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King Features Sends Birthday Greetings to Barney

  At Comics Kingdom today a number of John Rose’s stablemates joined in wishing  Barney Google a Happy One Hundredth.   Shoe   Arctic Circle   Mark Trail   On The Fastrack   Mutts   Six Chix   Dennis the Menace   Not the first time the Mitchell family has visited Hootin’ Holler. For the […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Monday Funnies plus a little mo

Today featured a lot of good work on the funny pages, but, just to show I’m not ignoring the current crisis, I’ll start with Non Sequitur, which is good commentary on the Department of Justice. And I’d add that, while I’m not sure of Wiley’s timing on posts, it’s not easy for a comic strip […]

Posted on: Jun 17, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Barney Google is 100

  Barney Google (and Snuffy Smith) June 17, 1919 – present (and beyond)   We’ve mentioned the centennial celebration here and here and here. So this is just to mark the official 100th on June 17, 2019. John Rose, after a couple of weeks with birthday guests, jumped the gun by one day with the […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2019,  Section: Anniversaries, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

What Might Have Been – Tarzan

  Today’s Sunday Tarzan comic strip was the last by Gray Morrow (originally dated August 19, 2001). A bit over 18 years on the Sunday strip, at the end Morrow had to increasingly rely on assistants due to a progressive affliction with Parkinson’s Disease. If ERB Inc./Andrews McMeel continue with the original run, we will […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2019,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Weekend wrap-up

Bruce Plante lays out the top issue of the day. As noted yesterday, the Trump Administration has a self-inflicted lack of credibility, but we’ve managed to lie our way into several wars, and the two World Wars we entered honestly, we entered late and mostly when cornered.   However, not everyone has the same doubts […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Mr. Postman, Look and See, Is There a Letter…

  Hats off to cartoonist This is just a quick opinion from a regular reader that the cartoon by Joe Heller in this week’s Herald-Independent about Bart Starr entering heaven is the best cartoon I have seen anywhere in a decade. Maybe two decades. Huzza Heller.     Cartoon of Mother Goose poem sad example […]

Posted on: Jun 14, 2019,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Hey Kids! Comics! Buy Dad a Book

Here are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for June 2019 release. Images and links via Amazon (though ordering through your local comic book shop is a good idea.)   Prince Valiant Vol. 19 1973-1974 by Hal Foster     Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Artist’s Edition     The Blue Day Book Illustrated Edition: […]

Posted on: Jun 14, 2019,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies

We’ll start on a relatively high intellectual plane today and then gradually glide on down to nothing at all. I was taken aback — only appropriate in a sea-faring tale — by this Rip Kirby, not because of the name “Minx,” though I associate it mostly with “Servant of Two Masters,” which is I think […]

Posted on: Jun 14, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 7 Comments

CSotD: The Divine Right of Donnie

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: The powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. — Romans 13, 1-2 Ann Telnaes summons the ghost of Thomas […]

Posted on: Jun 13, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Barney Google and Snuffy Smith at One Hundred – Cartoonist John Rose Interviewed

    John Rose discusses 100 years of Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. I had been Fred Lasswell’s inking assistant for three and a half years. When Fred passed away in 2001, I was offered an audition by Jay Kennedy, the late, great longtime editor at King Features. He auditioned four or five other people […]

Posted on: Jun 12, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Wallace the Brave Creator Will Henry Interviewed

    Fresh off winning a divisional Reuben Award for Newspaper Comic Strip, Will Henry sits down with Dave London and Pete Chianca. It always sounds like Dave London and Pete Chianca are having fun on “Strip Search: The Comic Strip Podcast,” but it’s rare that they seem to have this much fun recording a […]

Posted on: Jun 12, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

The Trudeau Chronicles

  Next to the door of my father’s studio stood a non-functioning lacquered mahogany grandfather clock, which faced down a hall that ran the length of our 10th-floor apartment. If the studio door was closed I would sometimes open the clock’s cabinet and set its brass pendulum swinging to produce a resonant tick-tock that softened […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2019,  Section: Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: My ‘I don’t have to run’ day

Bizarro explains it all, or, at least, most of it. There are any number of directions you could go from here, starting with a reminder of how daunting it is to come up with 313 daily laffs, plus 52 Sundays. Charles Schulz used to recommend that aspiring cartoonists start by doing a year’s worth of […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments

Donald Duck is 85

  Donald Duck was introduced to the public when Walt Disney and company adapted The Little Red Hen fable as the Silly Symphony short The Wise Little Hen premiered on June 9, 1934.   https://zippy.gfycat.com/EducatedImaginativeGrunion.webm above: via gfycat   At the same time Donald Duck debuted in print as part of a Walt Disney partnership […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2019,  Section: Animation, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Spokesman-Review Readers to Decide the Fate of Non Sequitur

  It seems newspapers are slowly returning Non Sequitur to their comic pages. After the fubar earlier this year and the accompanying cancellations, editors are listening to their readers who continue to want the comic back in their papers.   The latest is The Spokesman-Review. You wouldn’t believe how many notes I still get each […]

Posted on: Jun 9, 2019,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments