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A Look at King Features’ 2022 Syndicate Directory

King Features has released their Syndicate Directory for 2022.   Some notes… Most important is the question: Has Hy Eisman retired? Past Directories listed Popeye as “Dailies reprint, Sundays new.” This edition, as does 2021’s volume, leaves it marked as reprint with no difference.The last time we checked Hy was still doing the Sunday page. […]

Posted on: May 13, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: Fearless Friday the Thirteenth

Edison Lee (KFS) pays tribute to the date, though I’m a little uncertain of the premise, since his father and grandfather would be more apt to recognize a Friday the Thirteenth reference than someone Edison’s age, given that the movie came out 42 years ago. Which, now that I do a little math, means his […]

Posted on: May 13, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 11 Comments

75 Years Ago – Caniff Wins First “Reuben” Award

In May 1947 Milton Caniff was voted “Outstanding Cartoonist of 1946.” Seventy-five years ago Milton Caniff, creator of the Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon comic strips received the first Billy DeBeck Memorial Award, or The Barney, as the highest honor from the newly established National Cartoonists Society (NCS). Yes, The Reuben Award began […]

Posted on: May 12, 2022,  Section: Awards, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Comic history, Comic strips, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 0 Comments

Ruben Bolling Wins 2021 Berryman Award

Ruben Bolling, author of the “Tom the Dancing Bug” satirical weekly cartoon strip, has won the 2021 Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons from the National Press Foundation. He accepted the award at the National Press Foundation’s May 4, 2022 awards dinner in Washington, D.C. The judges cited Bolling’s mordant wit, […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Avoiding the Unavoidable

Existential Comics strikes my mood perfectly. We didn’t read a lot of 20th Century anything back in the 60s when I was in college, so de Beauvoir wasn’t on the docket, but there were other philosophers who offered a bit of comfort in what we then thought were dark days. Yes, little did we know, […]

Posted on: May 11, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 6 Comments

Passed the Past – Comic Chronicles

National Cartoonists’ Day was last week so this is late, but how can it be late when we’re talking about the past? Every year, May 5 is observed as National Cartoonist Day. Why May 5 is considered as National Cartoonist Day? On May 5, 1895, the New York World carried a single-strip, full-color drawing of […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 0 Comments

David Reddick Returns to Legend of Bill

Last year David Reddick excited fans with a teaser about Legend of Bill webcomic. Today he gave us the Reveal!      David gave us only a bit more to dwell on: It seems Legend of Bill will become a Comics Kingdom web exclusive –I don’t think this is an indication of newspaper print syndication […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, web comics, Comments: 0 Comments

Catchin’ Up with Cartoonists in the News

It started, as most searches do, by looking toward the end. “COVID taught us all just how precious and fragile time with family is,” reflected 34-year-old Charlestonian video editor/director/cinematographer Gavin Shelton. Thus began Shelton’s pandemic project: a curation of the life and legacy of his uncle, underground comix icon Gilbert Shelton. Gilbert Shelton, now in […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 4 Comments

Update: Sack, MacKinnon, S.Adams, Whiting, Green

A Sack Full of Wit © Journal Gazette/Steve Sack When Steve Sack, the editorial cartoonist for The Minneapolis Star Tribune, announced his retirement last week, his fans in the Twin Cities thanked him for four decades of great work. But readers of The Journal Gazette’s editorial pages have known him even longer. In fact, Steve […]

Posted on: May 8, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoonist, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 0 Comments

Mama’s Sunday Funnies

The Walker Bros. and Eric Reaves gives us some background in Hi and Lois. © King Features Syndicate (Love the opening butterfly panel.)   When the Vintage Editor and the Contemporary Editor don’t confer. Today’s Vintage Tiger: and today’s currently syndicated (tho still a rerun) Tiger:  Tiger © King Features Syndicate   Synchronicity?  Foxtrot © […]

Posted on: May 8, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Mother’s Day and our Freedom of Dissembly

  Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not. Your mother brings you into the world, carries you first in her body. What do we know about what she feels? But whatever she feels, it, at least, must be real. It must be. What are our ideas […]

Posted on: May 8, 2022,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 2 Comments

Hogan’s Alley Magazine for Free Comic Book Day

For those wanting to know what all the hoopla surrounding the Hogan’s Alley magazine is about here’s your shot at getting a free sample of the best comic history magazine going without leaving home. From Hogan’s Alley: It’s Free Comic Book Day, and you know what that means! To take advantage of our offer, you […]

Posted on: May 7, 2022,  Section: Cartooning, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 0 Comments

John Whitaker – RIP

Cartoonist John Whitaker has passed away.     John Earl Whitaker August 20, 1928 – May 4, 2022   From the obituary: John Whitaker, age 93, died peacefully Wednesday, 4th of May 2022 at Hearthside Senior Living in Collierville, TN attended by his daughter, Annette Cain and son, Mark. In 1951, he married Rose Rowan […]

Posted on: May 7, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Obituary, Comments: 2 Comments

Then There Was This (Weekend Whatnots)

Ninety-three-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and Village Voice veteran Jules Feiffer and his wife, JZ Holden, are listing their Shelter Island home for $1.2 million. Feiffer — who is also the illustrator of Gimme’s favorite childhood book, “The Phantom Tollbooth” — moved to Shelter Island full time in 2017.  The charming, shingle-style traditional home at 5 Emerson Lane, built in 2016, […]

Posted on: May 7, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Conventions, Events, Newspaper industry, Comments: 0 Comments

CSotD: Let’s Face The Comics and Dance

I’m sure Tony Carrillo drew today’s F-Minus (AMS) some time ago, but it sure couldn’t have dropped at a better time. For my part, three days of analyzing Alito leaves me eager to be uninformed for at least a little while, and, BTW, it’s Free Comic Book Day at your local comics shop, which ought to […]

Posted on: May 7, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments