Assorted Saturday Short Subjects

Reading The Funnies as a Family

There’s a secret to the comics page, though. The secret is, you don’t need to be a kid tor even have kids to enjoy them. Just as most comic characters don’t age, the audience age group doesn’t change. In fact, now and then, some jokes might just fly over a child’s head. That’s all right though — there’ll be another joke for them tomorrow. On the flip side, kids might get the greatest joy from the jokes that make the adults groan — but when you’re telling hundreds of jokes a year, not every single one will be a winner.

An unsigned Rutland Herald opinion on the family that reads comics together…


Walter T. Foster Publishing is 100

© Walter Foster Publishing Company

From Publishers Weekly:

As it celebrates 100 years, Walter Foster offers a publishing success story for the ages. Its very first instructional manual, How to Draw by Walter T. Foster, has never been out of print and has sold more than three million copies in 23 languages. It also launched a spinoff series of titles and an ever-growing publishing juggernaut of instructional art books and craft kits that have inspired and delighted generations of kids and adults alike.

Wikipedia explains where I found the books long ago:

The Walter Foster Publishing Company’s line of low-cost art manuals were widely distributed to art stores, often displayed in a metal rack specially made for Foster’s oversized art books.


Support Your Local Sentinel

© Wiley Miller

[T]he crisis in journalism is producing unwelcome effects now – and will continue to generate negative consequences – in the health, stability, and viability of democracy itself. Today, democracy is being threatened by many factors, but a weakening press is one of the bigger ones.

Since the mid-1990s, when the internet really started to come into its own as the media-communications-retail-entertainment juggernaut that we know today, it has managed to cause the complete closure of approximately 2,000 mainstream newspapers (dailies and weeklies).

Glouchester Times describes dire straits.

Wiley Miller’s Non Sequitur


Cagle’s Top Ten Now a Syndicated Feature

Our weekly Top Ten is now a newspaper column!  Subscribing editors can find it at with download links to grab the cartoons in high resolution.

The new offering began last month:

We’ve made a few changes to the Top Ten of the Week. It turns out that our subscribing editors like the Top Ten and some have been using it as a weekly cartoon round-up, so I decided to make this into a column which ran for the first time last week.  It now counts the stats from Wednesday to Wednesday.  Look here and you can see what this looks like as a column.


College Cartoon Orientation

© Tim Eterno

Hello! My name is Tim Eterno, and I am the well-intentioned creator of Chip Scripple, a new comic strip that I have recently started illustrating for the Collegian. The newspaper comic is one of the most universal forms of storytelling; it has the opportunity to reach an audience of millions of people from a multitude of cultures. Comic strips tell stories and introduce us to characters that endear us while painting reflections of our own society. From “Peanuts,” to “Pogo,” to “Calvin and Hobbes,” they unite us through a distinct visual medium that’s unlike any other form of media. I believe there will always be a place for a good comic strip, as long as an audience is there to look, laugh and listen. 

An introduction to Tim Eterno and Chip Scripple at The Butler Collegian.


May 1st Cartoonists Read

City Winery New York in collaboration with literary nonprofit organization Read650 presents “What’s So Funny?” Sunday May 1 at 2 PM (doors open at 12:30). This special event features a cast of 14 cartoonists whose work has appeared in the pages and covers of The New Yorker — including David Sipress (just out with his memoir, What’s So Funny?), Rick Meyerowitz (of National Lampoon fame) and Liza Donnelly, a New Yorker regular who will be “live cartooning” throughout the program on the big screen! (full cast at

Read 650 presents a live event.

Michael Maslin


 Cartoonist’s Library Donation

© Joe McKeever

Joe McKeever, a well-known Baptist minister famous for drawing cartoons and caricatures for Baptist publications, has announced his intention to donate his entire archive of cartoons and other works to the John T. Christian Library at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS).

When the idea came up about donating all of his “papers,” to a particular location, McKeever told Baptist Press “if New Orleans was interested in having them, that would be the appropriate place for them to be.”

Mark Hagelman, director of development for NOBTS, told Baptist Press, “the highest compliment we can receive ever is when Alumni give back to the seminary.”

The Baptist Press carries the story  of the charitable clergyman.


Filling in for Father


King Features doesn’t have the proof sheet for the Bringing Up Father vintage daily comic strips scheduled for this week. So here are the strips for the week of February 16, 1948 via






© King Features Syndicate

Though that first panel in the February 21 strip makes one wonder if the proof sheet doesn’t exist so much as was “lost.”