But after a year Shadia gave up the assignment back on August 22, 2023 saying:
Hi all! Today my last strip of Olive & Popeye is up! I’m working on new projects (yay!) but that means I can’t give O&P the time and care it deserves!
I’m so grateful for the team at @ComicsKingdom for the opportunity and @choochoobear for being an awesome work mate! I’m so grateful to have worked on a childhood comic of mine and I’m excited for the new artist taking my place! Adventure awaits!
The new Olive cartoonist turned out to be her Olive & Popeye compatriot. Randy Milholland, exploring his inner feminist, took on the Olive portion on the Tuesday of August 29, 2023 while continuing Thursday’s Popeye portion of Olive & Popeye (and continuing to do the Sunday Popeye page and his Something Positive strip).
Today’s Olive and Popeye (I’m doing Tuesday strips until KF finds a new artist for them)
It took a month but new Olive cartoonist Emi Ane Burdge made her debut on October 3, 2023.
My name is on the site, so I figure I can say something now. I’m now one of the official artists for the Olive & Popeye comic! My first strip goes up tomorrow. I’m so excited to have this opportunity, and I hope you all love what’s coming up!
We welcome Emi Ane as the latest in a long line of fine Popeye cartoonists – among them:
Segar, Zaboly, Sagendorf, Wildman, London, Eisman, Milholland, Amin, and now Burdge.
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