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Some Sunday Funnies Morning

Does a comic strip belong on a museum wall? Dmitry Samarov wonders about that as he wanders around the Chicago Comics exhibit. I ask this not to question the value of cartooning, but because I wonder whether a wall is the best place to experience what comics are designed to do. A comic strip is […]

Posted on: Aug 1, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Contextual Comix

Timing is part of context, at least to the extent that, had this Rubes (Creators) run in December, it wouldn’t have taken me so long to get the joke. Not saying that’s a bad thing or a good thing. There’s nothing wrong with making an extra demand or two of your audience, and I probably […]

Posted on: Aug 1, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Comic Strip Cartoonists in the News

June Brigman, former Brenda Starr and Power Pack cartoonist, is the current cartoonist of Mary Worth, and also, it seems, the current cartoonist of Power Pack: Power Pack creators Louise Simonson and June Brigman are working together on a new limited series for the adolescent team at Marvel Comics. Although not officially announced by Marvel, […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 5 Comments

CSotD: Do you think I mean country matters?

Clay Bennett (CTFP) starts our discussion of health issues. We’re awash in misinformation and disinformation, and this was quite the week, even for poor Baby Tuckoo, who specializes in purposefully spreading it. Not only did he get called a bad human being, but one of the few people willing to advertise on his show no […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

So, Here’s Some Things We Noticed

While we were joining Mike in reading The Funny Pages, behind the scenes… Moved from front window display to the back shelves. © Copley News Service After a year of sitting on the last Nest Heads syndicated to newspapers, Creators Syndicate has moved the comic strip from their page of active syndicated comics to their […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight

The political stuff today is mostly awful, so we’ll deal with that tomorrow and just go for silliness, starting with Bizarro (KFS), an exploration of the wonderful world of poop signs. I don’t know what there is about dog poop that makes sign painters become so illiterate, but, besides this, there are also a number […]

Posted on: Jul 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Megan Kelso’s Comic Strip Mural “Crow Commute”

Megan Kelso, whose comic strip creation Crow Commute will be a featured installation at the Climate Pledge Arena as part of “Art at the Arena,” was featured on KIRO7 (Seattle). For months, we’ve been showing you the artwork that will be installed at the new Climate Pledge Arena. This month, we introduce you to cartoonist […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Exhibits, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Can you hear me now?

Juxtaposition of the Day (Steve Brodner)   (Ann Telnaes)   (Kevin Siers) As the expression goes, one should never miss a good opportunity to shut up, and sometimes less is more. I’ve seen a couple of cartoons about yesterday’s Jan 6 Hearing that tried to be clever and to make a point, and they seem […]

Posted on: Jul 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Claes Reimerthi – RIP

The Phantom comic book and comic strip writer Claes Reimerthi has passed away. Claes Göran Reimerthi January 12, 1955 – July 23, 2021   The news from the Chronicle Chamber. Claes Reimerthi, giant of the Swedish comics community and one of the most important individuals in The Phantom history, passed away over the weekend. Claes […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

Bozo by FoXo

  above: from March 24, 1935 Earlier this year GoComics began running the classic comic strip Bozo by FoXo Reardon. Recently the GoComics crew interviewed Foxo’s son Michael about his father and the strip. What was it like to grow up with a cartoonist as a father? My father had been working as a professional […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2021,  Section: Andrews McMeel Syndication, Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 7 Comments

CSotD: Turn on your TV now!

We usually associate Jack Davis with TV Guide, but Steve Brodner is taking on the role this morning, because the January 6 Hearings will be starting at roughly 9 AM Eastern, or about the time I file. So if you haven’t got your TV on, flip it on now and start watching. I’m assuming that […]

Posted on: Jul 27, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Checking Out a New Week of Comic Strips

Starting off with something I’m finding hilarious. © John Hambrock This story line of Edison and Orville and The Rooskies has been going on for a couple of weeks and I am laughing at every day’s strip. Orville is priceless. Check out The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee to find out why they call it […]

Posted on: Jul 26, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Lost and Found Dept. (Rediscovered Comics)

Comics Beat has a fascinating article on the recent San Diego Comic-Con panel “Graphic Novels: Lost and Found.” Panelists Gary Groth, Shannon Wheeler, Sean Michael Robinson, and Carson Grubaugh gathered virtually with moderator Rob Salkowitz to discuss their participation in stewarding these now “found” graphic novels to publication. In two cases, the modern creators actually […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Small things that amuse my small mind

I’m going to start with something substantive before moving on to trivia today. I don’t entirely disagree with Mike Lester (AMS), but, then again, I don’t entirely agree with him, either. The more argumentative point is that, from my side of things, we are paying for the Pigs in Space Race, based on the way […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

The Secret Origin of “Ace Backwords”

From Wikipedia: Peter Labriola (born September 12, 1956), better known by the pen name Ace Backwords is an American author and a former underground cartoonist based in Berkeley, California. Backwords, born Peter Labriola, published Twisted Image, a punk rock tabloid, from 1982 to 1984 featuring interviews with Johnny Rotten, Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Charles Bukowski, […]

Posted on: Jul 24, 2021,  Section: Alternative comics, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments