"What a bizarre day. I'm sitting here watching my email fill up with message after message from people
from so many different times and places of my life, all congratulating me for the astonishing good fortune of receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Not to mention a flurry of texts and tweets, and I haven't had the energy to even look at Facebook." Cartoonist and Graphic Memoirist Alison Bechdel (previously on MetaFilter: 1
) has won
MacArthur Genuis grant, giving her the opportunity to dig into her archives for a previous comic she drew in 2004
to conclude her reaction blog post
. [more inside]
Cul de Sac, (previously)
generally considered the best newspaper comic strip of recent years (and which may be the last great newspaper comic strip) will end next month
, due to the worsening Parkinson's of creator Richard Thompson. His illness had previously motivated an impressive artistic show of support
from all kinds of comics artists (newspaper strips, editorial cartoons, magazine illustrations, webcomics and one guy who hadn't done much lately) (previously)
I, for one, hope he gets to spend some time hanging out with Bill W.
The Zippy the Pinhead Archive: Are We Having Searchable Fun Yet?
lets you search through many years of Zippy
daily comic strips by keyword or date, from January 1, 1994
to the near-present
. Sundays included
. The Roadside Tour
lets you search to see if Zippy's been in your part
of the world
Japes for Owre Tymes
is a blog that translates one newspaper comic strip a day into Middle English. "Why? Because it can..." If you want to try reading the translated strips but need a bit of help here's a Middle English dictionary
is a collection of old comics. And I mean old, some from the early years of the 20th Century. There are strips from artists such as George Herriman
, Rube Goldberg
, Basil Wolverton
and Gustave Verbeek
. It has such strips as Katzenjammer Kids
, Little Orphan Annie
and Count Screwloose
. Warning: Some of these comics feature racial caricatures, as was the unfortunate norm when the strips were drawn. Here is the collector, Steven Stwalley, on Race and Ethnicity in the Early Comics
. [via Eddie Campbell]
The Katzenjammer Kids*
are 110 years old this month, the world's longest running comic
. Watch 1918's Policy & Pie
), rare animation by creator Rudolph Dirks
who lost the strip to William Randolph Hearst in a court case. The strip was taken over by Harold H. Knerr
, but Dirks retained rights to the characters and produced a rival cartoon under The Captain & the Kids
for Pulitzer papers for several decades. Five artists
followed Dirks and Knerr creating the strip for Hearst.
Starting last month
, the comic-strip site Humorous Maximus has been re-running (with his estate's permission) Milton Caniff's classic daily strip.
was a British TV and comics magazine that featured interviews, crosswords, etc. Of interest to those of us raised raised on 70s and 80s television, there was a wealth of gorgeously-rendered licensed comics material
inside. These strips included Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
, Space: 1999
, and Terrahawks
A month of the venerable, slow moving comic Mary Worth,
precisely acted out by fans. Requires QT. via the equally venerable, slow moving memepool.
I know Duke was based on him, but i was expecting...oh i dont know...a little nicer?
Scott Kurtz throws down the gauntlet.
The mighty creator of PvP
offers any newspaper the opportunity to include his fine and funny comic strip on their comics pages absolutely FREE OF CHARGE,
, thus totally destroying the aging and now ineffective syndicated cartoon business model. Check out his theory on why the syndicates are goin' down, soon, and the background behind his decision to challenge them on their home turf.
When I was in college in the early 90s (B.W. -- before web), I used to subscribe to the daily newspaper just to get my comics fix every morning (back when Bill Waterson, Gary Larson, and Berkeley Breathed were king). Then the web came along and I had to suffer through the only (unfunny) cartoonist
to embrace the web. But not anymore. With stuff like Comics-via-RSS
I can fire up an app and start laughing every morning. I doubt I ever buy a newspaper again for the funny pages, and on top of that, these even let me avoid the lame ones
I don't care about.
Garfield turns 25
this week. 25 years of comic strips, none of which were even remotely funny
. Why do the great comics, like this
or even this
, disappear from our newspapers, while drivel like Garfield thrives? Some people even love Garfield
. The rest of us just want to see him burn
everyone's favorite gamegeek comic strip(well, not everyone's
, but mine) is facing legal action over a recent strip they did, parodying Strawberry Shortcake. It seems American Greetings
owner of such 80s icons as Popples and the aforementioned Shortcake, don't take too kindly to folks using their precious nostalgia.
the offending cartoon.
