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CSotD: Bits and Pieces

Daniel Boris offers a Juxtaposition of Himself: Two versions of a single cartoon. I prefer the first iteration, specifically because the convictions don’t necessarily lead back to Trump. That is, Rhodes and Meggs would have been convicted of seditious conspiracy (and the others of interference) without any need to prove they were incited by Trump […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Dick Tracy Comic Character Tom De Haven Profiled

From the VCU News: Tom De Haven, a retired Virginia Commonwealth University professor and author of a series of novels centered around comic strip writers, appeared as himself in Sunday’s edition of the nationally syndicated comic strip “Dick Tracy,” shaking hands with the famed fictional detective. Dick Tracy © Tribune Content Agency; The Funny Papers […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Updating Several Previous Items

Charles Schulz 100/Terri Libenson – – David Pope/The Gold Stanley – – Candorville/King Features – – Gene Basset/Mankota Free Press – – Roger Mahoney/ The Daily Mirror – – Gannett/Layoffs – – Cul de Sac/Washington Post Magazine – – Sandra Boynton/Wishes   In our various articles on the 100th anniversary of Charles Schulz we overlooked […]

Posted on: Dec 2, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Random Acts of Comics

Most of us can relate to Bill Whitehead’s Free Range. We all get our most brilliant thoughts as we lay drifting off to sleep only to find the next morning that it may be good but it isn’t brilliant. That’s if we write it down. If not then the next morning you only remember you […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

CSotD: Random Observations

I really like The Other Coast (Creators) because Adrian Raeside has a solid handle on dog behavior. Usually. I have to assume he doesn’t have a dog that requires grooming or he’d know that the first instinct, after a $70 trip to the groomer, is to luxuriate in something that will restore a more dogcentric […]

Posted on: Dec 1, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Darrin Bell Takes Candorville to King Features

After not updating to GoComics this week Darrin Bell informed his fans about the circumstances in the Candorville comments: This may be the last Candorville to appear on GoComics for a while. The Washington Post Writers Group is closing, so Candorville is moving to another syndicate as of this Thursday. There’s no deal in place […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

CSotD: Another think coming

Tom Tomorrow reflects on the fleeting relevance of political cartoons, and he’s right that the more specific a critique, the sooner it becomes irrelevant, or, at least, we should hope it does. I bought Herblock: The Life and Work of the Great Political Cartoonist, which includes a DVD of all his cartoons, and, while he […]

Posted on: Nov 30, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 7 Comments

On Giving Tuesday Consider The CRNI

                                   During this season of giving please consider the                               CARTOONISTS RIGHTS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL   CRNI strengthens the interconnectedness of cartoonists around the world, campaigns to protect their human rights and defends those threatened as a result of their work.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Clearing the Queue – Tales From Hither and Thither

The Evolving Art of Ruffling Feathers © Steve Nease Most newspapers had a full-time cartoonist on staff. Now, the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze. Steve Nease, one of Canada’s premier cartoonists, isn’t surprised. A lot of papers no longer run, not just his, but any cartoons. “Sometimes, it’s a cost-cutting matter,” he admits. Cartoonists aren’t […]

Posted on: Nov 28, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Comments: 0 Comments

Roger Mahoney – RIP

British cartoonist Roger Mahoney has passed away. Roger Mahoney 1933 – November 5, 2022   Famed in Great Britain as cartoonist on The Gambols and many other comic strips and in the United States for taking over the Andy Capp comic strip, The Daily Mail is reporting the death of cartoonist Roger Mahoney: Tributes have been […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments

John Lotshaw – RIP

Cartoonist and comedian John Lotshaw has passed away. John Paul Lotshaw November 8, 1966 – November 25, 2022   John’s sister Ana announced the passing of her brother, loved by her and the entire National Cartoonists Society: Many of you have heard but others not of the unexpectedly passing of my brother John yesterday as […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 1 Comment

First & Last – Smitty (1922-1974) by Walter Berndt

One hundred years ago saw the debut of Smitty by Walter Berndt. From Don Markstein’s Toonopedia: [Berndt] sold Bill the Office Boy to The New York World, but didn’t last long there, due to what might euphemistically be called “creative differences” with his boss. But the same strip, presented to Captain Joseph Patterson, editor of […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Moments of Boredom and Delight

Baby Blues (AMS) touches on a regrettable consequence of our centralized corporate world. When I was a kid in the ’50s, there were all sorts of small amusement parks scattered throughout the country, including several designed by Arto Monaco, who created a number of those imagination-sparking parks in the years after the war, including Santa’s […]

Posted on: Nov 27, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 8 Comments

The Charles Schulz Centennial in the News

Portrait by Pete McDonnell for The Petaluma Argus Courier From NPR: Cartoonist Charles Schulz died in February 2000, the night before his final comic strip ran in the Sunday paper. But the characters he created and developed over the course of five decades still endure, in the form of reruns, beloved TV specials, a movie […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2022,  Section: Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Saturday Morning Cartoons

I was going to let DD Degg cover the Charles Schulz tributes today, but this Arctic Circle (KFS) deserves some separate commentary. Alex Hallatt has been doing “Grown-Up Peanuts” gags all week, but today’s strikes at her usual health/environmental themes, and pinged my receptors for a couple of reasons. We’re long seen research indicating that […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 11 Comments