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Dave Blazek’s Recipe for Success

Bette Banjack sits down with Loose Parts’ Dave Blazek and gets a recipe. Moving through the newspaper world he landed at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Being a creative person, Dave has done it all. Graphic arts, writing, plus creating and directly some 500 radio commercials plus around 100 TV commercials. He retired as […]

Posted on: Feb 7, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Interviews, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Friday Funnies in the nick of time

Wiley gets to lead off today because this Non Sequitur sparked two — count them, two! — personal memories of no particular significance. The first involves names, because everyone named “Peterson” gets called “Pete”at some point. My son was Pete in the Navy in his day, his son-in-law is Pete in the Navy now because […]

Posted on: Feb 7, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

74th Reubens: Gold T-Square to G. B. Trudeau

The National Cartoonists Society is noting that Garry B. Trudeau will be presented the Society’s the Gold T-Square. From NCS President Jason Chatfield: On behalf of the board of directors of the National Cartoonists Society, It is my great pleasure to announce that Garry Trudeau will be awarded the Gold T-Square award at the 74th […]

Posted on: Feb 6, 2020,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

This ‘n’ That, From Here ‘n’ There

Awwww. Avery’s Pikmin Adventure is a comic by cartoonist Chris Furniss. The Pikmin story is a “daily procedural comic, written and drawn on the fly”, with Chris’ son starring as the main character in the Pikmin universe. It’s actually made up of little note cards which are left for his [seven-year-old] son to read over […]

Posted on: Feb 6, 2020,  Section: Auctions, Books, Cartooning, Comic strips, Fund Raisers, Magazines, Museums, Comments: 1 Comment

Swipe File – Calvin Peeing

Twenty years ago the bootlegged decal was ubiquitous, and illegal (still is). First things first—Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson says he has nothing to do with the lewd caricature of his beloved Calvin. Watterson was vehemently against licensing his creation for merchandising, and that includes the stickers that “cheapened and corrupted” the comics. Watterson never […]

Posted on: Feb 5, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Crime, Legal, Comments: 1 Comment

Spokesman-Review Adds (and Subtracts) Comics

The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review is acting on their comics poll from last summer. First, we asked our readers to rate all of our current comics. Then we had our readers rate several new comics. We were blown away. Thousands and thousands voted. And not just online. The U.S. Postal Service nearly made its 2019 budget numbers […]

Posted on: Feb 5, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

“Planet to Earth” to Spokesman-Review

The Spokane Spokesman-Review is adding Planet to Earth by Jody Zellman as a weekly panel. The Spokesman-Review announced the signing: Zellman competed with nine other artists during autumn to score a weekly gig as the new cartoonist in The Spokesman-Review. “Earth to Planet,” which turns 3 this the summer, won the reader’s choice competition and […]

Posted on: Feb 4, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Antisocial Media

Posting this Joy of Tech is a bit of a cheat, given that they’ve posted a new cartoon since, but it states the situation so well that I’m giving myself permission to break my own rules. I have two elements of concern with Facebook. Privacy is one, though I continue to subscribe to the theory […]

Posted on: Feb 3, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Quintessential Sunday Comic Strip Samples

  It seemed to me that there were a few comic strips this weekend that perfectly encapsulated what the creations are about. Jef Mallet’s Frazz, for example. Pure Frazz.   Or Sunday’s Scary Gary by Mark Buford. If you’re wanting to let someone know about the comic strip, you gotta include the above.   Susan […]

Posted on: Feb 3, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Sack Stops “Doodle”-ing, It’s On a Foote-path Now

After nearly 35 years Steve Sack has retired from the Doodles feature. During that same 35 years it has been a team effort, now, beginning February 2, 2020 (below), it will be a Chris Foote solo project. Pulitzer Prize-winning Steve Sack told The Daily Cartoonist: I decided to step back mainly because I have other […]

Posted on: Feb 2, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

Important Decision Being Made in Austin, Not Iowa

The Austin American-Statesman, after giving readers a sampling, has opened a poll to decide what will replace The Pajama Diaries on Sundays: A few weeks ago, we started running “Nancy” in our Sunday comics section, after the creator of “The Pajama Diaries,” Terri Libenson, announced she was retiring the strip. We are considering “Nancy” and […]

Posted on: Feb 2, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: A Warm Thank You, Please, For 10 Years After

The blog’s 10th anniversary is Thursday, but we’ll celebrate it today because cartoonists often use Sunday to mark something in the coming week and also because I have nothing more to say at the moment about impeachment or coronavirus. So there is the first Comic Strip of the Day entry, back when it truly was […]

Posted on: Feb 2, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 19 Comments

The Secret Comics Section of The Washington Post

The Lily was the first U.S. newspaper by women. We’re bringing it back. For all things comics in Washington DC we turn to Mike Rhode – if he don’t know, he’ll find out. And recently he discovered a new secret area of comics from The Washington Post. As Mike at his ComicsDC site explains: Since […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on The Secret Comics Section of The Washington Post

You Are Cordially Invited…to a Fastrack Interview

With their wedding on the fast track (pun intended), Dethany and Guy sit down for an interview. -Will the wedding be fun spooky or SPOOOOKY spooky? DETHANY: I fail to see the distinction. Just kidding! It’ll be fun spooky, since all ages will be there, including my nieces and nephews. Think “Courage the Cowardly Dog” […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

The Oregonian Reinstates Non Sequitur

Another major paper has brought Non Sequitur back to its pages. The Non Sequitur comic strip had quite an impressive client list before Wiley had a serious lapse of judgment about a year ago. Since that time both the cartoonist and the syndicate have apologized and, as The Oregonian notes, made assurances: “I asked Miller […]

Posted on: Jan 31, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on The Oregonian Reinstates Non Sequitur