A Fine Spring Sunday in The Funnies

Among our pointing to comics from the past few days we will also note some news stories related to recent items here. For example today’s Rex Morgan M.D. brings to mind the Bizarro post from yesterday with its opening panels using the them/they pronouns.

This past week (or two) saw Phoebe of Phoebe and Her Unicorn draw a comic strip and Shannon of Luann do the same. I enjoyed both of the parables, especially how Karen And Greg Evans tied it into an ongoing theme of the comic.

The Phoebe and Her Unicorn parable starts here; the Luann fable starts here.

If only Terry Beatty had Sarah drawing a comic in Rex Morgan last week, it would have been a nice hat trick.

A few days ago we noted the first anniversary of FurBabies on our Facebook page but neglected to mention it here. We correct that misstep now with a link to the GoComics blog which that same “birth” day asked cartoonist Nancy Beiman a few questions about her comic strip.

Without giving away too much, can you clue readers into what may be coming down the pike in “FurBabies”?

I am interweaving three story arcs. The first one started on May 21 and the second and third will begin in July and possibly continue through August…

Adding to our story about the 30th anniversary of Mallard Fillmore with King Features is Paul Petrick celebrating the occasion also.

The most conservative comic strip since Chester Gould retired from writing Dick Tracy, Fillmore continues to offer a fresh take on American culture and the liberals occupying its commanding heights.  Its eponymous protagonist is surrounded by insufferable newsroom colleagues representing various left-wing archetypes. The strip takes aim at the fads and fashions du jour, leaving no vapid celebrity or hypocritical politician unscathed.  

above: a Mallard Fillmore Sunday page with a quote that was noted in Mike Peterson’s D-Day column.

Petrick wrote that after ending his association with The Daily Pogress Tinsley and Fillmore ended up with “the ideologically simpatico Washington Times.” His article appears in the ideologically simpatico Washington Examiner, though originally in Chronicles, A Magazine of American Culture.

I confess to surprise when Donald Trump came into some ribbing this past week from the ideologically simpatico Mike Lester not in his editorial cartoons but in his Mike du Jour comic strip (starting here).

Granted, unlike the never Trumper Scott Stantis in Prickly City, the ribbing was gentle, but surprising nonetheless.

Every once in a while it is good to be reminded of the trajectory of our favorite medium.

Daddy’s Home did that earlier this week.

I’m so confused.

Book banning? Men in Black? Blue tie v. red tie? Wednesday’s Dark Side of the Horse is a CIDU entry.

It may be my imagination or it may be the profile images but Ted Forth seems more Greg Howardish than Jim Keefesque in the past week’s Sally Forth.

Wizard of Id comments on the echo chamber.

On the Fastrack comments on Humanity’s never ending battle with The Machines with a classic reference.

feature image is by Don Wimmer from Rose is Rose

7 thoughts on “A Fine Spring Sunday in The Funnies

  1. The dark horse is dreaming of fairy tales. At first the tales are being read from a book by an elderly person. But security whisks away the elderly teller and replaces them with two politicians having a debate. Fairy tales for adults.

  2. Where in the world are the “…opening panels using the them/they pronouns…”??? I don’t see them anywhere in the Bizarro post you linked, but if they were hidden in the collage of draft panels, the resolution is not nearly good enough to find them.

      1. Re-reading that sentence now, it seems obvious. I guess I was just hoping to see a similar instance in a second comic.

  3. Another thing not mentioned: The June 9, 2024 Sunday Heathcliff comic strip featured 1950’s-1980’s comic strip kid Dondi in it.

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