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Archives for January, 2021

Portland Press Herald Calls for Comics Vote

The Portland (Maine) Press Herald may add Non Sequitur and Curtis to their comics page. In order to do that they need to remove two comic strips. By popular demand, we are considering bringing back Non Sequitur, and we plan to introduce Curtis, a highly regarded strip featuring a predominantly African-American cast. To make room […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 43 Comments

CSotD: Cut-rate parasites and other villains

(Jack Ohman – WPWG) (Ann Telnaes – WashPo) Here’s a Juxtaposition of two cartoonists whose work I greatly admire, but I’m giving Telnaes the advantage this time around because, while I like and agree with both cartoons, there are times when understated banality is more powerful than comic exaggeration. Besides, wit all doo respeck to […]

Posted on: Jan 27, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

In Praise of the Gagman

Cartoonist Jason Chatfield appreciates occasional collaborator Scott Dooley. In 2018, after 15 years of freelancing as a cartoonist and having been published many times flying solo, I started collaborating with my friend and fellow comic, Scott Dooley to share the frequent anxiety (and sporadic joy) of submitting New Yorker cartoons. I hadn’t done this before […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 1 Comment

A Little of This, A Little of That

Tain’t Funny McGee McPherson © John McPherson A New Castle News reader finds no humor in a Close to Home comic: I no longer “read” The News but scan for something of local or personal interest, such as Dr. Roach’s “Your Health.” As on Saturday when a “cartoon” of God’s chosen man, Moses, was right […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Perspective and accountability

Morten Morland (Times) offers this commentary tying in the coronavirus vaccine with the heroic but somewhat inexplicable return of Victor (ed. No, Alexei) Navalny to Russia, which — in case you hadn’t heard — has touched off massive, nationwide demonstrations in support of him and against Putin’s oligarchy. “Inexplicable” in the first place because Putin […]

Posted on: Jan 26, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

They’re Doing It, You Too Can Help Bob Wiacek

From ComicsBeat: It seems Wildstorm editor Scott Dunbier found an unpublished script by Moore for Gen 13 annual a while ago. Recently he auctioned off the script – which has the tantalizing title “The Coming of the Collector” – to raise money for veteran inker Bob Wiacek who is struggling with a diagnosis of glaucoma.  Saga […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2021,  Section: Fund Raisers, Comments: Comments Off on They’re Doing It, You Too Can Help Bob Wiacek

Dave Blazek Wins Again, Interviewed Again

The 2020 Reuben Awards were delayed until September last year, and now the winners are finally getting their awards in the mail. Above: Hy Eisman and his Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award   With the mail comes another round of recognition, in this case Dave Blazek. In 2019, Blazek, an Erie native, won the [Divisional] […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Dave Blazek Wins Again, Interviewed Again

CSotD: Spin, Hype, Lies

I find it perversely comforting that, having praised Popeye the Sailor Mensch on Saturday for giving away a million dollars, I find in Monday’s Thimble Theater (KFS) that he’s having trouble doing it. “Perversely comforting” in that, while I wish it were otherwise, it’s clear that even back in 1937, we had plenty of cynics […]

Posted on: Jan 25, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

The Batman Comic Strip Returns – after a fashion

Cartoonist David Aja creates a new comic strip featuring The Batman of 1949. From Comic Book Resources: Writer/artist David Aja’s story for Batman: Black and White #2 is done in the style of the daily Batman newspaper comic strip from 1946 to 1949. DC Comics publicist Clark Bull tweeted Friday, “I’ve been hoping for the revival […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Batman Comic Strip Returns – after a fashion

Paul Gilligan Signs New Book Deal

Cartoonist Paul Gilligan, of Pooch Cafe and King of the Mole People fame, has signed a book deal with Tundra/Penguin Random House for a series of graphic novels for young readers. © Paul Gilligan Publishers Weekly reports: Peter Phillips and Tara Walker at Tundra have acquired, in an exclusive submission, world rights to Pluto Rocket […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Paul Gilligan Signs New Book Deal

A Bit More with The Sunday Funnies

© Baldo Partnership Today’s Sunday Baldo reminds me of the old Grin and Bear It Sundays. © King Features Syndicate   © Maria Scrivan Someone at GoComics (temporarily) dropped the “K” from today’s Half Full,giving an excuse to link to this history of comic’s color.   © Bizarro Studios Looks like Dan Piraro’s Bizarro is […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Random critical observations

Dog Eats Doug (Creators) has a sweet story arc just starting on weekdays. Since the death of the original Sophie who inspired the cartoon version (but was much older), I understand Brian Anderson has been fostering adoptable dogs, and, even if he hasn’t, the family in the strip has. “Fostering” means giving a dog a […]

Posted on: Jan 24, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

Ron Campbell – RIP

Animator Ron Campbell has passed away. Ron Campbell December 26, 1939 – January 22, 2021   From the Ron Campbell Cartoon Pop Art Facebook page: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have received news that famed animator/producer/director/storyboard artist Ron Campbell has passed away at age 81. Ron was a dear […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2021,  Section: Animation, Cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Ron Campbell – RIP

Cartoonist Plantu Leaves Le Monde after 50 Years

The celebrated cartoonist of France’s Le Monde daily Plantu said Friday that he would soon leave the paper after half a century of work that has seen him mock the elite in his country and elsewhere with bitingly acerbic drawings. The departure on March 31 of Plantu — who has championed cartoons as a bastion […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Plantu Leaves Le Monde after 50 Years

CSotD: The Week Ends With Bernies

The Oatmeal has it right: Enough already with the Bernie memes. Timing is everything and you had your chance and if you haven’t placed Bernie somewhere and posted it on social media, it’s too late now.   We’re fixated now on the horror of Joe Biden owning an expensive watch and a Peloton exercise system, […]

Posted on: Jan 23, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments