Roundups and Updates

A reminder that the deadline for entries to the National Cartoonists Society’s Divisional Reuben Awards ends in three days – February 2, 2022. The NCS has put up a video describing the selection/election process of the Reuben Awards.

(As much as I love the procedural explanation I love the various interpretations of the NCS logo.)


In today’s Sunday Phantom Tony DePaul and Jeff Weigel display the art of David Reddick,
fellow King Features cartoonist.

© David Reddick; King Features Syndicate


photo credit: Andrew Porter

The New York Times obituary for Ron Goulart.


© Stephan Pastis

Pastis is at times acerbic, with his constant observations about the unending failings of human nature, and at others sweet, such as when Rat finds himself under a raincloud and his friend Pig comes and shares the rain with him, asking “What are friends for?”

Greek Reporter has a good story about Stephan Pastis, creator of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip (though I think they lowball the circulation of the strip by a couple hundred with the claim of 650).


As of this writing Maus by Art Spiegelman is #2 and #3 overall at Amazon.


© Baby Blues Bros

The Baby Blues transfer is only a couple of days away.

A short and not-so-sweet notice from The (Defiance, Ohio) Crescent-News:

Due to a change in King Features syndication, the comic strip “Baby Blues” will no longer appear on The Crescent-News comics page effective Monday.


© Mo Willems

Mo Willems is bringing The Storytime All-Stars to HBO Max and Cartoon Network. The acclaimed children’s author is producing a number of programs for those platforms. The first one is subtitled Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime! Along with that entry is Mo Willems Story Time Shorts. Some delightful animation that will be gorgeous enough to entice younger audiences (while mild enough for parents to endure repeated viewings.) has the details and links about Mo Willems‘ continuing success.


© Charlie Podrebarac

Yesterday I asked where the Kansas City sports cartoonists were.

Today Charlie Podrebarac shows his CowTown colors.


© Keith Knight

“People started posting pics of Black teens just having fun — to help change the algorithm,” Knight says. “I was inspired by that.” Now, the Triangle-based artist is taking a whimsical approach to the serious issue of how public booking photos can affect people, especially within communities of color.

The Michael Cavna/Washington Post article about Keith Knight’s efforts to change the algorithm
(via The News & Observer).

A Google Image search for “blackmugshots” (one word) has Keith photos overwhelming booking shots.

Unfortunately “black mugshots” and “black mug shots” need more work
(though Keith gets the number one spot on that latter search).


© King Features Syndicate

A new King Features comic strip?



David Apatoff has turned his appreciation to 1960s comic strips.


© McDonalds

An advertising comic strip promoting McVegan options


A live action Harold and the Purple Crayon film is being advanced.



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