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Archives for June, 2021

Mary Schmich Takes Alden Buyout, Leaves ChiTrib

That didn’t take long.Less than a month after the Alden acquisition the Chicago Tribune exodus began. Mary Schmich is the latest to accept a buyout offer. With the wisdom, humility and grace that shined through every column she wrote, Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Schmich bowed out Saturday after 36 years with the Chicago Tribune. In […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Happy Holiday

Clay Bennett (CTFP) is not the only observer to suggest that our newest federal holiday is a gesture without substance. A welcome gesture, certainly, though, as noted here yesterday — and with more depth here — our wage-slave structure doesn’t observe half the holidays we’ve already got, and I would note that, if you go […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

The King is Dead/Long Live the King (of the Jungle)

A couple months ago we reported that the Tarzan comic strip, after ninety years, would no longer be appearing in newspapers. After 92 years the Tarzan comic strip will no longer be offered as a syndicated comic strip. Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS) has confirmed that it will halt distribution on June 20, 2021. That remains […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Huck & Konopacki Honored with Joe Hill Award

Cartoonists Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki were honored by The Labor Heritage Foundation with the presentation of the “lifetime achievement” Joe Hill Award. The Joe Hill Award honors leaders and artists who have contributed to the successful integration of arts and culture in the labor movement. Every year at the Great Labor Arts Exchange, the […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Huck & Konopacki Honored with Joe Hill Award

CSotD: Holidays and Follydays

I’m pleased with the recognition, but I agree with Bill Bramhall that it ought not to be the end of the process. I’ll admit my first reaction was “There’s another day the post office and the banks will be closed,” because American wage slaves don’t get many of our federal holidays off. Here’s the current […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Cartoon Chronicles – Huddled Masses

Little Orphan Annie and the Melting Pot   Harold Gray has been derided as a conservative, and that he was, but he had a complicated relationship with ethnic figures. He both painted them with limiting stereotypes at the same time as elevating them to heroic status that few other comic strip creators of the era […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoon Chronicles – Huddled Masses

Ty Templeton Cartoons His Fans About His Cancer

Cartoonist Ty Templeton will be taking a slower pace for his cartooning. He explained in a cartoon: © Ty Templeton Below the Bun Toon Ty explains further: I’m not looking for sympathy — my experience of chemo and radiation (so far) has been quite tolerable — and I’m fairly confident I’m coming out the other […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Ty Templeton Cartoons His Fans About His Cancer

King Features and Comics Kingdom News

© King Features Syndicate In what we can only hope will be an annual event Sarah Rose joins dad John for a special Father’s Day week with the return of Li’l Sparky to Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. Cartoonist John Rose breaks the news: I am pleased to announce that Li’l Sparky returns again for […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, King Features, Syndicates, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Covering the Summit

We’re going to start off with a cartoon that Kevin Kallaugher did for the Economist nearly a week ago, because this is one we know was drawn before Biden and Putin sat down in Geneva for four hours yesterday. The others may not be as clear, and it’s not unusual for both cartoonists and reporters […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

“The Comics” – a June 16, 2021 Jeopardy Category

$200 $400 $600 $800 “A 1930s comic strip starring a woman named Fritzi Ritz introduced this 8-year-old girl” $1000 Watch the show on YouTube. (Once The Comics is picked at 2:50 minutes in, they run the category.)

Posted on: Jun 16, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Television, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey! Lynn Johnston! Whatcha Doin’?

The Vancouver Sun recently talked to cartoonist Lynn Johnston about her “retirement.” Q: For Better or For Worse still runs in about 1,600 newspapers worldwide. Do you oversee the reprints? A: Yes. We have to do some editing. We have to put helmets on the skiers, we have to put seatbelts on people in cars, […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! – Papa’s Got a Brand New Book

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for June 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Scoop Scuttle and His Pals   Charlie Brown’s America  review   Squiggles by Sharon   Coping Skills by John Cuneo   […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! – Papa’s Got a Brand New Book

Syndicates Issue Statement re: Pulitzer Non-Award

The Big Three Comic Syndicates have released a joint statement on the Pulitzer Board’s  decision to not award a Prize for the Editorial Cartooning category in 2021.   June 16, 2021: Statement Regarding Pulitzer Committee’s Decision on 2020 Editorial Cartooning Award A joint statement from Andrews McMeel Syndication, King Features and Creators Syndicate:   Andrews […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Andrews McMeel Syndication, Creators, Editorial cartooning, King Features, Pulitzer Prize, Syndicates, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: I don’t get it

There are a lot of things I don’t understand, but this Non Sequitur (AMS) brings up the most fascinating, at least at the moment. I kind of understand that, since we went off the gold standard, we’ve moved into an element of currency in which we all have to agree upon the value of a […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Will Washington Post Get the Last Word on the Pulitzer No-Prize? Probably Not

Ruben Bolling was at his daughter’s high school graduation ceremony in Manhattan when he got word. Out in Santa Fe, Marty Two Bulls Sr. was driving to get coffee when his Instagram alerts poured in. And in Southern California, Lalo Alcaraz was preparing for a Zoom meeting at his Hollywood job when he got a […]

Posted on: Jun 15, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Will Washington Post Get the Last Word on the Pulitzer No-Prize? Probably Not