It Is What It Is
"If you notice a guard at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis suddenly balancing on one foot or striking a yoga pose, it’s probably just Todd Balthazor limbering up. “I’m stretching all the time,” he said. “You have to do that, or else you are going to stiffen up. We have some elderly workers, and they just walk like trees.” [...] In the strip, “It Is What It Is,” Mr. Balthazor frequently aims graphic barbs at museum guests, like the “photo bomber,” who poses in front of large paintings without considering the art. “They look at it like, ‘This is going to be a great backdrop for my Facebook profile,’ ” Mr. Balthazor said." [more inside]
posted by xicana63
on Nov 14, 2013 -
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.
posted by oneswellfoop
on Aug 17, 2012 -
James Killian Spratt
is a sculptor
and Edgar Rice Burroughs fan
who, in addition to sculpting pieces
for the Barsoomian board game Jetan
, has created an illustrated adaptation of the first book in the Barsoom series, A Princess of Mars
: "The characters are highly underclad, yet oblivious to it; it's their normal way, and they don't see much naughty or titillating about it. The men are men and the women are women and blood is red and scary. I set out to be honest with the nudity and violence, and the devil take Pollyanna, she needs to grow up anyway.
" The on-going graphic interpretation, begun in 2000, is presently on chapter 21 of the 28 chapter book. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand
on Mar 9, 2012 -
, the best comic strip ever? Close but no cigar. Pogo? Peanuts? Calvin
? Good choices all, but still wrong. Krazy Kat
you say? Again I shake my head sadly, friend. For Mr. Dave Astor has finally stepped forward to settle this debate once and for all. The greatest comic strip ever appearing on newsprint? Why, it's For Better or For Worse
of course. Let the debate begin.
posted by ktoad
on Aug 22, 2006 -
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.
posted by zoogleplex
on Aug 2, 2004 -
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.
posted by mathowie
on Dec 4, 2003 -
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.
posted by hughbot
on Apr 23, 2003 -
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.)
posted by Shane
on Dec 6, 2002 -
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.
posted by Settle
on Apr 17, 2002 -
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.
posted by badstone
on Nov 9, 2001 -
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...
posted by hincandenza
on Nov 1, 2001 -
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
posted by mcsweetie
on Oct 27, 2001 -
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.
posted by eclectic glamazon
on Oct 12, 2001 -
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?
posted by sandor
on Sep 24, 2001 -
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.
posted by ZachsMind
on Dec 22, 2000 -