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Ask A Cartoonist: Sibling Revelry

It's National Brothers and Sisters Day!

Gosh, siblings. Those are those people who tried to steal the Sunday comics pages from you every morning when you were a kid, right?

Love 'em or hate 'em, siblings pay an important part in everyone's lives. So, this week, I asked our cartoonists to share stories about siblings-- their own, or their favorite cartoon siblings. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: What We've Learned from Krazy Kat

George Herriman, the creator of Krazy Kat, died today in 1944. Krazy Kat is an absolute treasure of a comic, and everyone here at Comics Kingdom is so proud that it is part of our heritage-- famously beloved by William Randolph Hearst himself, Krazy Kat graced the comic pages from his inception in the bottom margins of The Dingbat Family until Herriman's death.

George Herriman's work inspired and touched the lives of so many cartoonists that we decided to spend some time today remembering Herriman's legacy and the impact he had on all of us. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Library Stories

It's National School Librarians Day!

I know that when I was a kid, I loved to hide in between the shelves in my school library and read comics in the back of magazines. It's one of the first places where I got to read comics that weren't in my hometown paper.

Libraries are fantastic places for anyone who loves to read, so in honor of school librarians everywhere, I've asked our cartoonists to share their favorite library stories, memories, and comics.
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Ask A Cartoonist: Hope

Sometimes, it's easy to let the doldrums close in on you, and to focus on the negative. One of the great things about comics is that the can provide a little bit of a pick-me-up even on an otherwise gray day. Today is National Day of Hope, so I've asked our cartoonists what they're hopeful for, or what makes them hopeful. Here are their responses. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Picture Books!

Today is Children's Picture Book Day!

Picture book illustration and cartooning have a lot in common-- many cartoonists illustrate picture books, and vice versa. So, today, I asked our cartoonists to talk about picture books-- what are some of their favorites, what are their feelings about pictures books, and maybe even, what picture books do THEY have in the works? Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Setting the President!

Happy Presidents' Week!

So, I was saddened to find out that Presidents' week is not, as I believed, the week when we ALL get to be President. I had some cool executive orders I wanted to sign!

Instead, in celebration of all the Presidents of the United States who've come before, I asked our cartoonists to share some of their favorite Presidential tidbits. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Why, Where Did You Get That Lovely Blouse?

Hi, there! It's National Compliment Day, so it seems like a good day to tell you all that there isn't a better group of comics fans anywhere!

In the spirit of the day, I've asked our AMAZING, splendid, superlative cartoonists to tell us stories about compliments-- compliments they've paid, compliments they've been paid, and compliments that they've used in their comics. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Poor Richard's Birthday!

Wow! It's Benjamin Franklin's birthday! Apart from being one of the founders of our country, Benjamin Franklin is still very much beloved as an inventor and writer known for his wit and humor. So, of course, in honor of one of our comic forefathers, I asked our cartoonists to share some of their inventions-- worthy of Benjamin Franklin-- with us today.

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Ask A Cartoonist: Biff! BAM! ...splat?

Happy New Year!

This week, we're talking about sound effects!

Sound effects are such an ubiquitous part of comic art and history that we can't imagine comics without them-- and big, bold, brightly-colored graphic sound effects often make their way into television and movies when people want to evoke a "comic-like" feel. But they're an artform unto themselves that plays a necessary role in comics and wouldn't exist if it weren't for the need to be able to illustrate a noise-- loud or quiet-- without sound! Keep Reading

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