More Mixed Bag Monday

10 Years of This is Fine, Marvel Covers Disney, Snoopy’s Moon Mission,

Gannett Gonna Gannett, Remembering Jack Bender.

You’ve probably seen it: A smiling cartoon dog sits at a table, coffee mug on hand, as a room goes up in flames. “This is fine,” the dog assures himself.

It’s been a decade since its creator put out the comic strip that spawned the meme. Web comic artist KC Green recently marked the anniversary on Twitter.

© KC Green

NPR covers KC Green‘s creation and the ensuing fame as a meme.

Across The Walt Disney Company next year, Disney 100 Years of Wonder will honor and showcase the rich legacy of storytelling and immersive experiences that have been a hallmark of Disney since its founding on October 16, 1923. Disney’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated around the globe, and Marvel Comics will be marking the occasion with a special monthly DISNEY100 VARIANT COVER PROGRAM featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and more.

Marvel tells of the Winter 2023 releases and the Spring 2023 releases of The Amazing Spider-Man covers.

January 11, 2023

— Snoopy has come home.

The “world famous astronaut” splashed down aboard NASA’s Artemis I Orion spacecraft in December, but it was not until last week that Snoopy — or rather a plush version of the comic strip beagle — was ready to be removed from the flown-to-the-moon capsule.

Photo credit: NASA/Isaac Watson; Snoopy © Peanuts Worldwide

CollectSPACE has the welcome return of our hero. NASA has more photos.

ThisWeek Community News, the collection of newspapers serving more than a dozen Columbus suburbs, is being shuttered later this month.

Driving the news: Gannett, which also owns the Columbus Dispatch, announced their final print date will be Jan. 26.

Why it matters: Many of the shuttered newspapers have long histories in their respective communities and their demise will lead to a gap in suburban news coverage.

screenshot via Advertise Columbus

Axios covers the Columbus Ohio area losing a score of community newspapers.

“Jack was such a gentleman, a kind man and a good friend,” said Griffiths, who grew up in Parkersburg and now resides in Arizona. “He took such pride in taking over that national cartoon,” which Bender drew for 28 years.


Family and friends recall Jack Bender’s life for Melody Parker and The Waterloo Courier.

This item has been added to The Daily Cartoonist’s obituary of Jack Bender.