia Jaimes‘ fourth wall (and gutter)-breaking January 20th Sunday strip for Nancy is getting some hand clapping around the internet. (The twitter link shows more comic strip samples of the concept.)



11-Year-Old Ezra Gets Comic Strip in Newspaper

It’s not every day that Boise Weekly accepts a new submission from a never-before-published author, let alone a cartoonist. And it’s even rarer when that cartoonist is just 11 years old.

The Boise Weekly profiles Ezra Phillips.



The Norwegian Phantom Comic Book Ends

At first it started with rumours, then Facebook posts and by midnight Australia time on the 12 November 2018, news had officially broken that the Fantomet magazine in Norway is ending with issue 13/2018. Only Donald Duck has published a longer magazine in a country rich with Phantom history.

After 54 years the Norway’s The Phantom  comic book came to an end.

Earlier this month Phans held a wake, though quarterly reprints and trade paperbacks will continue.

Yes, The Phantom is much more of a deal in Scandinavia, Australia, and India than in the U.S.



Big Nate Makes Library’s Top Three

Near Toronto in Richmond Hill Public Library

American comic strip Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce, featuring rebellious sixth-grader, Nate Wright, was the second most popular children’s book.



Pearls Loves Newspapers, Newspapers Loves Pearls

Stephen Pastis got a great deal of attention from his “Pearls Before Swine” cartoon Sunday strip that appeared in Jan. 13 newspapers. It focuses on the role of newspapers as watchdogs over local government, and how that future could be jeopardized by the internet.

“That got a big reaction,” Pastis said from his California home north of San Francisco. “Jake Tapper from CNN tweeted it out to however million followers he has, and that triggered it.”

The press, the Rantoul Press, embraces the January 13, 2019 Pearls Before Swine Sunday strip.



Final Jeopardy category: Comic Strip Title Characters

The January 22, 2019 Final Jeopardy stumper.



Dr. Susan Kirtley 2019 Winner of the Annual Lucy Shelton Caswell Research Award

Her project is entitled “A Woman’s Place: The Rhetoric of Domesticity in Female-Created Comic Strips from 1976-2012.”  Kirtley’s research will focus on feminism and feminist history through the lens of the following comic strips: Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse, Lynda Barry’s strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, Cathy Guisewite’s Cathy, Nicole Hollander’s Sylvia and Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For.  Kirtley states, “[this] group of female-created comic strips came to national attention, rendering a rhetoric of domesticity that, influenced by second-wave feminism, informed national opinion, simultaneously reinforcing and rejecting popular stereotypes of women, children, and family while positing new roles for women inside and outside the home.”

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum announces.