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CSotD: Gratitude

Anne Morse Hambrock (Ind) asks a troubling question in “Anne and God,” one that we should all ponder. Okay, that was long enough. Thing is, once something is established as a holiday dish, it doesn’t matter what it tastes like or how it’s made. Many a young bride (well, one I know of) has made […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments

Jules Rivera on Making Her Mark

[Jules] Rivera says that as she researched the strip to prepare her audition portfolio she realized that despite their age differences she and Mark Trail had some key similarities. “I really liked that at its core Mark Trail was about something very pure that I can get behind,” Rivera says. “It’s about a dude who […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Jules Rivera on Making Her Mark

John Brinkerhoff – RIP

Humor writer and copywriter John Brinkerhoff has passed away. John Scott Brinkerhoff August 16, 1944 – November 23, 2020   From the obituary: After graduating from Newbury High School in 1962, he went to Ohio University to study journalism. In his junior year, he was the recipient of a William Randolph Hearst National Journalism Award […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on John Brinkerhoff – RIP

Original Art to Rare 1953 Peanuts Promotional Item

In the Spring of 1954 newspaper readers were offered, for the price of a self-addressed stamped envelope, “The Peanuts Album.” a twelve page booklet featuring the then stars of Charles M. Schulz‘s comic strip. As the promo above notes there were 10,000 of the items printed, now a rarity. But now the original art for […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Aftermath, if you can keep it

A whole lot of cartoons just went obsolete, including this one by Mike Luckovich (AJC).   But others spring up to take their place, and this Pat Byrnes (Cagle) piece makes a lovely companion piece to Luckovich’s earlier cartoon, the pair, taken together, offering a reasonable perspective on the past several weeks. Even yesterday’s concession […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Justin Benedict Struck, Killed Crossing Street

From NBCWashington: A man who was known throughout the D.C. area for his satirical comics was struck and killed by a car in Old Town Alexandria Friday. Justin Benedict, 55, was crossing South Washington Street at the intersection of Wilkes Street about 4 p.m. when a car struck him, police said. Justin Cascaden Benedict1965 – […]

Posted on: Nov 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

Flash Back – Flash Gordon as 1970s Plastic Man

King Features’ Flash Forward, with cartoonists creating Sunday pages featuring Flash Gordon, reminds me of another Sunday(-ish) page project of 50 years ago. In 1970 Union Carbide licensed Flash Gordon to promote their plastic product Bakelite. They hired Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson to produce a half dozen one-page adventures that were placed in various […]

Posted on: Nov 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Monday Sweep Out

There’s not much new going on in the political realm, so I thought I’d clean up a few things that either could have run this past Friday but didn’t, or that won’t wait until the next. In his weekly wrap-up blog, Wayno noted that he could have put a sash on the traditional Old Year […]

Posted on: Nov 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Choc Hutcheson – RIP

Gag writer Choc Hutcheson has passed away. Charlie Robert “Choc” Hutcheson March 13, 1926 – November 19, 2020   From the obituary: As a high school student at Monument, Choc became a reporter for the Hobbs, New Mexico, Daily News Sun, and found a calling as a journalist that would spur a career in print […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2020,  Section: Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Choc Hutcheson – RIP

The Sunday Funnies – A Comics Kingdom Edition

Flash Gordon   © King Features Syndicate Jim Keefe noted that the monster introduced last week (above left) and continuing this week (above right) in Flash Gordon was an Easter Egg referencing the first inhabitant that Flash had met upon landing on Mongo. Little Easter Egg in today’s strip. The monster in the last panel […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: My Cousin Rudy

Editor’s Note:  I brought “My Cousin Vinny” into the conversation two weeks before Rudy did, and hardly in the same context: Poor Fred Gwynne was a decent judge stuck between nitwits from both sides of the cultural divide, with (spoiler alert!) the outcome decided by a blue-collar city girl who knew an awful lot about […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

Cartooning Down Under

It Ain’t The Stanley But… In a year in which horrible news has been replaced by more horrible news, the job of a political cartoonist is more important than ever. That’s according to the Museum of Australian Democracy, which has named The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age’s Cathy Wilcox the political cartoonist of the […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Cartooning Down Under

Comics and Cartoons In The News

Early Daily Peanuts Comic Strip Auctions for $192,000 From Bleeding Cool: Charles Schulz‘s Peanuts syndicated comic strip began its 17897 strip, 50-year run on October 2, 1950.  Snoopy first appeared just two days later on October 4, 1950.  An earliest-days Peanuts comic strip from November 17, 1950 has just hammered at Heritage Auctions for $192,000 […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2020,  Section: Animation, Auctions, Cartooning, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Saturday Stripping (A Friday Funnies Reprise)

Riding Mike’s coattails (again). Over The Hedge © MFry & TLewis The Four Horsedudes of the $#!+show is my favorite comic art this week (though the jokes are laughable; wait..what?). The Over the Hedge sequence starts on the 17th and ends today.   Shoe © MacNelly Let’s also take note of the extra effort into […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Binary Nation

At first glance, Rob Rogers (Ind)’s cartoon sparked a “Yes, I know,” response, because we’ve all watched the GOP spinelessly acquiesce to Dear Leader’s assault on the electoral system. But his caption adds a disturbing element, at least for those of us who remember the days when we chose to believe that the mass of […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2020,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments