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Archives for August, 2020

John Backderf: From The City to the (Kent) State

An established provocateur from an early age, John “Derf” Backderf is a renowned comics creator residing in Cleveland, Ohio. His work has garnered much critical acclaim and has earned such accolades as an Eisner Award (Trashed) and an Angoulême Prize (My Friend Dahmer). His latest work, Kent State (Abrams Comicarts) is an in-depth and critical […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on John Backderf: From The City to the (Kent) State

Dog Eat Doug – Livin’ La Vida Limbo?

Another Monday and another week of Dog Eat Doug reruns. You may remember back in July Brian Anderson switched syndicates from Creators to Andrews McMeel. As the Aiken Standard explained their loss of the strip: The truth is we didn’t want to make a change in comics. We were perfectly happy to keep running “Dog […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Some Funny Things Happened To Me On the Way to the Apocalypse

This is as close to political cartoons as I plan to get today: Morten Morland is certainly not the first or only cartoonist to riff on the difficulty of re-adjusting to life in the office, but doing something better is an excellent defense for not having done it first. And lining them up on the […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Some Funny Things Happened To Me On the Way to the Apocalypse

Weekend Wrap – Gettin’ Around

September celebrates Beetle Bailey at 70, then October will see Charlie Brown celebrating his 70th. Charlie (and his dog) gets a bit more publicity than Beetle, including Timex licensing. In August a new cartoonist joined The New Yorker club. Lillie J. Harris is the 14th cartoonist to make her first appearance in the magazine this […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Living in a Binary World

Indeed there is, Rat. Indeed there is. Pearls Before Swine has become a bit preachy lately, but we’re in a crisis and I’ll give Stephan Pastis credit for knowing it early enough that, despite a few weeks lead time, he dropped this at the moment when our government decided to hide evidence of foreign interference […]

Posted on: Aug 30, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Paper Ousts Ed-Op Cartoons For Mallard Fillmore

The Scottsbluff, Nebraska Star-Herald newspaper has decided that its experiment to replace opinion page editorial cartoons with the Mallard Fillmore comic strip is a success. I want to thank everyone for their input over the last few weeks in regard to the Star-Herald’s opinion page. There were all kinds of different thoughts and ideas shared. […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

CSotD: Reaping the whirlwind

I wasn’t sure whether to start or end with Matt Wuerker‘s cartoon, but I think it does serve to set the scene as well as to wrap it up. The Trump Whirlwind is a brilliant piece of graphic personification, but let me belabor the storm metaphor for a moment, because, as we watch Louisiana dig […]

Posted on: Aug 29, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 12 Comments

Celebrating Beetle Bailey at 70

  The Beetle Bailey comic strip first appeared in newspapers on September 4, 1950. 70 years later The Walker Brothers are celebrating the anniversary during the first week of September. Kicking it off a little early is Brian Walker writing a brief column about the early Beetle for the Comics Kingdom blog. Beetle Bailey debuted inauspiciously […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2020,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: TGIFFunnies

  Not only is it TGIF, but it’s also TGIR, which stands for “Thank God I’m Retired,” because this Andertoons might otherwise spark a bout of depression. The only suspense in visits from Corporate was whether they were sending a deliberate liar or just someone who didn’t know what was going on. We had a […]

Posted on: Aug 28, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Newspaper Eliminates Editorial Cartoons After Readers Object to Mike Luckovich Commentary

From an upset newspaper reader: To The Daily Sun, I am appalled at the cartoon depicting an active shooter drill, and cannot believe your publication would publish it. This type of message is stereotyping our black youth, and most definitely is NOT furthering the cause of any organization or entity working against racism. Further, the […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 12 Comments

CSotD: Strange Days Have Tracked Us Down

Peter Brookes leads us off today with a commentary on the bizarre mashup of celebration and disaster surrounding the Republican National Convention, which, as several people have noted, is unusual because an incumbent president is basing his appeal on the horrific condition of the nation he has been leading. We sure aren’t hearing Republicans ask, […]

Posted on: Aug 27, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 31 Comments

An Eighth Grade Social Studies Assignment

An eighth grade social studies assignment has riled some parents. We’ve covered the initial commotion and the cartoonist’s reaction. Here’s the (distant-learning) assignment that is causing all the hubbub.       Cartoonist credits (from top)David FitzsimmonsKallol MajumderElena Steier

Posted on: Aug 26, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Fitzsimmons Reacts to Texas Furor Over Cartoon

As reported here a Texas school district came under fire from parents, police organizations, and, eventually, the state’s governor for including a David Fitzsimmons cartoon that didn’t show law enforcement in the best light as part of an eighth grade project. As Fitz put it: The good folks of Wylie, Texas, a very white suburb […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD Valu-Pak

Dave Brown indulges in what I think is a perfectly valid case of whataboutism, as the Republican Party and its Dear Leader ignore the beam in their own eye to attack the mote in Joe Biden’s. Only, as his parallel drawings suggest, there isn’t even much of a mote. For Trump and his myrmidons, it’s […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Washington Post Sunday Comics Section Reviewed

Erik Dussere gets the hard copy of The Sunday Washington Post: I really never intended to start reading the comics page of the Sunday newspaper again. As a kid, I always read the funnies, but when I was old enough to start getting a paper myself, it was the New York Times, which famously has […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Washington Post Sunday Comics Section Reviewed