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Mark Trail – Then (Dodd) and Now (Rivera)

  above: Mark trail cartoonists Ed Dodd and Jules Rivera (via the Gainesville Times) For the first time in almost 75 years the Mark Trail cartoonist won’t have a connection to Gainesville, Georgia. The Gainesville Times notes about Jules Rivera taking over: King Features Syndicate announced Sept. 25 that Jules Rivera, Latina cartoonist from Los […]

Posted on: Sep 28, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

GoComics Dropping Frog Applause, The Conjurers, others; Connie to the Wonnie Drops GoComics

In the month since we last reported that GoComics was reducing the 500+ roster of its site, a dozen more comics have been dropped. September has seen the following comics no longer appearing on GoComics: Angry Birds, BFGF Syndrome, The Best Medicine Cartoon, The Conjurers, The Creeps, Dragon Girl, The Gentleman’s Armchair, The Lost Bear, […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 14 Comments

What Might Have Been – Superman Comic Strip

Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. After years of failing to get Superman published in one form or another Jerry and Joe, in 1938, got the hero published in a comic book. Superman made Action Comics an instant hit and by the end of 1938 the creators were producing their long-desired newspaper strip that […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Truth or illusion – Who knows the difference?

We’ll start the day with a video, but no worries: We’ll have one at the end, too. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” is a movie you only watch once, not because it’s not good enough to watch again but because it’s too painful to sit through a second viewing. Draw your own parallels to calendar […]

Posted on: Sep 27, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

New Mark Trail by Jules Rivera in October

The New York Times is reporting that the Mark Trail comic strip will have new episodes by cartoonist Jules Rivera starting October 12, 2020. “Mark Trail,” a newspaper comic strip about an outdoor magazine writer and environmentalism, is getting a makeover. On Oct. 12, the cartoonist Jules Rivera will take over the strip. above: Mark […]

Posted on: Sep 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies, with a little cheesecake

Between Friends (KFS) has a well-timed arc about junk drawers (starting here), in part because a lot of people are going through their stuff for lack of anything else to do in quarantine and in far more important part because I needed to unclutter before a puppy arrived. Not that I expected her to get […]

Posted on: Sep 25, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

Politics Cause of Dropping Bottom Liners

After months of complaints about the political jokes in the Bottom Liners panel, the Wilmington Star News has dropped the panel. While editorial comments have long been a part of the Teitelbaum Brothers repertoire, they seem to gotten more partisan and frequent this past year. A couple of harsh Adam Schiff gags found readers writing […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Gary Larson, Editorial Cartoonist

While The Far Side cartoons have been repurposed by others for partisan ends, Gary Larson himself has never been political except in the most general terms (e.g., the government sucks). But now, in a new The Far Side cartoon, Gary gets specific as he takes us into a Museum of Relics where he shows a […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

The Brian Walker Tapes

Brian Walker is  – a writer of comic strips  – a historian of comic strips  – a curator of comic strips  – a compiler of comic strips The son of Mort Walker and raised in “Cartoon County,” Brian knows his comic strips. Geoff Grogan talks to Brian about all phases of Brian’s career and life […]

Posted on: Sep 23, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

The Return of Small Potatoes by Paul Madonna

       Paul Madonna, after a three year sabbatical from comic stripping has returned,bringing his Small Potatoes back to GoComics on a regular basis. Paul was creating the Small Potatoes comic strip from 2016 to 2017 when… I took a break to focus on my second novel, Come to Light, which will be available […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Dueling Centennials – Winkle and Ward

September 20, 1920 saw two debuts. Winnie Winkle by Martin Branner first appeared on this date in 1920.Tom Heintjes and the HoganMag Twitter are showing the first daily strips here and here. So here’s the first Winnie Winkle Sunday (April 2, 1922) featuring new cast member Perry. Below is the last Winnie Winkle strip from […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2020,  Section: Animation, Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Bruce Tinsley Returns to Mallard Fillmore-updated

It has been nearly a year since Bruce Tinsley has created new Mallard Fillmore comic strips. After going with reruns, Bruce and King Features signed Loren Fishman as temporary guest cartoonist. But it seems that very soon Bruce will return to his comic creation. The last time Bruce’s Mallard Fillmore appeared with Tinsley’s signature and […]

Posted on: Sep 19, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Gorf’s Everything’s Relative Returns to Print

When the Jewish Week ended its print edition earlier this year, the weekly Everything’s Relative comic strip by Jordan B. Gorfinkel (aka “Gorf”) that had run there since 1996 was left without a home. That has changed as Jewish Link started printing the comic beginning September 10, 2020. Jewish Link co-publisher Moshe Kinderlehrer introduces the […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Billy Ireland Museum to Host Virtual Comics Trivia on October 2nd

Our friends over at Ohio State University Bill Ireland Library & Museum are hosting a three-round virtual Comics Trivia evening on October 2nd. You are required to register to participate. From the CXC site: The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum challenges you to a three-round game of comics trivia! We’ll start out with some […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: If it’s Friday, it’s Meet the Funnies

This week’s story arc in Betty has them contemplating the collection of snow globes they’ve accumulated in their travels, with the central question being “Why on earth did we accumulate all these snow globes?” Apparently, they weren’t being ironic, though snow globes from tacky gift shops might be an interesting thing to collect. And by […]

Posted on: Sep 18, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 12 Comments