Meandering Thru Monday – with Updates

© Tauhid Bondia

Stopped and got the local McClatchy newspaper today. Cost me $3.00 plus tax (for 16 pages!) but I got me a tearsheet of Tauhid Bondia‘s first syndicated Crabgrass.


© Peanuts Worldwide

Title IX was not tremendously popular with everyone when it first passed in 1972. The legislation, which bans sex-based discrimination in schools and sports funded by the federal government, was originally opposed by the NCAA, which lobbied against it. It was ignored or minimized by athletic departments at many state-funded schools and universities. But Title IX found ardent support in the funny pages.

Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, passionately believed in girls’ and women’s sports. Arguably the most popular cartoonist of his day, he used his platform to promote Title IX, with characters such as Lucy, Marcie and Peppermint Patty cheering on the legislation – and top women athletes of the era.

NPR applauds Charles Schulz’s early support for women’s sports.


Turns out the Washington Post did print the Dilbert scheduled for June 26, 2022 (Thanks Mike.) Is it my imagination or is Scott Adams turning the strip into his political mouthpiece? Today’s Dilbert for example:

© Scott Adams

The L. A. Times may soon regret cancelling Prickly City instead of Dilbert.


© the Estate of Chester H. Lauck Jr.

I need to let you know that I am changing the frequency on the release of new Lum and Abner comic strips for the month of July 2022 and possibly part or all of August. Lum and Abner will be published every-other-Sunday for now.

I am in the midst of a commission that takes a great deal of time and the deadline is in August…

This will not affect the print publications in our newspapers because I am working far enough ahead of their schedules.

Donnie Pitchford informs us today that the weekly Lum and Abner will go fortnightly for a while.


© Brian Bassett

Welcome back Brian! Last week we reported Brian Basset dealing with cancer so Red and Rover went into rerun status. Today’s comic strip carries a 2022 copyright notice – seems Brian has returned.


© American Library Asssociation

Happy Anniversary Newbery Medal! One hundred years ago the first Newbery Medal, awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, was presented to Hendrik Van Loon for his The Story of Mankind on June 27, 1922.

It only took 98 years for a comic book to win The Medal.

© Jerry Craft



Sally Forth and family start their summer vacation today and Francesco Marciuliano (got thiiiis close to spelling it right before double checking) continues creating promotional posters for the adventure(?).

Meanwhile Ces’ partner Jim Keefe has posted to Facebook the May and June 2022 title panels (he calls them drop panels but, y’know, he’s just the professional cartoonist) from the Sunday Sally Forth comic strips that aren’t carried by Comics Kingdom.

note: Jim used to post them on his website which I liked. Either way I see them.

© King Features Syndicate


Marvel’s Voices: Pride (2022) continues the trend started last year of debuting a new character into the Marvel universe whose story will be picked up later in an ongoing series. This year, that character is Shela Sexton / Escape, introduced alongside her best friend Morgan Reed and their pet flying turtle Hibbert. Their story, “Permanent Sleepover” (by Charlie Jane Anders, Ro Stein, Ted Brant, and Tamra Bonvillain), is one of lifelong friendship and it features several flashbacks to their pasts depicted in a recognizable comic strip artstyle.

Comic Book Resources tells of the Peanuts tribute in Marvel Voices: Pride (2022).

© Marvel Entertainment


Speaking of comic books.

Milford, New Hampshire, the local women’s club went around the village asking the merchants to stop selling books. The local stores did just that, they stopped selling comic books. This is a local reaction to a nationwide panic over young people in crime. It was the comics that were responsible…

So they stopped selling comic books in Milford and … Juvenile delinquency was stopped in its tracks and never came back.

Fritz Wetherbee on juvenile literature as the “fall guy” for juvenile delinquency.


© Guy Richards Smit

The latest Art Whirled by Guy Richards Smit from artnet.

4 thoughts on “Meandering Thru Monday – with Updates

  1. The farther removed Adams is from office culture, what else has he got /but/ whatever FoxNewsMax Truther social media he seems to be soaking in?

  2. Thanks so much for including my announcement about “Lum and Abner”! This temporary change will not affect my newspapers, only the online releases. Have a great rest-of-your week!

  3. If the LATIMES does cancel him you won’t be sad. And that’s just another small reason we’re bisecting the culture and nation.

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