Comic Strips Drop Trou for No Pants Day – updated with a list of participating creators

Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday — pants.

More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from “Blondie” to “Zippy the Pinhead” are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that helps charities get clothing to those in need.

© King Features Syndicate

“This was a great way to help bring communities together but also have a little bit of a laugh,” said Tea Fougner, comics editor at King Features Syndicate. “Just the idea of No Pants Day, I think, is something that everybody can feel a little bit closer to this year than in previous years.”

Comics creators have noticed that the COVID-19 pandemic has effected people’s ability to get clothing and charities have not gotten as many donations as typical.

In a gracious move among comic strip distributors, King Features reached out to fellow syndicators Tribune Content Agency, Andrews McMeel Universal and Washington Post Writers Group to pull off Friday’s event.

The Associated Press story via The Kansas City Star.

Though, as Nate Fakes points out, it will just be a normal Friday for some characters.

© Nate Fakes

May 7 Update

A (complete?) list of participating syndicated comics:

Animal Crackers by Mike Osbun

Arctic Circle by Alex Hallatt

Barney & Clyde by Gene and Dan Weingarten and Dave Clark with Horace LaBadie

Betty by Gary Delainey and Gerry Rasmussen

Bizarro by Dan Piraro and Wayno

Blondie by Dean Young and John Marshall

Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn

Brewster Rockit by Tim Rickard

Dennis the Menace by Steve Ketchum and Marcus Hamilton

Dick Tracy by Mike Curtis and Joe Staton

Gertie Gearhead by Mike Smith

Half Full by Maria Scrivan

Hi and Lois by Brian and Greg Walker and Eric Reaves

The Lockhorns by Bunny Hoest and John Reiner

Loose Parts by Dave Blazek

Mallard Fillmore by Bruce Tinsley

Marvin by Tom Armstrong

Mt. Pleasant by Rick McKee and Kent Sligh

Off The Mark by Mark Parisi

Rhymes With Orange by Hilary Price and Rina Piccola

Sally Forth by Francesco Marciuliano and Jim Keefe

Shoe by Susie MacNelly, Ben Lansing and Gary Brookins

Zippy the Pinhead by Bill Griffith

There were webcomics like Frog Applause and Intelligent Life that joined in.
But did we miss any syndicated comics?

Late Addition:

© King Features Syndicate

The Spats by Jeff Pickering is distributed by King Features Weekly Service.
The King Features blog about No Pants Day revealed this drop trou strip.

Another late add:
Barney Google and Snuffy Smith by John Rose



2 thoughts on “Comic Strips Drop Trou for No Pants Day – updated with a list of participating creators

  1. The AP story of several syndicates getting together for this contains something eerily coincidental—the byline is one Mark Kennedy.

    An origami master similarly named Mark Kennedy was known and beloved far and wide, here and abroad. I met him at his yearly gatherings at his house and at conventions. I His knowledge, technique, teaching, helping in so many ways are massive.

    Here’s the tie-in, his brother was the late Jay Kennedy, longtime editor-in-chief of King Features Syndicate.

    So the AP byline reminded me of Mark Kennedy, whose brother was comics syndicate chief Jay Kennedy. I assume no relation to the writer of the article.

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