Throwin’ It At the Wall Thursday

The L. A. Times gets letters about 9 Chickweed Lane

© Brooke McEldowney

The Los Angeles Times received hundreds of letters from fans of their comics page about dropping the 9 Chickweed Lane strip, and printed a few of them.
They prefaced the letters with further explanation for the drop.

To our readers: We gave the decision to drop “9 Chickwood Lane” from our comics pages serious thought based on responses from readers and staff. It was not a decision we took lightly. We realize the strip has a loyal following, but we also had heard from many readers complaining about the strip. Our decision was based not on one offensive comic but on an evaluation of the strip overall, and more broadly an evaluation of our entire comic catalog.


Last Call for Chicago Cultural Center Comics Exhibit

In another update Monica Eng, for Axios Chicago, reminds us there is only one month left for the comics exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Why it matters: Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life 1880-1960” closes on Jan. 9 and makes for a great free holiday outing.

The inspiration: Artist Chris Ware and historian Tim Samuelson created the show to complement last summer’s modern comic exhibit at the MCA and to showcase local cartoon history.

You’ll see: Huge reproductions of old strips presenting Chicago life and humor back in the day.

  • Works by early female and African American cartoon creators.

  • Super cool artifacts and toys from Samuelson’s personal collection.


“Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.”

© DreamWorks Classics/Jay Ward; Spumco/Games Animation/Viacom CBS

The Reader’s Digest(!) picks “some of the best cartoon shows of all time.”

What is it about animated cartoons that makes so many of us go crazy for them? Whether they’re written for kids, adults, or a mix of both, cartoons capture our imagination in a way nothing else can. Plus there’s a cartoon show out there to fit any and all moods. That’s why we compiled this list of the best cartoon shows of all time.


25 Greatest Movies About Journalism


Newspapers is one of the categories here at The Daily Cartoonist, so this isn’t as far afield as you would think. Poynter has pick their favorites. (Spoiler warning: the two we chose to illustrate this item didn’t make the list.)

Most journalism movies, even the ones that aren’t exactly like the day-to-day lives of flesh-and-blood journalists, are still pretty entertaining. Many perfectly capture the journalistic experience.

That’s why coming up with a list of the 25 best ever movies about journalism was not easy. Yet, we’re confident in our selections. So grab your popcorn and take in our 25 Greatest Movies About Journalism.


Nobody takes laughter terribly seriously

“What is it that really makes us laugh? To find out, New Scientist visited Laughter Lab, an exhibition and social experiment at London’s Cartoon Museum.”

Laughter is a relatively understudied field, one that Dunbar calls a “Cinderella” area of science. “Nobody takes it terribly seriously and that’s partly because it’s just an everyday part of our behaviour”.

The exhibition may help change that but Stirling-Middleton says it’s mostly about just having some fun.

Laughter Lab is on at the Cartoon Museum, London, until June 2022


Bill Morrison, Made in Lincoln Park

Cartoonist Bill Morrison will unveil an original piece of art honoring his hometown.

One of Lincoln Park’s native sons is giving back to his community through the release of original artwork paying tribute to some of the city’s greatest success stories.

Illustrator and comic book artist Bill Morrison has created a visual tribute to his hometown, an original artwork titled “Made in Lincoln Park.” The piece will make its debut at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, when prints of the work will go on sale to the public.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Bill for offering his art as a generous gift to the community,” Museum Curator Jeff Day said. “The funds raised will benefit the historical museum during this centennial year of Lincoln Park.”

The subjects of “Made in Lincoln Park” are individuals from the city’s history who have made significant contributions to the American cultural landscape.

Jim Kasuba, for The News-Herald, reports.





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