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News Around the Kingdom: WORLD OCEANS DAY, THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR AND TATTOOS

Hello, Royal Readers,

This week, we are pleased to share the publication of an interview with ARCTIC CIRCLE cartoonist Alex Hallett. It appeared yesterday, Thursday, June 8, which was World Oceans Day, in Michael Cavna's online column, "Comic Riffs," in The Washington Post.

Alex is passionate about the environment and marine life, so her commentary in the article and samples of her work that accompanied it were a perfect salute to conservation of marine life. What a great way to celebrate almost a decade of drawing her strip.

We'll celebrate your actual anniversary again in August, Alex! To check out Michael Cavna's interview, click here.

Arctic Circle by Alex Hallatt
Arctic Circle by Alex Hallatt

In other news,

A reminder for fans anywhere near Glasgow, Va.: SNUFFY SMITH cartoonist John Rose will be giving a Snuffy Chalk Talk at the Glasgow Public Library there on Monday, June 12 at 6:00 P.M.  

 SNUFFY SMITH Chalk Talk at Glasgow (VA) Public Library
SNUFFY SMITH Chalk Talk at Glasgow (VA) Public Library

In his ongoing Timeline series, Brian Walker looks back at a Beetle Bailey Sunday page from 1964. It is the only time the Viet Nam is actually mentioned in the strip during the entire 10 years of U.S. involvement in the war. Find out why that was in his blog post.

 Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 29, 1964.
Beetle Bailey Sunday page color proof, November 29, 1964.

Meanwhile, over in Hi and Lois this week, Brian looks back to the 1964 New York World's Fair whose pavilions, restaurants and attractions captivated the more than 51 million visitors who came to experience it all. As art mirrors life, that included the Flagston Family. But check out the Fair from Trixie's perspective!

 Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, October 18, 1964.
Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, October 18, 1964.

Last week, INTELLIGENT LIFE cartoonist David Reddick allowed us to peek into his Sketchbook for a first look at an upcoming strip. This week, the strip was published. Check it out!

INTELLIGENT LIFE sketch
INTELLIGENT LIFE sketch
INTELLIGENT LIFE - the strip it became part of
INTELLIGENT LIFE - the strip last week's sketch became part of

And finally, in his always-hilariousBIZARRO blog, Dan Piraro provides a primer for the uninitiate about the "secret symbols" in his comics, shares some personal background,
including a story about one of his tattoos, and relates all this to his penchant for putting Mr. Potato Head into his cartoons.

Bizarro Tattoos
Bizarro Tattoos

 Oh. And the Trojan War and yoga are referenced, too. Huh? Well...
You just gotta check out the blog!

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

Have a great week and see you again next Friday!



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