Crazy Comics, Silly Strips, Et Cetera

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Paul Berge noticed that one comic strip had replaced another this weekend. So he went back one more week to see if the replacement was new or happened earlier. What he discovered is that the October 17 comics section had run one comic twice.

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I think Stephan Pastis deserves a bonus from the paper.


Nat Gertler was pleasantly surprised that Titan’s Facsimile Editions of early Peanuts books have turned to the Peanuts Parade volumes. Specifically And a Woodstock in a Birch Tree. But was puzzled by the solicitation copy:

Feast your eyes on almost 200 pages of classic Peanuts comic strips. This Facsimile edition of the original Peanut Parade Book was first published in 1979 and features dozens of hilarious daily and Sunday Peanuts newspaper strips.

Featuring many of your favourite characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Susan Brown and Marcie, and introducing some much-loved new characters including Eudora, Molly Volley and Snoopy’s brother Spike. Join the gang for summer camps, scout troops, baseball, book reports, and disco. This book is a facsimile edition of the 14th Peanuts paperback book and collects 188 pages of classic comic strips taken from the years 1978 – 1979. The book was originally published back in 1979 by Holt, Rinehat and Winston of Canada.

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Nat corrects the dozen or so errors in that short copy.

  • Peanut Parade Book. Peanut? Singular?? No.
  • Peanut Parade Book. Capitalized and italicized like that, it makes it look like that was the name of the book reprinted. There was a line of books called Peanuts Parade. So this was a Peanuts Parade book, but not Peanuts Parade Book.
  • dozens of hilarious … strips? If this is an accurate reprint, it has hundreds of strips in it. Are they trying to suggest that most of them aren’t hilarious?
  • Susan Brown? Who???

And so on and so forth.


In Merrie Olde England is A Killing Joke.

A parish magazine is facing a backlash after publishing a cartoon about a woman and a priest joking about the murder of an MP.

Residents reacted with fury over the ‘joke’ cartoon published in Instow Parish News – a parish magazine covering the North Devon village and nearby Westleigh and West Yelland.

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The cartoon was published in the magazine’s August edition, two months before the killing of MP Sir David Amess.

The Tory politician was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery held in a church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex earlier this month.

The cartoon has since been removed from the online edition of the publication…

The Daily Mail carries the background and denouement.


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Cheshire (Conn) Public Library has a fun blog that frequently runs relatable cartoons and comics.


Astérix, the famous French comic strip hero, is the new star of the latest Reporters Without Borders (RSF) book, published on Thursday.

“With the support of the Éditions Albert René and the commitment of Anne Goscinny, Ada Uderzo and Sylvie Uderzo, Reporters Without Borders has chosen the most emblematic series of Franco-Belgian comics to convey its values,” the NGO said in a statement.

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French news site RFI carries the story.

In addition to vignettes on the emblematic Gauls, it includes previously unpublished texts by historian Bruno Fuligni, the director of the Albert René publishing house, Céleste Surugue, and Asterix specialist Nicolas Rouvière.

The proceeds from sales of the portfolio, which represent 30 percent of RSF’s budget, will be donated in full to the NGO.


Still in Europe:

‘The Wall’ designer Gerald Scarfe designed the iconic artwork on Roger Waters’ kitchen table.

The artist – who was “befuddled” when the band asked him to get on board given his work as a political cartoonist – has opened up on his work on Pink Floyd’s legendary 1979 rock opera.

He told Uncut magazine: “I had to create all the characters – the wives, the mother, the teacher and all these semi-cartoon figures – very quickly because the album was coming out.

“The band were in the South of France and I kept flying down to meet them. I actually designed the album cover on Roger’s kitchen table.

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Scarfe – whose book ‘The Art of Pink Floyd: The Wall’ is set to be released on November 11 – admitted despite the challenges, the project was “fascinating”.

From Music News. From Ultimate Classic Rock. From Gerald Scarfe Pink Floyd prints.



The Ringo Award winners were announced this past weekend.

Sarah Anderson got a couple nods.

Best Webcomic:Fangs” by Sarah Andersen

Best Humor Webcomic:Sarah’s Scribbles” by Sarah Andersen

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Whereas Sarah Romano Diehl has won a (permanent?) slot at Seattle’s alternative paper The Stranger with her Liberated Women comic strip.

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Man Overboard

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4 thoughts on “Crazy Comics, Silly Strips, Et Cetera

  1. Okay, I’ve found what I take to be the the way the cartoon was published in the parish magazine, it includes Brian’s signature.
    The Daily Mail apparently scrubbed his signature before printing it so he wouldn’t be associated with the sentiment.
    But I still can’t find Brian’s original cartoon.

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