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Archives for July, 2022

UK Cartoonists on Losing Boris Johnson

Similar to U.S. editorial cartoonists when Trump was forced out of the spotlight, United Kingdom cartoonists have mixed feelings as Boris Johnson steps down. Rebecca Hendin, The Guardian … I’m not a fan of Boris, though, and that definitely makes it easier to think of funny material. Sunak is probably my preference for leader, in […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Comments: 1 Comment

Weekend Whatnots on a Sunday Afternoon

Anything you can think of is controlled by a handful of companies After a flurry of last-minute filings and orders, the U.S. Department of Justice’s bid to block Penguin Random House’s acquisition of rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster is ready for court. Oral arguments are set to begin on August 1 before Judge […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Movies, Comments: 0 Comments

The Artistic and Linguistic Acrobatics of Krazy Kat

E. E. Cummings was one of the Kat’s biggest fans. In 1922, he wrote from Paris to request clippings from friends in America. (“Thank you moreover for a Kat of indescribable beauty!” he wrote to an obliging friend.) In his 1946 introduction to the first edition of the collected strips, Cummings wrote that the brick […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Marvin – Still Going (Arm)Strong at 40

On a Sunday forty years ago cartoonist Tom Armstrong introduced the world to a young couple who had just become parents in a comic strip named after the little one – Marvin. The Miller family debuted on August 1, 1982: At the time Tom Armstrong was drawing John Darling, a spin off of Tom Batiuk’s […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Sunday Morning Up and Down

It’s come to that, as Non Sequitur (AMS) reminds us. It’s no longer even a case of good ol’ Proverbs 26:4, Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him, though it’s certainly true that you need to distinguish between someone who wants a discussion and someone who is […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

It’s Just a Cartoon F’Gawd’s Ache

So much outrage. We published a political cartoon last week showing President Joe Biden looking at his Covid test and declaring, “Finally, some positive numbers.” The cartoonist was playing off the idea that Biden can’t catch a break, and even a positive result is a negative result. © New York Daily News/Tribune Content Agency/Bill Bramhall […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Flash Gordon by Alex Raymond … or Jim Keefe

Last Sunday’s (July 24, 2022) chapter of Flash Gordon in The Tournament of Death featured Alex Raymond art from the third Flash Gordon Sunday page (January 21, 1934) in the top drop tier. Above: Flash Gordon July 24, 2022. Below: Flash Gordon January 21, 1934 © King Features Syndicate But it wasn’t Alex Raymond art. […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Weekend Addition (mostly Division)

It’s always good to start with a joke, and today’s In the Bleachers (AMS) made me redouble my search for a half-remembered golf joke, which I eventually came up with: A golfer is about to tee off when he sees a long funeral procession on the road next to the course. He stops in mid-swing, […]

Posted on: Jul 30, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Mike Lester Moves Mike du Jour to Andrews McMeel

As the Washington Post Writers Group (WPWG) continues to dismantle their comics syndication service, the Mike du Jour comic strip by Mike Lester has signed on with Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS). This week the title was added (out of alphabetical order) to the AMS page of syndicated comics. This move comes as the comic strip […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Syndicates, Comments: 0 Comments

Paul Coker, Jr. – RIP

Cartoonist and character designer Paul Coker, Jr. has passed away. Paul A. Coker, Jr. March 5, 1929 – July 23, 2022   Tom Richmond, among others, has reported the death of Paul Coker, Jr. Paul was a gag cartoonist and an illustrator of greeting cards, but more famous as a MAD magazine contributor and a […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic Books, Comic strips, Greeting Cards, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Magazines, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Bathroom Humor

Bob Eckstein starts us off today with a cartoon that is only “bathroom humor” by implication, but, then, if you don’t know the expression he’s alluding to, you won’t get the joke. I laughed because I tend to lump podcasts and videos into the category of things I don’t much follow. I like to read, […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

Dave Elston: Canadian Sports Cartoonist Profile

For most of his career, Elston was commonly known as the only full-time editorial sports cartoonist in Canada, and he has a galaxy of autographs and framed keepsakes on display from the very same NHL personalities he was once paid to skewer. His work appeared in Canadian newspapers, as well as The Hockey News and, […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2022,  Section: sports cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Brian Basset Health Update

Last month Brian Basset reported he had cancer surgery forcing Red and Rover into rerun status. In late June Red and Rover returned to new comic strips, then last week it was back to reruns. Darryl Heine contacted the cartoonist to ask why and Brian responded: This has been an extremely trying time for me. […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Mr. Fitz and Mr. Finkle Return to the Classroom

When David Lee Finkle stopped creating new Mr. Fitz comic strips earlier this year he mentioned that he might return after taking a few months sabbatical from the deadlines. And so he has: The West Volusia Beacon, Mr. Fitz’s old print stomping ground, reports: They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: In which I dissent

Tony Dow’s death inspired Ruben Bolling to repost this Tom the Dancing Bug from 2012, which I liked then and I like now, not only because it pokes holes in the rightwing objections to liberal reform, but because it treats the original sitcom with more respect than it usually gets. “Leave It To Beaver” did […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 8 Comments