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Archives for November, 2021

CSotD: Give the people a light …

A bit of Black Friday humor from Frazz (AMS) to mark the day. I’m having a little trouble with shopping options, given, as Frazz notes, that the era of the shopping mall is pretty well dead. It sure didn’t last long, given the investment involved, but, then, it was a dubious concept to begin with: […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments

Comics Stuff-ing

© Ward Sutton Ward Sutton and The Village Voice start us off with a Thanksgiving Day comic.   Roadside America takes us to Lancaster, Ohio where they celebrate local boy made good with the headline Richard Outcault: Inventor of the Comic Strip. Richard Outcault (1863-1928) was an American illustrator and creator of The Yellow Kid, […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Animation, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Interviews, Comments: Comments Off on Comics Stuff-ing

CSotD: Holiday Distractions

Dave Granlund points out that Thanksgiving, as a national holiday, was not about Pilgrims. It would be nice to say that it was instituted to give thanks that the Civil War was over, but, in fact, it was declared in the midst of the conflict. Note that Sarah Josepha Hale, when she asked the president […]

Posted on: Nov 25, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Lee Ent. Holds Alden Cap. at Arm’s Length For Now

Alden Capital’s attempted to takeover Lee Enterprises has stalled. From The Wrap: Lee Enterprises Inc. — one of few sizeable American newspaper chains not owned by hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC — has adopted a limited duration shareholder rights plan that would prevent Alden from acquiring more than 10% of the company, as Lee […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2021,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: Comments Off on Lee Ent. Holds Alden Cap. at Arm’s Length For Now

Teaching and Learning with Calvin and Hobbes

Bill Waterson Extremely Rare Teaching With Calvin And Hobbes Book (Playground Publishing, 1993). Those hoping to find a copy of Teaching With Calvin And Hobbes in the wild are usually advised to stop their search right now — supposedly, only eight libraries in the world have copies, and three of those are in North Dakota, […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Teaching and Learning with Calvin and Hobbes

Profusely Illustrated: A Memoir by Edward Sorel

Usually any book missed in the monthly Hey Kids! Comics! checklist would wait to be noted in the following month’s entry, but this one is too important (and deserves separate documentation anyway). PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED A Memoir By Edward Sorel The book from Penguin Random House is now available! Alongside more than 172 of his drawings, […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Graphic Journalism, Illustration, Magazines, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Holiday Hijinx

Adam Weinstein wins the Internet this week, and, anticipating tomorrow’s traditional question, what I’m thankful for is that the comic strip artists have given me a chance to forego politics for the holiday.   Well, mostly. Martyn Turner, who is in Ireland and so doesn’t have to do a cartoon about the political hazards of […]

Posted on: Nov 24, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Lee Enterprises in the Cross-Hairs

Alden Capital continued its drive to own as much of the American newspaper industry as it can with a bid Monday to acquire Lee Enterprises, a publicly traded chain of 75 daily newspapers and several hundred other outlets. Lee’s largest papers include the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Arizona Daily Star, The Buffalo News, the Omaha […]

Posted on: Nov 23, 2021,  Section: Newspaper industry, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Gamesmanship

This Jeff Stahler (AMS) cartoon greets me appropriately upon my return from Younger Son’s home in Minnesota, where I had Thanksgiving a week early with his family of four, another granddaughter and her husband, and my ex, all of whom live there. I heartily recommend it, because the flights were cheaper, though you might want […]

Posted on: Nov 23, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Cathy at 45

Forty-five years ago—on November 22, 1976—we were first introduced to Cathy on the funny pages… The original Cathy strip ran until 2010 when we saw the eponymous character announce her pregnancy to her own mother. Guisewite had officially retired.   [W]hen the COVID pandemic hit in early 2020 she started drawing again. Cathy Commiserations was the […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

1957 Phantom Predicts the “China Virus” (or not)

In the fall of 2021, an image started to circulate on social media that supposedly showed a panel from a comic strip published in 1957, in which a hooded hero encouraged mask use to protect against the “China virus”: The words “China virus,” a xenophobic and inaccurate reference to COVID-19, did not appear in the […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Monday Comics

It doesn’t take much to make me laugh over a poke at Facebook, but the level of gallows humor in this Joy of Tech gibe makes it more thought-provoking than funny. Will future generations one day look back with the same sense of “What the hell were they thinking?” Of course, the Greeks and Romans […]

Posted on: Nov 22, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 13 Comments

Web Comics Go Big and Go Print

Webtoons Webcomics Get Into Print The webcomics giant Webtoon is getting into print comics publishing, with a planned fall 2022 debut. Webtoon Unscrolled will be a print graphic novel imprint part of its sister company Wattpad Webtoon Book Group. Tower of God © SIU; Everything is Fine © Mike Birchall Webtoon Unscrolled will be led […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2021,  Section: web comics, Web Sites, Comments: Comments Off on Web Comics Go Big and Go Print

Cartoonists/Editors Jon Adams & Ellis Rosen Interviewed

Jon Adams and Ellis Rosen are cartoonists and illustrators who separately have contributed to The New Yorker, MAD, McSweeney’s and many other outlets. Together they’ve teamed up to edit the new book Send Help!: A Collection of Marooned Cartoons. More than just a collection of comics, it includes a forward by Emma Allen, an afterward […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonists/Editors Jon Adams & Ellis Rosen Interviewed

CSotD: Sunday wrap

I’m about done talking about Kyle: he’s had enough publicity and he’ll get more without my help. But I couldn’t let this Kal Kallaugher piece go unacknowledged, because he captures the real impact of a refusal to address the guns issue realistically: Armed nincompoops have just been loosed upon the land. Mostly by judicial nincompoops […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2021,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments