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Archives for March, 2019

In Other Comic News…

Comics Changes in the Tampa Bay Times and the Aberdeen American News From the Tampa Bay Times: Want even more evidence that people care about comics? Nearly 10,000 readers completed our survey to help find a replacement for Non Sequitur. That’s more than the number of people who cast ballots for the runner-up in the […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on In Other Comic News…

The Week That Was in Editorial Cartooning

  Letter to the Editor Tom Stiglich provokes a letter. Why does the cartoonist feel Christ should be wearing a crown with those guilty of such disgusting criminal behavior? Those pedophile priests have never associated themselves with Christ’s work…     Washington Post accused of Transphobic Behavior The Mueller Report cartoon by Mike Lester is […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2019,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on The Week That Was in Editorial Cartooning

CSotD: Changing Times

Let’s dismiss the politics first, so we can talk about the Sunday Funnies instead. Rob Rogers charges that a lot of “It’s over, let’s move on” messages are coming from the Russian troll factories, and you’d have to be pretty foolish to disagree. We know they’re already working on the 2020 elections. But there are […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Reed Hoover – RIP

  Champion Pluggers contributor Reed Hoover has passed away. Reed Hoover February 16, 1931 – March 25, 2019   From the obituary: In 1952 he joined his father in business at H&S Company. He ran the business until he retired. Reed had a strong interest in history and paleontology. He was published and cited for […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Reed Hoover – RIP

CSotD: Accepting it at farce value

There are all sorts of cartoons about Barr and the Mueller Report, but Tom Toles both made the point and got a laff, so he wins. Looks like we’re gonna need some laffs, because it’s becoming clear that truth is losing whatever toe hold it had, at least in the opposition camp. In Trump’s latest […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

The End of the Road: Ballard Street

With March 30, 2019, the Ballard Street comic panel comes to an end.   BALLARD STREET by Jerry Van Amerongen daily: March 4, 1991 – March 30, 2019 Sunday: March 10, 1991* – October 17, 2010 Creators Syndicate [began as a daily strip, went panel only in early 1994] *unconfirmed – Sundays began in L. […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies on Auto Play

Pajama Diaries sparks a high school memory, which is appropriate since what Jill is dealing with is a high school kid old enough to have a social life but not old enough to have her own car. My GF and I had a standing date Friday night to watch a movie at her house, which […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

James Estes – RIP

  Cartoonist James Estes has passed away. James Robert Estes January 23, 1942 – March 24, 2019   From the obituary: It was very apparent at a young age that James had a special ability to see humor and bring it to life with pen and paper. His passion was drawing cartoons. He made a […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on James Estes – RIP

I Wish I Had a Crystal Ball – update

  A cryptic announcement from King Features Syndicate. Something’s coming… ? pic.twitter.com/IBmDioxdNl — Comics Kingdom (@ComicsKingdom) March 27, 2019   Checked with my local psychic and she said it’s about Comics Kingdom revamping their website. Or maybe it was the Comics Kingdom twitter feed that informed me: Serious fans. Serious comics. The new #ComicsKingdom is […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Joes Heller, Hoffecker, Martin, and Leyendecker

  Joe Heller was a Green Bay Press Gazette staff cartoonist for 28 years, then he was let go. Now he is syndicated to over 400 newspapers around the world. The Press Times reports on local cartoonist still making good.         Cincinnati Business Courier cartoonist and audience development director Joe Hoffecker, whose […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Joes Heller, Hoffecker, Martin, and Leyendecker

CSotD: The Willingly Blind

I’m already sick of responses to the Mueller Report and have begun sarcastically asking people to share their copies, since they obviously couldn’t be so sure if they hadn’t read the whole thing. So I like Ann Telnaes‘s take, which nicely combines the little information Barr has released with the fact that, even if he […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Ken Bald – RIP

  Comic artist Ken Bald has passed away. Kenneth Bruce (Ken) Bald August 1, 1920 – March 17, 2019   From the obituary: Upon graduating Pratt in 1941, Bald’s talent landed him a job at the Jack Binder Art Studio in Englewood, NJ. Quickly recognized for his flair for main characters and a smooth inking […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip History, Lessons #137 – 141

  Tillie the Toiler and Rosie the Robot The era immediately following WWI is rightly known as the period of womean’s emancipation, so naturally a string of working girl strips met the apparent need. Somebody’s Stenog by Alfred Hayward led the way in 1918, followed by Wood Cowan’s Miss Information in 1919, and the big […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strip History, Lessons #137 – 141

CSotD: Rolling My Trouser Legs

Sousa and Machado‘s commentary on the Barr Report of the Mueller Report is a bit light on metaphor, but, first of all, sometimes being direct is the right choice. Too much subtlety can obscure the point. Second is that they understood that point, and I’m gobsmacked by the number of political cartoonists on both sides […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Rolling My Trouser Legs

The Cartoonist and The Art

“I like to think of it as the Venn diagram of graphic design and poetry, and right in the middle there’s comics,” he said. “The poet is sussing words . . . but the graphic designer is directing the eye. Once I realized that, it wasn’t about drawing so much but more about thinking about […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Cartoonist and The Art