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The Knight Life’s Little Victories

Keith Knight went home last week. Cartoonist and Malden native Keith Knight, whose semi-autobiographical series, “Woke,” is airing its second season on Hulu, has been tapped to deliver the graduation address at his alma mater, Salem State University on May 19. Knight has authored and illustrated 19 books and cut three albums with the hip-hop […]

Posted on: May 23, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic strips, Events, Interviews, Television, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Attention Must Be Paid

I used to see bumperstickers that said “If you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention.” Haven’t seen one in awhile; perhaps it’s too late. But Ann Telnaes has been paying attention enough to be concerned that CPAC held their latest conference in Budapest, where Hungarian autocrat Victor Orban — new hero of the far right […]

Posted on: May 23, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Yet Still Even More Sunday Funnies

Garfield Shout-Out © PAWS Inc. Some behind-the-scenes assistants of the comic strip are offered up for sacrifice in today’s Garfield – Gary Barker, Brett Koth, Dan Davis.   Heathcliff Hulk-Out   Heathcliff © Creators Syndicate; Hulk © Marvel Characters Inc. The other orange tabby “Hulks out” in today’s Heathcliff.   The Phantom Gross-Out © King […]

Posted on: May 22, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: I’m Your Comic Weekly Man!

If you’re old enough to remember The Comic Weekly Man, you’re also old enough to make the connection between Big Ben Bolt (KFS)‘s current opponent in the 1963 Vintage Sunday arc, Chief Thunderhand, and his very close namesake, Chief Thunderthud. I don’t know why it didn’t hit me until today, but, once it did, Cowabunga! […]

Posted on: May 22, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Jeannie (Silver T-Square) Schulz Interview

Jeannie Schulz, who will receive the Silver T-Square from the National Cartoonists Society at this year’s Reuben ceremony, sat for an interview with The Santa Rosa Junior College Oak Leaf recently. The Oak Leaf: The 20th anniversary of the museum is this year. What was your original vision? Jean Schulz: It has to be homey […]

Posted on: May 21, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Museums, Comments: 0 Comments

Rube Goldberg, Inventor (Comic Chronicles)

From the archives: Rube Goldberg machines are serious business In the June 1923 issue of Popular Science, Rube Goldberg himself writes that he hopes to ‘invent something useful.’   From the Bill Gourgey introduction: Before the name Rube Goldberg became synonymous with comically over-engineered chain-reaction contraptions that satirize technology, the eponym belonged to a humble […]

Posted on: May 20, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Brandon, Schulz Summer at The Billy Ireland

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum has a couple exhibits opening this weekend.     © Brumsic Brandon, Jr. Art Trust; Barbara Brandon-Croft Pioneering father/daughter cartoonists Brumsic Brandon, Jr. (1927– 2014) and Barbara Brandon-Croft (1958– ) chronicled the nation’s cultural landscape in their comic strips through the lens of racism. The elder Brandon, who […]

Posted on: May 20, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies, with a side of politics

The Cosmic Timing Award goes to Wallace The Brave (AMS), where this strip dropped the morning after I got a long-delayed haircut and even got a compliment on it from a dog-walking friend. Fortunately, only our dogs ended up in the water and they did it mostly on purpose. As for how long it had […]

Posted on: May 20, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 4 Comments

TDC Updates: Eisners and Tigers and Lee – Oh Si

Zoe Si Recognized (pronounced “see” despite the cute headline) Zoe has become the toast of Vancouver after being named a Pulitzer Prize finalist earlier this month. The Vancouver Sun did a small article about the local girl made good. Two years into a new career, Zoe Si’s wry observations about life during the pandemic, beautifully […]

Posted on: May 19, 2022,  Section: Awards, Books, Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Magazine cartoons, Profiles, Comments: 0 Comments

CRT Hits The Herblock Prize (Lalo Alzcaraz Won)

The Caucasian Replacement Theory is making its way into American Awards*. Like many prestigious awards that recognize great accomplishment in this country, the Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning, created in 2004 to commemorate the legacy of the late Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block, had never been offered to a nonwhite person—until this year. While accepting […]

Posted on: May 18, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

Run Faster, Jump Higher Charlie Brown

When you think of great athletes no one tops Charlie Brown. Converse has teamed up with one of the most iconic comic strips for its next sneaker collaboration … the shoe company has teamed up with Peanuts in spring ’22 to deliver a new footwear and apparel capsule that will hit shelves before month’s end. […]

Posted on: May 18, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Licensing, Comments: 2 Comments

Hud Armstrong – RIP

Cartoonist, illustrator, and bartender Hud Armstrong has passed away. Hudson S. (Hud) Armstrong September 15, 1945 – May 11, 2022   WNYT-Albany is reporting Hud’s death:  A Saratoga Springs man who’s been drawing life and times in the Spa City for more than half a century has died. Hud Armstrong died on May 11. He’s […]

Posted on: May 18, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Illustration, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

National Cartoonists Society Adapts and Adopts

Gone are the days when you needed to land a big newspaper syndication deal to validate your standing as a professional artist. New media and modern creative industries expand the opportunities and outlets for today’s cartoonists and reimagine what it looks like to work professionally. As the premier organization of professional cartoonists, [The National Cartoonists […]

Posted on: May 17, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: A Break in the Inaction

Macanudo (KFS) offers an uplifting thought, and we could all use one about now. There is a kind of conceptual collision between the saying “Curiosity killed the cat” and the semifolkloric belief that they possess nine lives. Well, a cat may look at a king and also become fascinated by a laser, and the ability […]

Posted on: May 17, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

A Collection of Chips, Crime, and Comic Chronicles

Crime Comic Strips Who could have known that newspaper comic strips and crime stories, including noir, were a match made in heaven? Newspaper comic strips are an artistic genre that’s largely forgotten now. The strips that remain are for the most part humor strips like “Garfield.” A handful of dramatic strips are still published. But […]

Posted on: May 16, 2022,  Section: Cartoonist, Comic Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments