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I’m not sure that Hector and Carlos took obsessive-compulsives like me into consideration with today’s Baldo.

© Baldo Partnership

I’m the kind of guy that will look up those issues of MAD and find that the back covers are wrong for issues #180 (January 1976) and #159 (June 1973). Then, of course, I had find where Castellanos grabbed those pages to create his faux back covers.

The Don Martin page is from MAD #137 (September 1970) and the Sergio page is from #292 (January 1990).

On the occasion of The Portland Press Herald dropping Dilbert Soibhan Brett, the Press Herald’s opinion page editor, reads their comics section.

Melancholy about the slow demise of almost everything else old and handmade, I’m unmoved by what’s come of comic strips. Although the form is probably not past reviving for the 21st century, I can’t visualize it. Death can’t even unseat the most trite.

Not sure if the opinion piece says more about her, the paper’s comics page, or comics as a whole.

Dilbert Post Script – From Czechia Posts English:

“We will end distribution of the comic on March 12, 2023. Please contact us as soon as possible regarding a replacement comic,” Andrews McMeel Syndicate told subscribers via email.

This is first I’ve seen that puts a definite end to the comic strip. But will Dilbert dailies run next week?

How many remember the good old days.

The Tiger panel above comes from a 1970 rerun showing a garbage can from that time. But the Slylock Fox and Garfield panels come from this past week and today. I guess the Slylock Fox garbage can is still the comic image of one, but how old does one have to be to have actually seen and used one as shown? Aren’t all garbage “cans” plastic and made to be grabbed by the claw now? And while the milk can in Garfield was a common site to some of us it is also a thing of past.

Reliable sources tell us that former Andrews McMeel president and editorial director John Glynn has accepted a position as consultant with King Features Syndicate.

Patrick McDonnell pays tribute to comics history in today’s Mutts.

© Patrick McDonnell

Not for the first time.

Late Filing.

Last November a new comic strip appeared that we overlooked.

© Lori Smith

Grayman Comix by Lori Smith first appeared the November 16-29, 2022 issue of Street Sense. The comic shares its space with the Weingartens and Clark (w/ LaBadie) strip Barney & Clyde, when that comic features a homeless issue in its Sunday edition.

Comics DC gave us the notice.

Dilbert Post Post Script

Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update had a couple Dilbert jokes, also an interview with Dilbert.


Peter Gallagher gets closer to the syndicated edge in Saturday’s Heathcliff:

© Creators Syndicate

12 thoughts on “Comic Strip Carousel

    1. Are you being sarcastic? I can’t tell. I don’t know John Glynn or anything about him. Maybe you really are really really happy.

      1. I legitimately feel GoComics improved overall when John Glynn was there, and got worse after he left, so I’m curious to know how he’ll go with the competition given Comics Kingdom as a vehicle has been objectively worse in almost every respect.

      2. Sarcastic? Certainly not. What makes you think THAT? JG is a great guy and I’m genuinely happy for him. I’ve been a creator at GoComics for 20+ years.

  1. While most communities these days provide customers with the type of garbage bins you describe so that machines do all the lifting, you can still buy metal cans at Walmart and most chain hardware stores, probably for farm use where metal is preferable to something vermin can claw oe chew through. The garbage can icon, of course, is probably still useful for comic-strip readers who grew up with them. Or are we deluding ourselves into believing that kids are reading the comics?.

  2. Oscar the Grouch still lives in a metal can.
    (But as a Grouch, he’s set in his ways)

    Was going to say that the “trash” computer icon is that kind of can, but Mac replaced it with a mesh wastebasket some time ago. At least folks under 40 would likely recognize an Oscar-style can; the “save” floppy disc is a mysterious hieroglyph

  3. Do you have a link to that common site? As in ” And while the milk can in Garfield was a common site”.
    I cannot sight that site. (and those who know my horrible spelling and grammar will be amused by my pointing this out).

  4. It’s just that true comic sites are long gone. Dagwood, Peanuts, Katzenjammer Kids, Gasoline Alley, Nancy, Little Lulu, Lil Abner for example. They were drawn by real cartoonists who saw humor and understood humor. Today’s cartoonist have no sense of what is funny and what isn’t. Guess they are woke!

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