Since the merger of the Universal and United Media newspaper syndicates, GoComics.com
has been the place to find 80%+ of all newspaper comics online*. And it has been noticed that two of the most popular comics, both in papers and onsite, haven't had new content in decades: Peanuts
and Calvin and Hobbes
. As a result, GoComics is giving many other defunct funnies a second online run, including Bloom County
cartoons alternating with Kliban's Cats
, and, most notably among recent syndication casualties, CulDeSac
(as well as Richard Thompson's Poor Almanac
). With the artists of FoxTrot
cutting back to Sunday only, the site (as well as some papers) is filling in the other 6 days with reruns. While Dilbert is exclusive to its own website, Dilbert Classics
from the early 1990s are now rerun on GoComics. Even Luann
, who just graduated high school (finally!) has a parallel run of Luann Againn (sic)
showing her as 13 years old back in 1986.
But the most interesting example of recycling old comics comes from the current custodians of the 80-year-old Nancy
, who, after observing "the Greatest Nancy Panel Ever Drawn"
become a meme, now offer a daily feature of a single non-sequitur panel from a classic Ernie Bushmiller strip in Random Acts of Nancy
**. And they ARE random. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Aug 3, 2014 -
In 1989, Bill "Calvin and Hobbes" Watterson gave a famous address at Ohio State U.'s Festival of Cartoon Art: "The Cheapening of the Comics"
(transcript). Twenty-two years later, successful webcomic artist Dave Kellett (of "Sheldon"
about a boy and his non-imaginary talking duck, and "Drive"
a sci-fi comic with a convoluted premise and funny aliens) offered a new-generation response at the same venue: "The Freeing of the Comics" (YouTube part 1
). While Watterson told how and why newspaper comics were (and are) dying, Kellett explained how webcomics can (and do) replace them (although not necessarily for Watterson). [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop
on Mar 11, 2011 -
Calvin & Hobbes will be put on
a U.S. postage stamp
, honoring "Sunday Funnies," along with Garfield, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, and Archie. Although there has been no end to the homages
and unlicensed materials
regarding his beloved characters, creator Bill Watterson, "the only cartoonist who resented the popularity of his own strip," has expressed his disapproval of third-party appropriation in detail
A wordy, multiple-panel strip with extended conversation and developed personalities does not condense to a coffee mug illustration without great violation to the strip's spirit. The subtleties of a multi-dimensional strip are sacrificed for the one-dimensional needs of the product.
Even if Watterson hasn't approved, nothing in the USPS committee's selection criteria
requires artist approval. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw
on Jan 6, 2010 -
The Calvin & Hobbes Extensive Strip Search
(C.H.E.S.S.) is a wonderfully obsessive database of every Watterson strip indexed by keyword & description, with each strip scanned, as well as a book & page # listing of which collection the stip appears in (and original newspaper publication date). It's wildly in violation of copywrite, but it's also very cool. and the geek in me wonders how they do the cool right-mousebutton trick when you click on the strips
posted by jonson
on Mar 2, 2004 -