Comic Criticism is Friday’s Filing

I wonder how he did it.

How did Brian Crane, creator of the comic strip “Pickles,” sneak into our house and set up listening devices to capture the conversations between my husband and me so he could chronicle our lives in his strip?

© Brian Crane

Stefanie Pettit, for The Spokesman-Review, is wowed by the realism displayed by Brian Crane in his Pickles comic strip.

On the other hand Susanna Van Damme is not so pleased with Dean Young and John Marshall’s Blondie.

© King Features Syndicate

In a letter to The Toronto Star:

This comic relies on damaging tropes to convey no useful or entertaining message. Women are meant to look after their husbands … husbands be wary of your wives, they are just using you for your money.

Handling of classified documents compared to care of Sunday funnies.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) blasted the mishandling of classified documents during a recent interview, calling the situation “ridiculous.”

Gasoline Alley © Tribune Content Agency; via The Spokesman-Review

From a Candice Ortiz report to Mediaite:

“It was unknown to me that if you are a president or a vice president, you somehow, you know, treat classified information like, you know, it’s the Sunday comics. It just is ridiculous and widespread…

Maria Scrivan, of Half Full and Nat Enough fame has an idea about ideas.

© Maria Scrivan

From Maria’s recent guest column for CartoonStock:

I do know that the subconscious is hard at work by the repeated occurrence of finding two seemingly “random” thoughts next to each other in my sketchbook, that form a new idea. I usually don’t remember writing the words but after given time to marinate, they form a cartoon all by themselves. I have confirmed this with other cartoonists who have had the same experience. 

Snelse discovers cartooning.

Comic strip artist Steve Nelson, better known as Snelse, has brought delight to millions with his wonderfully witty cartoons.

© Steve Nelson

Creative Boom interviews cartoonist Steve Nelson:

Initially, I started as a stand-up comedian in my late teens and had an ongoing love/hate relationship with it. Loved writing jokes and getting laughs – didn’t like all the travelling and panic attacks before going on stage! That’s really why I switched to script writing. I continued writing jokes, nevertheless, but was trying to think up better ways to present them that wasn’t just a tweet.

Only when I discovered illustration (I didn’t know that was a thing until my mid-20s)…

4 thoughts on “Comic Criticism is Friday’s Filing

  1. Oh, I’m sure there are not only microphones and cameras hidden throughout our house, but also our emails are being read . . . so often something I am/we are discussing turns up in a comic, sometimes even the same day! HOW does THAT happen???

  2. Personally, I assume they’re psychic.
    Or I’m psychic, unconsciously influencing them.

  3. Comic strips are not only meant to entertain but to make you think per chance to dream. Maybe rethink and get another viewpoint. That’s why I read them everyday or at least every other day.

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