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Archives for January, 2021

Sunday Scrambled

A couple strips are taking me back. © Stephan Pastis Who else, when reading Pearls Before Swine,thought of the old B. Kliban classic? © B. Kliban   © North America Syndicate (KFS) Back when cars weighed more than they cost and gas was a quarter a gallon (which got you about ten miles). Nice reproduction […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Sunday Scrambled

Phantom Finals (this ain’t Jeopardy now)

So you’re feeling good about acing that Jeopardy category, eh?Let’s go deeper into the woods and see what you know about The Phantom. 1. What is the name of The Phantom’s wolf/dog? 2. What is the name of The Phantom’s horse? 3. What is the name The Phantom uses when away from his jungle home? […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Does anybody really know what time it is?

As noted here yesterday, the GameStop gambit was not pulled off by youngsters, but I got a laff out of Dave Whamond (Cagle)‘s cartoon anyway, because, regardless of whodunnit, the targets were, indeed, pigs. Not because they are rich. I know some rich people who got there honestly and ethically.   But I’m not the […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Capp The Creator vs. The Squeezeblood Syndicate

It is July 1947: The Wheels of Justice move slowly. A Cartoonist’s Frustration rises quickly. October 19, 1947: October 26, 1947 – The Des Moines Register which knows syndicates, giving its name to one, recognizes what is happening and informs their readers and issues a warning to Capp: That Sunday’s Li’l Abner: The pertinent panels: […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Capp The Creator vs. The Squeezeblood Syndicate

A 21st Century Mark Trail

It’s been three and a half months and, by the response here at TDC to the Portland Press Herald comics survey, the Trailheads are not adjusting. And those are not the only ones. (To be fair there have been accolades.) I, not being a big fan of Mark Trail since Ed Dodd and Tom Hill […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

This ‘n’ That from This Week That Was

I’m not going to make a habit of commenting on things I’ve drawn, but I think I do need to say a few things about “Club Nematoda,” a kind of Village Vanguard I had imagined for some hipster worms. Saying nothing would have been like a cartoon hit-and-run; I had to go back and explain […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Exhibits, Magazines, Comments: Comments Off on This ‘n’ That from This Week That Was

CSotD: Stop the Game, I want to get off

The Gamestop/Reddit gambit creates one of those “Where do I start?” sorts of days, but certainly Alex (Telegraph.UK) is an excellent place, even though he wasn’t commenting specifically on that. I often — perhaps too often — admit that Alex can be kind of nerdy for those who have not been immersed in the business […]

Posted on: Jan 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Stop the Game, I want to get off

The Comics as a Double Jeopardy Category

A Double Jeopardy category for January 28, 2021 400 800 (Name the feature) 1200 1600 2000 © Jeopardy Productions

Posted on: Jan 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 4 Comments

Gannett’s Carolinas Sunday Comics Shuffle

At the beginning of December 2020 we reported on the Gannett newspapers of The Carolinas setting up a poll in anticipation of rearranging their Sunday Funnies and bring them all into alignment.The results are in and take effect this weekend. From Regional Editor Pam Sander for The Jacksonville Daily News: In December, we asked for […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies Anyway

A little politics on a nonpolitical day, and BTW, while this is a Friday and we’ll be having Funnies, it’s purely coincidental. I start each morning with a wander through Facebook and Twitter and this felt like a good day not to engage. But then I got to the comics and Candorville (WPWG) stopped me […]

Posted on: Jan 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Well, Buck Rogers is 500 Years Old

(Eight years to get out of Pittsburgh) I guess George Clooney could play Buck Rogers. Rumors are that George Clooney may star in a new Buck Rogers television show … But Variety picks up a ray gun and shoots that idea down. Through his production company Smokehouse Pictures, Clooney has signed on to executive produce […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: Comments Off on Well, Buck Rogers is 500 Years Old

Old Friends – Cartoonist Chronicles210128

“The art editor asked if I would try to develop an animal character that would be distinctively Canadian,” illustrator James Simpkins told Maclean’s magazine in the July 6, 1963, issue. The editor added one condition at that time in 1948. No beavers. The artist accepted the challenge. A bear would fit the bill. A bear […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Herd Impunity and other toxins

Prickly City (AMS) offers an intelligent view of our current dilemma, and offers a hope that there are more than a handful of intelligent conservatives out there observing this mess. But Winslow is right in that, while elections are the traditional and obvious correction in a democracy, the Treason Caucus encourages its Deplorable Army to […]

Posted on: Jan 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Garry B. Trudeau on Carnivals and Comics

With the release of the poster and the buttons for the 2021 Saranac CarnivalThe Adirondack Daily Enterprise interviewed Garry Trudeau by way of email. Q. Can you walk me through your thought process on coming up with this year’s poster and button design? A. I had just finished another project in which I had used […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Garry B. Trudeau on Carnivals and Comics

Dan Gola – RIP

Cartoonist Dan Gola has passed away. Daniel Brian (Dan) GolaSeptember 27, 1944 – January 25, 2021   From the obituary: Professionally, he worked as a Marketing Director before retiring and moving to NC and as cartoonist of “Claude & Ernie”, a recurring strip he created in 1992 for the Echo Journal in Pequot Lakes, MN. […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Dan Gola – RIP