May 5 was determined to be National Cartoonists Day due to The (not yet) Yellow Kid’s debut
in R. F. Outcault’s Hogan’s Alley in The New York World on May 5, 1895.
In the 22 years since the day was created the celebration has slowly taken a low-key approach.
But some cartoonist still celebrate.
As does Maria Scrivan:
Others also feature cartoonists in their toons for today, but the appearances in these are a regular theme of the comic strips whether it is National Cartoonists Day or not. Those with self portraits today are Chip Dunham, Bill Griffith, and Stephan Pastis.
Terry Beatty sneaks in some references in his last panel today. Nov Shmoz Ka Pop?
Naturally we’ll end with B. Kliban‘s ultimate tribute.