JD Crowe newsletter; Doug Pike novella; Stephen King and The Far Side; News Deserts and Ghost Papers; Castigating Rick McKee and Celebrating Gilbert Shelton; The 2023 Stanley Cup Finals are playing where?
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Crowe Jam will take you behind the drawing pad and into JD’s brain each Wednesday morning. Expect some rough drafts, half-thunk thoughts and other sketchy stuff.
Did The Horrors of Freelancing Cartoons Inspire Him?
For over three decades, Doug Pike made a living as a syndicated member of the National Cartoonists Society, seeing his cartoons published in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes.
He recently decided to dip back into novel writing when he debuted “The Terror Below”
King of Horror’s Favorite The Far Side Cartoon
In his foreword to The Far Side Gallery 2, King waxes rhapsodic about The Far Side, claiming that even in an age where newspaper comic strips were at the height of their popularity and quality, Gary Larson was “uniquely unique.” King goes on to pick out his favorite of Larson’s work, selecting a strip in which…
More Horror: News Deserts and Ghost Papers
In “The Expanding News Desert,” UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media’s Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics, Penelope Muse Abernathy, maps two paths that lead to a “ghost newspaper.” The first, she proposed, diminishes a news brand through acquisition by a larger enterprise, which then changes the nature of the publication …
“Between 2004 and 2018, almost 600 once-stand-alone newspapers — or one-third of the 1,800 papers that the country lost — became advertising supplements, free-distribution shoppers or lifestyle specialty publications,” Abernathy explained.
The second path sees staff cut until it becomes impossible to “adequately cover their communities,” Abernathy suggested.
Newspaper Reader Takes Umbrage at Rick McKee Cartoon
The cartoon featured in the “Cartoonist’s Take” section of this paper on June 1, 2023 was not only offensive, it was downright hateful.
This cartoon makes absurd the very real struggles that trans people face. There is no corner of the universe where people can “identify” as anything that is objectively verifiable without censure.
The Wonder of The Fabulous Gilbert Shelton
For my money, there’s no funnier man in comics, at least on such a consistent, sustained level, as the extraordinary Gilbert Shelton (born May 31st, 1940, in Houston, TX).
Canada Celebrates The 2023 Stanley Cup Finals
The Toronto Star and cartoonist Patrick Corrigan bemoan that the The Stanley Cup Finals this year will alternate between a tropical swamp and the desert southwest.
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