A simple, absolutely perfect short comic
about musician/artist/music producer Brian Eno
(by cartoonist Tom Hart
). If this puts you in the mood, why not draw wisdom from one of Eno's (and artist Paul Schmidt's) Oblique Strategies
. Click (or refresh if clicking doesn't work)
for a new aphorism, like shuffling a Tarot deck and drawing a new card. "Honour thy error as a hidden intention" is one of my favorites. (More inside for anyone still interested.)
Which Jerkcity Character are you?
The personality test to end all others. PLUS: although it only has a few entries so far, rands' blog is looking really great
. In case you didn't know, Jerkcity
is a daily comic strip enjoyed by all the cool people on the internet, similar to the weekly Hotendotey
(a comic strip by Ecco the cat, who "does anal") but with more mechanical production, more Perl/TCL jokes, and more references to hlauaghaghgah. Please note that you cannot be 1337 if you like RedMeat. This post is dedicated to Quonsar The Magnificent and all other truly 1337 mefiers willing to stand up for what is right. Remember: argument's are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
This may be too New England-centric for some
but it's kept me amused all morning. Comic strips that are about the Red Sox, Fidel Castro and rampaging monsters.
There's also a truly bizarre Billy Bragg fan fiction
Scott Adams has a new comic. His words:
"...it 's an engineered comic strip devoid of any artistic integrity whatsoever." It's a Dilvert spinoff set in Elbonia that he started over the summer. Now he's shelving it due to the resemblance between Elbonians and a certain nation we're at war with right now.
Tiny Sepuku: Relationship advice column meets "Hello Kitty".
It's funny cuz it's true!!! Tiny Sepuku is Ken Cursoe's brilliant, sometimes bitter, and always
bitingly funny advice column/ comic strip. I became a loyal reader when it was syndicated by the Seattle Weekly
a few months ago, but it seems that Ken has been churning out these nuggets of wry insight, which so perfectly capture the almost comical absurdity of dating in these modern times, since waaay
back in '97. He now has a website where you can indulge yourself in all that archived "Sepuku" goodness...
The Official Berkely Breathed Website.
remember Bloom County? Outland? when I was younger, Breathed and Waterson
were definitely my favorite "strippers" (I even had the Bloom County screen saver pack!) although I was only about 12 at the time, I do recall being pretty put-out when Outland was retired. does anyone else feel the pleasant tingle of familiarity when you see Bill the Cat or Opus on a greeting card? (if you're not too familiar with Berke's works, check out some of his favorite strips
Apparently Newsday and NY's Daily News has pulled 'The Boondocks' cartoons because they may be... eh... too controversial? Perhaps "unamerican" to some? I understand these are difficult times where everyone feels vulnerable and suspicious, but nonetheless, the issues are worth addressing. Does expressing one's views and dissatisfaction with the government make you automatically unsymapthetic and unpatriotic? I can't pretend to understand what it's like to be a New Yorker over this last month, but I do think I would like to hear all perspectives, regardless of how potentially offensive or analytically critical they were.
Daily comic strips have started to react to the attacks. The only two I noticed in today's paper were Fox Trot
and The Boondocks
. Their tones are, predictably, somber. The one comic I'd expect to have something to say, Doonesbury
, is still stuck on an older storyline. Have other strips referenced September 11?
The truth about Fight Club.
actually an updating of popular comic strip?
(Major spoilers for the movie, if you haven't seen it.)
AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO!
It's getting increasingly more and more difficult to find decent Bloom County
fan links. Like the rest of the 'Net, they're being replaced with ebay clones and page cannot be found
errors instead of actual content oriented sites paying homage and tribute to... I know. Berke Breathed
quit several years go. I should be able to just let it go. So I'm nostalgic, so sue me. I started looking for links that weren't broken, and came across... Who the heck is Lee Vasche
"Excuse him.. he's had too many Shirley Temple Cocktails." --Portnoy.
From your local K-mart comes this exercise in futility.