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CSotD: Friday Funnies – Everything New Is Old Again

This past Sunday’s Edison Lee has not simply been sitting in my “Friday Funnies” folder but has also been rattling around in my head. One of the elements of having grown up hard-core country is that I had a full set of stars overhead, particularly in winter when the combination of early sunsets and cold […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! A Basketful of Books

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for April 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   The Star of the Telegram: The Cartoons of Harold Maples     Johnny Hazard The Newspaper Dailies Volume Seven: 1954-1956     Thelwell’s Pony […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2019,  Section: Books, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Sentence first, verdict afterwards

   The twelve jurors were all writing very busily on slates. `What are they doing?’ Alice whispered to the Gryphon. `They can’t have anything to put down yet, before the trial’s begun.’ The Attorney General of the White House is going to hold a press conference at 9:30 to discuss a report nobody (except his […]

Posted on: Apr 18, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Tales From The Reuben: Al Roker, A.C.E.

  Awards are handed out every year at The Reubens Dinner. Most are annual acknowledgements, some are occasional. The ACE Award is on the intermittent schedule. The ACE Award, or Amateur Cartoonist Extraordinary award, is given to a celebrity or notable who aspired at one time to become a cartoonist, but whose path led them […]

Posted on: Apr 17, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Cartoonist, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

This is CNN (Comics News Network)

  The Kliban Exclusion The above cartoon ran as shown on GoComics, eliciting howls of censorship. But the edited image was the one GoComics received from the Kliban estate. Then the Kliban people corrected the false impression many readers imagined: Its a great cartoon so the dilemma was wanting to post it but knowing the […]

Posted on: Apr 17, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: While we await more weeping gargoyles

There have been a couple of okay cartoons about the Notre Dame fire and then a raft of weeping gargoyles. I’m going to hold back for a day or so to let more cartoonists weigh in. There’s plenty more out there to comment on, starting with … I was glad to see Darrin Bell recognized […]

Posted on: Apr 17, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

NCSFest – One Month to Go

  Only one short month until “America’s Biggest Comic Arts Festival!”     Officially it runs May 17 to May 19, 2019, but there’s a signing event on May 16 and a live podcast on May 20th. Get there early and stay late.   Like the star of his Badlands comic strip, Steve McGarry is […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Conventions, Exhibits, Festival of Cartoon Art, Gatherings, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Goodbye to Dwane, and to bucket lists

If seeing Notre Dame Cathedral was on your bucket list, you screwed up. Apparently, parts have been saved, but it will be some time before it’s restored, and then it will be restored, and it will be another century before the restoration feels properly a part of the 850-year-old edifice. But you let other things […]

Posted on: Apr 16, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Magazine Monday

  Comic Strip Cartoonist #10 Last month I got the delightful 10th (#10) Anniversary issue of Comic Strip Cartoonist. “Ski” gives us the origin of the magazine, followed by a summary of the first 9 issues. Then we get an enjoyable gallery of comics from cartoonists featured in those nine issues, with an update on […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Magazines, Publications, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: The Madness of King Donald

Kal Kallaugher notes the increasingly authoritarian nature of our perverse executive branch as it veers further from its Constitutional moorings and closer to the extremist views of its worst supporters. The Prez seems to be slipping his moorings in all sorts of ways, mostly in that, between his tweets and the formal statements coming from […]

Posted on: Apr 15, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

It Don’t Come Easy

Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff and Prince Valiant by Harold Foster; yes, even Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse and E. C. Segar’s Thimble Theatre starring Popeye. Those and others have their fans who proclaim them the greatest adventure strips of all time. They are, of course, wrong. The Greatest Adventure Strip Of All Time […]

Posted on: Apr 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD – Adult Humor

Fathers get so little positive play on the comics page that, having been a single dad, I’m gonna lead with today’s Brevity. Cargo shorts notwithstanding, it’s good to see a father in the funnies who isn’t a clueless, annoying loser. My father, who was otherwise very present and attentive, didn’t teach me to shave. I […]

Posted on: Apr 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Strip Cartoonists in the News

  Earlier this week was a wonderful interview with cartoonist Jim Keefe talking about his Flash Gordon and Sally Forth comic strips, and the transition from adventure to humor. Also his admiration for John Romita, Al Williamsom, Joe Kubert, and others who preceded him in the field. It is obvious that Jim enjoys comics. About […]

Posted on: Apr 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: In which I see everything twice

Candorville sets the tone for today, and if Lemont and I share a cynical view of society, it’s at least a cynicism based on a sense that we could be a better place if we didn’t simply lack the will. I’ve seen a raft of black hole cartoons with this or that being dragged into […]

Posted on: Apr 13, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies – Smartening Up

Non Sequitur sets the mood for our weekly retreat from politics, and not a moment too soon. Things have gotten to a point where even sober people feel the need for partisan divide. One of our grocery stores put a few tables in their deli section so people could sit and have a cup of […]

Posted on: Apr 12, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 9 Comments