Darrin Bell, Bill Holbrook, Liniers, Bianca Xunise, and editor Tea Fougner are some of the King Features people that Associated Press reporter Mark Kennedy talked to about their comics page neighbor’s racist remarks.
Darrin Bell is the opening focus of the article:
“The only reason anyone knows who Scott Adams is because of the comics page. So I thought somebody on the comics page should respond to him on the comics page,” Bell, the 2019 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for illustrated reporting and commentary, told The Associated Press.
In the strips running Monday to Saturday, Bell paired Dilbert with one of his own characters, Lemont Brown. In one, Dilbert hopes Lemont will side with him in his quest to get a laundry room installed at work.
“You could wash your hoodie,” says Dilbert. Responds Lemont: “And you could wash your hood?”
Darrin says the original strips scheduled for this week were pulled.
Bell credited King Features Syndicate and his editors for allowing him to rip up the strips intended for this week and pivot to the “Dilbert” send-ups, an unusual request.
“They apparently thought it was important enough to take a risk and to make sure that it goes out on time,” Bell said.
“Macanudo” creator Ricardo Siri, known professionally as Liniers:
“I don’t do grievance. I’m just trying to focus on whatever is good that we have around,” he added. “Because in the context of a newspaper with so much bad news, I try to have an optimistic space.”
At GoComics today Jonathon Lemon uses his Rabbits Against Magic to comment.
feature image from Andy Capp