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Archives for September, 2021

U.S. Declares Woody Woodpecker Extinct

Woody Woodpecker no longer exists according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Woody Woodpecker is an iconic American cartoon character. He first debuted in the early 1940s, becoming the official mascot of Universal Studios along the way. In multiple cartoons starring Woody, he’s identified as a “Campephilus principalis.” More casually known as an ivory-billed […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2021,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on U.S. Declares Woody Woodpecker Extinct

Russ Kick – RIP

“Rogue transparency activist” and comics editor Russ Kick has passed away. Russell Charles (Russ) Kick III July 20, 1969 – September 12, 2021 From The Washington Post obituary: Russ Kick, a writer, editor and self-described “rogue transparency activist” who pried loose government records, using Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain overlooked documents and peek […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Russ Kick – RIP

CSotD: Rumors, arguments and contradiction

Patrick Chappatte’s cartoon provides a warm-up exercise today. The latest Bond film is on the verge of release in theaters only, which may avoid some issues but why avoid controversy when, as Chappatte puts it, the mission is to resuscitate the audience? So, having previously gotten everyone riled up about Bond becoming Black, the latest […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Cartoonists in the News

As one of the last remaining full-time newspaper cartoonists left in the U.S., I was starting to feel like a contestant on one of those reality shows. You know, something like “Last Cartoonist Inking.” And then it’s like I was kicked off the show. After 31 years drawing award-winning cartoons for my beloved hometown newspaper, […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists in the News

Cartoonist Ben Garrison Self-Diagnosed w/ Covid – Update: Ben and Tina Okay

Original September 27, 2021 item: MAGA and anti-vaccine cartoonist Ben Garrison has self-diagnosed himself with Covid. Ben Garrison, a right-wing cartoonist known for his opposition to vaccines and his extremely flattering drawings of former President Donald Trump, told Gizmodo late Sunday that he contracted covid-19 and has been sick for about two weeks. But allegedly […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 17 Comments

CSotD: Funny triggers

xkcd starts us off with a cartoon that is funny but that then sends me off on a tangent. Obviously, what she proposes is not what anyone means by “putting the toothpaste back in the tube,” but I think that, if you squirted toothpaste out on the sink, you could probably get it back in […]

Posted on: Sep 29, 2021,  Section: Cartoons, Comic strips, Comments: 18 Comments

The Funny Pages This Week part one

Just scanning the comics. Six Chix © KFS, cartoon © Isabella Bannerman; Macanudo © Linear Monday’s Six Chix and Macanudo.   100 legs synchronized. Frog Applause © Teresa Burritt; False Knees © Joshua Barkman Monday’s Frog Applause and False Knees.   I like it like that. © King Features Syndicate I think I would enjoy […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Convention Season Begins: CXC, AAEC, NCS/CAF

It’s a convention extravaganza for the next three weekends. Starting with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. Alison Bechdel, Hilary Price, Jerry Craft, Jeff Smith, Shary Flenniken, Bianca Xunise, Steenz, Joey Alison Sayers, Jonathan Lemon, Trina Robbins, Shena Wolf, Roberta Gregory, Jules Rivera, Patrick McDonnell, Ben Towle, Brian Walker, Nick Anderson, Chris Samnee, and more guests.   Then […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Comic Books, Comic strips, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Comments: Comments Off on Convention Season Begins: CXC, AAEC, NCS/CAF

CSotD: Nits, and larger beasties, Picked

Start here: It seems that the Border Patrol officers may have only been whipping their horses, not the refugees they were attempting to herd like cattle. Which isn’t the same as saying it didn’t happen, but conceding a reasonable doubt. On the other hand, the people insisting it didn’t happen are often the people claiming […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Did Frank King Create Distracted Boyfriend Meme?

The Distracted Boyfriend meme is ubiquitous on social media,and some have pointed to earlier samples: But those cases were only a few decades old. Now cartoonist Kevin Huizenga has discovered a drawing by Gasoline Alley creator Frank King that predates the meme by 100 years. While visiting the comics show at the Chicago Cultural Center […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Did Frank King Create Distracted Boyfriend Meme?

Mordor Financial Bought The Centerville Sentinel

Tom Batiuk seems to be taking on the vultures capitalists feeding off newspapers. The Crankshaft arc started last Monday (above) with hints and it seems out front with today’s strip: © Mediagraphics Inc. Tom is known for being a year or two ahead of deadline, which would put this ahead of this year’s purchase of […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Mordor Financial Bought The Centerville Sentinel

CSotD: Murder on Fifth Avenue

We’ll start this discussion of misunderstandings and outright lies with an easy one: Steve Kelley (Creators) resurrects an old canard that, rather than holding off rallies because of the pandemic, Candidate Biden was “hiding in his basement,” and uses it to make a point about his falling approval ratings.   You can find any sort […]

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

Larry Lieber, Stan Lee’s Brother, Sues Marvel

comic characters © Marvel Comics Larry Lieber, who scripted the initial appearances of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Loki, Fin Fang Foom, and other heroic and villainous characters in the Marvel Universe, has sued Marvel/Disney for a bigger portion of the pie. Disney has counter-sued to protect their interests. Earlier today we reported that the heirs […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Larry Lieber, Stan Lee’s Brother, Sues Marvel

Comic Strips Chits

Legendary Gets Hollywood Rights to Heathcliff © Creators Syndicate Move over Garfield, there’s a new cat in town. Or rather, the previous cat is back and looking to score the spotlight. Legendary has picked up the feature and TV rights to Heathcliff, the comic strip featuring the cocky and street-smart cat about town, Heathcliff. The […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2021,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Profiles, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Strips Chits

CSotD: Personal reflections on public matters

Starting today with a meme instead of a cartoon, but one in which I quote myself from a CSotD of about a year ago which seems particularly apt.   My response to Greg Kearney‘s cartoon is personal, but that illuminates the point about journalism and friends. When I was editor of a small paper in […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment