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Archives for March, 2022

When Overground Cartoonists Went Underground

The late 1960s to the mid 1970s was the height of the underground comix, and the creators and producers of those comix enjoyed a brief time of being joined by some old masters of the cartooning art.     Historian Brian Doherty has a new book, Dirty Pictures, coming out this Spring about Underground Comix. […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on When Overground Cartoonists Went Underground

Tony Saltzman – RIP

Cartoonist Tony Saltzman has passed away. Anthony Zola (Tony) Saltzman March 27, 1938 – March 24, 2022 From the obituary: On March 24, 2022, Anthony “Tony” Saltzman of Grand Rapids passed away unexpectedly at the age of 83. Tony had a wonderfully witty and dry sense of humor which led him to a career in […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Tony Saltzman – RIP

CSotD: Two Score and 14 Years Ago … (YMMV)

The tradition is to mark history in round numbers, and 54 years ago is hardly that, but March 31, 1968 was a pretty interesting moment in time and, besides, I have a doctor’s appointment this morning, so had to put something together in advance. So here was a historic moment for the date, and let […]

Posted on: Mar 31, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Two Score and 14 Years Ago … (YMMV)

Dana Summers – Bound & Gagged for 30 Years

As the introduction said, thirty years ago Dana Summers was already an editorial cartoonist and comic strip cartoonist when he decided to start another comic strip on March 30, 1992.    From the Orlando Sentinel on the same day as the first Bound & Gagged:   The Sentinel provided some background on their cartoonist:   […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Dana Summers – Bound & Gagged for 30 Years

CSotD: The United States of Hooterville

RJ Matson keeps the matter of Clarence Thomas’s ethical failures before the public, which I think is important, given the mayfly attention span we seem to have, our ability to absorb and accept the unacceptable and, of course, our penchant for fixating on trivial events while ignoring things that ought to be more compelling. “Ought […]

Posted on: Mar 30, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: The United States of Hooterville

Mr. Fitz Ends (or maybe it’s just a sabbatical)

Yesterday was 22 years since a comic strip debuted, tomorrow will be its last day. Mr. Fitz by David Lee Finkle began his teaching (and comic strip) career on March 28, 2000. Mr. Fitz was teaching at Bulwer-Lytton Middle School, David Lee Finkle was comic striping at The Daytona Beach News-Journal. According to David: After […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Mr. Fitz Ends (or maybe it’s just a sabbatical)

CSotD: Priorities

Deb Milbrath saved me from running a blank panel by offering not only a comment that jibes with my own take but that stands out among a flood of cartoon commentary that you won’t be seeing here. The Smith/Rock confrontation was not funny, nor is it a metaphor for anything except for our eagerness to […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Priorities

A Belated Weekend Roundup

  Right-wing forces are still ignoring facts and promoting divisiveness. Liberals are still gutless. Religion is still the greatest threat to peace and self-expression. … The only big difference is that I am now old. My sense of outrage at the stupidity and cruelty of those in power remains the same, but my desire to […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Events, Syndicates, Comments: Comments Off on A Belated Weekend Roundup

CSotD: Awards Night on the Titanic

Jeff Stahler (AMS) raises a question that Hollywood has got to be pondering, because it’s not just about being old. Sportscaster Lindsay Rhodes brought up the same topic and she’s younger than my kids, though, mind you, she is married and has kids of her own, which could be part of the answer. But only […]

Posted on: Mar 28, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Awards Night on the Titanic

“Hubert” and World War Two

Hubert by Dick Wingert was a comic panel that began in the revitalized Stars and Stripes in Britain during World War II. According to Indiana Illustrators: Inducted in February 1941, Wingert shipped out a year later with the 34th Infantry Division, the first American division dispatched to the European Theater. Wingert was first billeted in […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on “Hubert” and World War Two

CSotD: The Art of War

My blogging partner, DD Degg, forwarded an article from the Spectator on war and cartooning, in which the above WWII David Low cartoon is referenced though not shown. The article is a quick read and nicely done, but doesn’t show any of the cartoons it discusses. Which is why you should read it there and […]

Posted on: Mar 27, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: The Art of War

Australian Cartoonists’ 2021 Stanley Awards

The Australian Cartoonists Association held their Stanley Awards brunch in February where finalists and winners were announced for various categories. Book Illustrator 2021 Awarded to Judy Nadin Finalists… Jason Chatfield   Anton Emdin   Simon Kneebone   Dean Rankine Judy Nadin won both Book and Caricature awards. Caricaturist 2021 Awarded to Judy Nadin Finalists… Terry […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2022,  Section: Awards, Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, International, Comments: Comments Off on Australian Cartoonists’ 2021 Stanley Awards

Fifty Funky Years

March 26, 1972 saw a new comic strip appear about a group of high school students created by school teacher Tom Batiuk who also happened to be a cartoonist. The Funky Winkerbean cast spent 20 years in high school until Tom decided to move them on to a different arrangement, advancing them 4 years after […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Fifty Funky Years

CSotD: Truth, Justice or the American Way

Mike Lester (AMS) sums up Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, in which she was asked a barrage of asinine questions that had nothing to do with her fitness for the position, and in which she politely declined to answer those which were clearly and obviously irrelevant. He slips in a few sensible topics there, but […]

Posted on: Mar 26, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on CSotD: Truth, Justice or the American Way

Is Paper a Part of Comics’ Future

With newspapers increasingly NOT publishing on a daily schedule and subscribers being referred to websites to read their favorite comic strips (and the box scores, and stock listings, and the …) and comic book print runs these days not breaking 50,000 copies for almost all titles. It seems the future is digital.    From TechCrunch: […]

Posted on: Mar 25, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Is Paper a Part of Comics’ Future