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Suppressing Comics: When They Didn’t All Go Pogo

above: Before and after syndicate mandated changes. During the 1950s, Walt Kelly created the most popular comic strip in the United States. His strip was about an opossum named Pogo and his swamp-dwelling friends. It was also the most controversial and censored of its time. Long before Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury blurred the lines between the […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2021,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Life Imitates Art Imitating Foolishness

Tank McNamara (AMS) not only gets a laugh regularly but also merits a “Wait, what?” from time to time, since it uses absurd exaggerations to spoof actual stories, but doesn’t always have to. This is one of those latter times. The Staples Center, home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, is indeed about to change […]

Posted on: Dec 4, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 5 Comments

Los Angeles Times Discontinues 9 Chickweed Lane, GoComics Erases Dec. 1 Episode from Internet

The Los Angeles Times served notice to its readers that it will no longer carry Brooke McEldowney’s 9 Chickweed Lane comic strip. Since November 22 the comic strip has been featuring The Outer Space Adventures of Flight Lieutenant Charge Chucker, RAF, with Chapter One focusing on Pen Sallywright, Space Slattern. © Brooke McEldowney The current […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Comments: 53 Comments

CSotD: Friday Follies

This is one of those days where it doesn’t much matter where we start, but Alex got both a laugh and a nod, and that’s the overall goal. The headhunter goes on for half the strip about the importance of modern thinking and how it impacts old duffers like Clive, but, in the end, well, […]

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

Conservative Cartoonist Accuses NFT Marketplaces of Bias and Political Censorship

While non-fungibe token (NFT) collectibles have been very popular, NFTs have brought a slew of unique debates to the table and one of them has been censorship. The artist behind Stonetoss Comics, a series of political cartoons, has been censored by two very prominent NFT marketplaces — Opensea and Rarible. Stonetoss has told the public […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Editorial cartooning, web comics, Comments: 1 Comment

Sacrilege in the Funny Papers?

A Macanudo comic strip was upsetting to someone. © Liniers The Durango Herald received a letter to the editor: The so-called comic strip Macanudo has always been, to me, either weak or just plain stupid. However, the one that appeared last Friday (Herald, Nov. 16) insulting Christians was offensive. I’m guessing I’m not alone in […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

The Phantom: Original Fantomen Story #1000

In 1950 the Swedish comic book starring The Phantom began with reprints translated from the U.S. comic strip. A dozen years later they were getting close to using up all the strips. In order to keep the popular comic going the publishers contacted King Features Syndicate and a licensing agreement allowed for new stories to […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, International, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Random Notes and Revelations

Some days are political, some days are comical. Today is a mix, but we’ll start with the shock of Michael Ramirez (Creators) pointing out that Marjorie Taylor Greene is an embarrassment to the Republican Party. Constant Readers will know I often disagree with Ramirez, but he doesn’t simply illustrate talk radio nonsense and this is […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 9 Comments

Stuff & Nonsense: Calvin and Hobbes Edition

Comic Legend: Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did a fill-in Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. Earlier this month, the following bit was shared around social media: 27 years ago, the infamous November 14, 1994 colour strip of Calvin and Hobbes ran in various newspapers, the sole strip of the series not written and illustrated by […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Spotlight on Senior Stripper Joe Giella

93-year-old East Meadow resident [Joe Giella] has had a part in bringing heroes and villains – including Captain America, The Flash and The Joker – to life. “This is a superhero-oriented country,” Giella says. “That kept me going. I just love to draw and instead of just drawing like static figures, I like the action, […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Healthwatch: Mallard Fillmore, The Born Loser

© KFS This week Bruce Tinsley returned to his daily Mallard Fillmore for the first time in five months (June 2021). His lengthy leave in 2019/2020 was due to an “extended illness.” It is unknown if this sabbatical was a recurrence of that earlier problem or ????. It remains to be seen if the previous […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Jerry Palen – RIP

STAMPEDE cartoonist Jerry Palen has passed away.   Jerry Joseph Palen July 9, 1943 – November 25, 2021 rancher, painter, sculptor, cartoonist From the obituary: In 1964, Jerry married Ann Prosser, his high school sweetheart whom he met in art class at Central High. The couple interrupted their studies at the University of Wyoming to […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2021,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: The Battle of the Golden Arches

Tank McNamara (AMS) sets the stage with a straightforward explanation of how we allow ourselves to be exploited. In 1980, Jimmy Carter pulled the United States out of the Moscow Olympics to protest the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, and the US was joined by 64 other countries. It was a major embarrassment for the […]

Posted on: Nov 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Down Are The Days

With Thanksgiving done and gone it’s time to start thinking about buying … calendars for the upcoming year. Here we consider comics related calendars for 2022, and the Hogan’s Alley store has a fine selection of classics available. Krazy Kat, Polly and Her Pals, Little Nemo, and The Yellow Kid for those, like me, who […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Illustration, International, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Hitting the Road Again

Well, yes, Ethel, there is that: Willie ‘n Ethel comment on my first year-and-a-half as a retired person. The pandemic was indeed a lovely ego-crutch, though, as noted here, I did just sneak out to visit family in Minnesota. Please don’t tell my credit card.   Though, as Kevin Kallaugher notes, coffee break is over […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments