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Archives for February, 2019

CSotD: Snippets

We’ll lead off today with snippets of things you should go check out, starting with Ann Telnaes’s longer piece on the conference about sexual abuse at the Vatican. Or the conference at the Vatican about sexual abuse. Whichever. It is well-worth the click. Signe Wilkinson takes up a piece of that argument, agreeing with Telnaes […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Going, Going, Gone! …Sold for $12,000

  The early Little Orphan Annie original art up for auction I had mentioned elsewhere has sold. August 26, 1924 Little Orphan Annie = $12,000 + $1200 for the buyers premium.   For comparison, here’s some other original art sold at the same Heritage Auctions lot, the following prices all include the buyer’s premium in […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2019,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comics Notes and News

  Comics Related Oscars The Oscars are tomorrow night. So Torsten Adair, at The Beat, has assembled past Oscars that went to comics related projects that originated in print (that leaves out almost all of the animated shorts and films).     More of The Boondocks Aaron MacGruder (and Seung Kim) have returned with more […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Notes and News

CSotD: Things We Should Already Know

Kal Kallaugher describes a central issue in the campaign to “Make America Great Again” that goes beyond border walls and is at the heart of a whole lot of issues we’re dealing with. America as a “Melting Pot” derives from a 1908 play by Israel Zangwill, an immigrant from Britain who was, himself, the son […]

Posted on: Feb 23, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies – Feb 22

How better to kick off a Friday Funnies than with a Juxtaposition screen shot to show exactly how it fell on my page? I had already given Arctic Circle a superior chuckle, because my boy Vaska is quite the opposite and does not want to go out at all in foul weather. Fortunately, ridgebacks have […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

“Sailor Bob” Griggs – RIP

  Cartooning children’s show host ‘Sailor Bob’ Griggs has passed away. Robert Thomas (Bob) Griggs (aka Sailor Bob) November 21, 1933 – February 20, 2019   A generation of Virginians living within reception distance of WRVA-TV in Richmond grew up on Popeye cartoons presented by Sailor Bob. The character was created in 1959 for the […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Obituary, Television, Comments: Comments Off on “Sailor Bob” Griggs – RIP

FYI: ‘How To Cat’ Not For Print Syndication

  I’m sure most of you, like me, regularly check the various print syndication homepages to see what, if anything, is new. So I naturally got excited when I checked in on the Andrews McMeel Syndication site and noticed a new listing: Lucas Turnbloom’s “How to Cat.”     So I sent a request to […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: ‘Dare to be stupid’ was a joke, folks

When I gave the advice “Dare to be stupid!” what I meant was that silly jokes are fun. I wasn’t advising deliberate stupidity in the political realm, which is disloyal. There is spin, and Adam Zyglis mocks the spin of those who don’t mind running up a deficit for a wall, but who can’t see […]

Posted on: Feb 21, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

France Awash in Garfield

  A stretch of coastline in France has reported an unusual item repeatedly washing up on its shores over the last 30 years – in the form of a famously lasagne-loving orange cat. According to a report from the French-language broadcasterFrancetvinfo.fr, retro telephones in the shape of Garfield – the comic strip cat created in […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on France Awash in Garfield

First and Last – Brenda Starr

In June 1940, the same month Will Eisner’s The Spirit debuted his Comic Book Section, Dale Messick‘s Brenda Starr first appeared in the Chicago Tribune Comic Book Magazine, a newspaper insert that had shown up three months earlier.   Brenda Starr – Reporter began as a two-part Sunday only strip in the comic book on […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on First and Last – Brenda Starr

CSotD: New Beginnings and the S.O.S.

(Rip Kirby) (Big Ben Bolt) Call this the “Juxtaposition of Nagging.” Over in the Vintage section at Comics Kingdom, Rip Kirby is just starting a new adventure, while Ben Bolt is at the climax of another. Offering these classic strips to those who pony up $20 a year to subscribe is better than a tote […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

A Campaign to Restore Non Sequitur – update

While newspapers continue to drop Non Sequitur (though at a far slower rate), those who have dropped it continue to get letters about the action. With the pro-Wiley Miller faction far outweighing those who agree with the papers’ decision to drop Non Sequitur. Now there seems to be an organized push to return the comic […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

More Miscellaneous Comics Copy

  The Return of Maakies??!! Tony Millionaire‘s alternative comic strip Maakies ran from 1994 to 2016. It kinda returned in late 2018 as a coloring book. Now Tony is teasing the return: “MAAKIES DRINKY CROW! Coming back in March, multi-platform.” But in what format? Where? I need to know more!     Sports Cartoonists are […]

Posted on: Feb 20, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on More Miscellaneous Comics Copy

CSotD: On the Nature of Reality

We start with a mere fragment of an Existential Comics episode, the rest of which is hilarious, in which a procession of philosophers question Aladdin’s “princeness” and, hence, the genie’s honesty and/or competence. This cartoon pits my hatred of plot holes against my hatred of metaphysics, which makes for an interesting cage match. The traditional […]

Posted on: Feb 19, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Some Recent Comics Shtuff

  It’s Gahan Wilson’s Birthday! Happy Birthday to Gahan Wilson. To celebrate here’s a recent audio interview with the master cartoonist.     Massachusetts Loves Their Pickles To millions of people the Pickles comic strip is one of the best. Those include loyal readers of The Republican, whose passionate response to cancellation of the strip […]

Posted on: Feb 18, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Children's Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment