Comic Strip News

REMINDER: Only two days left for NCS members to vote for the Reuben Divisional awards.

As conventions are being cancelled or delayed the National Cartoonists Society updates the current status of The 2020 Reuben Awards:

We have received a number of enquiries about the feasibility of this year’s Reuben Awards weekend in light of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The NCS and NCSF boards share your obvious concerns and have been closely monitoring the situation as events unfold. Please rest assured that the health and safety of our members will always be our most important priority.

At this stage, as the Reubens are almost three months away, we are still cautiously taking our lead from the relevant government, transportation and local authorities and trying to gauge how far in advance events should and must be curtailed.
If the chain of events in other countries is any guide, common sense dictates that the depth of the crisis here in the U.S. will become much clearer in the next few days.

Please bear with us as we consult the relevant authorities, negotiate our contractual obligations and determine the best course of action to safeguard the health and well-being of our members.

Read the full NCS statement at their Instagram page.

(There is reason for hope as we have been assured by the highest of authorities,
“The Chosen One,” that the virus will miraculously disappear with the warming weather.)


The World War I Flying Ace is in the air – the Snoopy drone.

Elsewhere in the Peanuts Universe, Nat Gertler informs us that the heretofore hardcover Costco exclusive will soon be available to all as a softcover volume.


A word from the Sally Forth crew about COVID-19:


The ohmidog! site informs us of a new webcomic.

There’s a new dog comic strip in circulation, and it’s touching hearts in a way Snoopy, Marmaduke and Odie rarely did.

Hey Buddy Comics is the kind of strip that, like Patrick McDonnell’s “Mutts,” can sometimes reach so deep it taps your soul.

I gotta agree, the Hey Buddy comic strips are delightful.


Rerun from 2013 Mental Floss is …
7 Things You Might Not Know about Calvin and Hobbes

The 2013 article is not updated to include Bill Watterson’s Pearls  Before Swine contribution, thus they have a different post-C&H last Watterson. Okay, I’ll accept that, but their reasoning for the forbidden washing machine comic strip is wrong.

Hobbes was regularly thrown in the washing machine,
it was the idea of Calvin joining him that got it put in limbo.


Blockhead interviews cartoonist Lynn Johnston.


“Because of the veggie and legume content,” [Scott] Adams notes here.
“Three bites of the Dilberito made you fart so hard your intestines formed a tail.”

The AV Club takes us down memory lane with Scott Adams’ entry into the food market.


There appears to be a double standard when it comes to which comics you chose to continue to print and which you eliminate or modify when there is controversial content.

A reader takes the Press Herald to task over their different treatments
of the Close to Home and Non Sequitur faux pas.