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News Around the Kingdom: Advice To A Young Cartoonist

Greetings Our Regal Royals!

Today is Friday the 13th … a good day to revisit and re-read this week’s Top Ten Comics on Superstitions and Lucky Charms!

On a more somber note, Comics Kingdom is deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of longtime MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN cartoonist Fred Fredericks. Upon his retirement from the strip in 2013, Mr. Fredericks was the subject of a beautiful tribute post on by The Archivist. We encourage our loyal Royals to read more about Mr. Fredericks’ career and contributions here.

photo of cartoonist Fred Fredericks (1926-2015)
Fred Fredericks (1926-2015)

Next week, Comics Kingdom welcomes guest blogger Kurt J, Kolka, cartoonist and author of “Bullying Is No Laughing Matter.”  Also, “Take It From The Tinkersons” will feature a weeklong series on how Tillman handles a bully who is bothering him at school. 

In other news …

Jim Borgman (“Zits”) offers advice to a young cartoonist

Mike Peters’ paid tribute to 120 years of comic history a character-filled “Mother Goose and Grimm” featuring “The Yellow Kid” entitled “First Comic Standing” …

Mother Goose and Grimm, March 2, 2015
Mother Goose and Grimm, March 2, 2015

This week, Alex Hallatt talks about what inspired this week’s “Arctic Circle” series featuring ground squirrels and the climate change damage they are blamed for causing …

John Rose (“Barney Google and Snuffy Smith”) will be doing a “Snuffy Smith” Chalk Talk and book signing at the Public Library in Mount Airy, N.C., also known as “Mayberry, N.C.” since it is the hometown of Andy Griffith and was the inspiration for the town of Mayberry on “The Andy Griffith Show” ...


Dan Piraro (“Bizarro”) settles a debate on whether or not he is a sports fan …

Ever wonder what Ed Kudlick, the father in “Dustin,” looked like in high school. Fans can see a rough sketch of Ed’s yearbook graduation photo drawn by Jeff Parker, which will appear in an upcoming Sunday comic …

Brian Walker (“Hi & Lois”) provides the interesting history of Daylight Savings Time in his “Spring Forward” blog post …

Bill Bettwy reminded “Take It From The Tinkersons” fans to set their clocks ahead with animation of Tillman reacting to Daylight Savings Time …

Finally, Terri Libenson and Jill Kaplan, the matriarch of “The Pajama Diaries,” are preparing for another Bat Mitzvah in the fall.

Thanks for catching up on this week's News Around the Kingdom.

See you next Friday. Have a great week!

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