Seasonal Comic Strip Stuff

The firefighters who battled the Tubbs and Kincade fires received a “thank you” in a popular comic strip published on Monday.

above: Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

“Pearls Before Swine” usually is about the misadventures of several animals, but creator Stephan Pastis of Santa Rosa shifted the comic’s focus to show how grateful he is for the first responders who combated the 2017 and 2019 blazes.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports on local cartoonist Stephan Pastis
thanking Local Santa Rosa heroes in a recent Pearls Before Swine comic strip.


A very talented five-year-old from North Carolina is getting a shoutout from the artist inspiring her.

“She didn’t know anything about Garfield,” Bond said. “But she watched it on Netflix and now she has a love for them and has become obsessed.”

So obsessed in fact, that Bond said when she posted Ciaunna’s drawings onto her Facebook page, she asked, “do you think Garfield will see them?”

“Garfield” did see the artwork:

WTHR carries the story of Jim Davis encouraging young cartoonist Ciaunna.



Rudolph, the most famous reindeer of all, first appeared in the mind of Robert L. May, an advertising copywriter for the Montgomery Ward Co. in Chicago.

In 1939, May’s boss asked him come up with a new Christmas promotion for the retail and catalog chain — something new and different.

Nearly 2.5 million booklets were distributed in Ward stores in 48 states that year.

As the world became engulfed in World War II, the story of the little reindeer with the shiny nose lay dormant until 1946, when Montgomery Ward published another 3.6 million copies.

Amazingly –

The following year, May went to the department store and asked for the Rudolph copyright.

Whether the company was charitable or just didn’t think there was much more profit from a story that had been distributed millions of times, it turned the rights to the story over to May.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette details Rudolph’s history, including the comic strip.



An early Christmas gift: The Al Jaffee Website is now up!


The Hillman Family presents a selection of Christmas comics, including:


One thought on “Seasonal Comic Strip Stuff

  1. The Cedar Rapids Gazette didn’t even mention that DC comics even published from the 1950’s to 1977 an annual Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer comic book.

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