Tuesday Talkin’ ’bout This an’ That

It’s just an invitation across the nationA chance for folks to meetThere’ll be laughing, singing and music swingingDancing in the street

There’s still time! “For what?” you ask.
To book a flight from Kansas City to Alaska.
After you close out the Reuben Party Friday
book it to Palmer Alaska for another party on Saturday.

Chad Carpenter is celebrating 30 years of his Tundra comic strip.
Okay, it first appeared closer to 31 years ago in December 1991,
but I hear they lose track of time up there ’cause the sun never sets.


Cartoonists and Current Events

As Tom Falco tells it:

I don’t do political cartoons, mostly because it’s not expected by the readers, so I don’t want to throw them a loop. But some things I post might be a bit political, but they aren’t meant to be.

Other times, a cartoon has nothing political about it, yet there are people who turn it into that and they leave nasty comments.

Tom discusses the backlash when current events inspire cartoons.


Elsewhere, but still there with Tom

Something new came to my attention recently – it’s a comic strip called The Catholic Cartoon, featuring Father Otto, and what’s amazing about it is that the cartoonist who creates the strip is 19-year-old Joshua Masterson, from Volo, IL. His art is amazing. His writing is very funny.

JOSHUA: The Catholic Cartoon is published four times a week on Instagram and on my website. It’s published on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I like to do the weekday comics black and white and make the Sunday comic in color, just like how they do it in the newspapers! Not only is the art style nostalgic but the way in which it’s formatted and published is as well!

TOM: Yes, I noticed the Sunday strips especially have the classic comic strip format. Were you an alter boy? You seem to have a grasp on that aspect.

JOSHUA: I am in fact an altar boy! I‘ve been serving as long as I’ve been drawing… more or less. It is very important to me and something I would never “altar” in my life.

Tom Falco asks Joshua Masterson about his comic strip.


As it turns out

Michael Cavna doesn’t ask Randall Munroe ten questions, but he does go for a deeper profile of the xkcd cartoonist before setting in with the interview.

Q. How does a stick figure-drawing scientist suddenly become a viral cartoonist?

Munroe began posting his comics online in the fall of 2005. He soon had a burgeoning following. Fan letters would say: “I’m so excited to know that there’s somebody else out there who’s into this one thing,” he recalls.

Munroe also names several other people who studied physics before switching to cartooning, including Bill Amend (“Foxtrot”) and Zach Weinersmith (“Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal”).

He laughs with humility. “In fact, of all of the people who got degrees in physics but did a career change into cartooning and who were born on Oct. 17, I am the second most successful.” Okay, who’s No. 1? He grins: “Mike Judge.”

All of it is at The Washington Post.

If you are lucky your flight to Kansas City will have a stopover Wednesday
September 14 in Washington D.C. and you can meet and greet Randall.

A State by State Poll

With all this traveling going on it may interest you to know
just who is favored in any particular state you visit.

Wisevoter delved in to America’s favorite Comic book superhero by state. The results were interesting; Spider-Man won the hearts of 25 states giving Marvel fans an easy win in this battle of DC vs Marvel however the 2nd favorite was Batman winning in 10 states followed by Superman taking the 3rd positon by coming out on top in 4 states. Overall the DC vs Marvel battle was won by Marvel Fans taking over 32 states in America.

Wisevoter lists the Top 5 favorite superheroes by state.

Aquaman is the favorite in two landlocked states?


Down in Spider-Man Country

Q: What were the formative political events when you were a young person that made you so liberal?

A: I grew up in Seattle, and my parents weren’t very political. I was a big Mad Magazine fan. In high school I started being interested in politics and I started following some editorial cartoonists and then started working for my high school newspaper. I didn’t even know what it meant to be conservative or liberal. There was never a time where I thought, “Gee, I’m a liberal.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviews Mike Luchovich, their editorial cartoonist.

[Mike] has published several collections of his work, and his latest offering is “The Twisted History of the GOP,” which was published Tuesday, Sept. 6.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
Because that’s what cartoonists do.

You get a breather before heading to Georgia for a Mike  Luckovich panel.


Before we leave

Let’s all welcome back Brian Basset
to Red and Rover after a health related sabbatical.