Then There Was This (Weekend Whatnots)

Ninety-three-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and Village Voice veteran Jules Feiffer and his wife, JZ Holden, are listing their Shelter Island home for $1.2 million.

Feiffer — who is also the illustrator of Gimme’s favorite childhood book, “The Phantom Tollbooth” moved to Shelter Island full time in 2017. 

The charming, shingle-style traditional home at 5 Emerson Lane, built in 2016, sits on just over half an acre.

The New York Post reports Jules Feiffer is selling his home. 


JumpStart © Ruff Sketch, Inc.; Pearls Before Swine © Stephan Pastis

One of my editors years ago once said something that’s stuck with me.

“When you change any features in the newspaper, readers will feel like you’ve gone into their living room and rearranged the furniture.”

Page design has evolved with technology and with changing reader habits and expectations. Features and puzzles and columns and comics come and go, for reasons ranging from experimentation with new content to the death of a creator (OK, so cartoonist Charles M. Schulz has been dead for 22 years and “Peanuts” continues to publish. Schulz is an exception to the rule.).

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, a  Gannett paper, rearranges the furniture.

In short:

  • Certain syndicated features have been sunset, replaced in some cases by new features.
  • The daily television grids have given way to a new What To Watch feature, highlighting the best viewing options of the day.
  • and the layout of comics has changed. No comics have been eliminated, however.

Naturally there are bonuses for readers with their E-newspaper.


We’re excited to announce that our Comics and Games sections are back on our website! We heard your feedback and are happy to let you know these features are once again available. From Dick Tracy to Daddy Daze, we have all your favorite comics and games, including sudoku, crossword, word search and much more!

If you’re looking for a laugh, be sure to visit our Comics section!

Apparently Forum Communications, in the Upper Midwest, had dropped some syndicated features from their E-editions with predictable results. The Comics Kingdom online syndicated comics are back.


© Brian Fies

Friends of TDC Brian and Karen Fies, a happily married couple, walk their dog and converse.


You know it’s San Diego Comic-Con news season when we start talking about one of our favorite artists, Patrick Ballesteros.

For many of us, John Williams scored our childhoods (and most of our adult lives). His music has stolen the show in many of the most iconic franchises of the past decades, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, and Harry Potter — as well as Jaws, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and countless others.

Ballesteros’ latest print, “Mr Williams’ Opus“, pays tribute to both the man and his musical legacy. This 11?x14” print will be making its debut at Comic-Con this summer for $30, in an edition size still TBA. Each print will come signed by the artist.

The San Diego Comic-Con shows off some wonderful art by Patrick Ballestros.

© Patrick Ballestros