Ask a Cartoonist
Today's a very special King Features birthday-- our First Lady of Fabulous, the Booptacular Betty Boop, is celebrating her special day today!
In honor of our favorite femme fatale, I asked our cartoonists to send along their reflections and boopalicious birthday wishes to Betty.
This week, we're reading Mallard Fillmore, Bruce Tinsley's strip about a conservative quacker (no, that's not a value judgment-- I mean, literally; he's a duck) working in a liberal newsroom. Keep Reading
Every now and then, I think back twenty years to what my life was like before the internet, and I struggle to figure out what it might be like now without it! After all, I talk to all of you online every week as part of my job, and I even met my husband on the internet! For one thing, I'm pretty sure I would have far fewer friends without the internet.
I asked our cartoonists to talk about how the internet has influenced their comics and cartooning life.
This week, our cartoonists are sharing stories and pictures of their pets-- and the pets that have made their way into their comics! Keep Reading
It's "Take Yout Poet to Work Day," a day for sharing your favorite poets and poems with your colleagues. So, today, our cartoonists share their favorite poetry and their own poetic stylings with you! Keep Reading
Hi! This week, we're talking all about WEIRD stuff! I asked our cartoonists to talk about one of the WEIRDEST things they've ever done for their comics, and they obliged!
This week, we are talking about RESEARCH! Cartoonists have to write about-- and draw-- things they've never encountered before on a pretty regular basis. So I asked our cartoonists to talk about how they do their research when they encounter something they don't know. Keep Reading
It's National Selfie Day!
In honor of this very exciting and relatively new holiday, I asked all of our cartoonists to send in their favorite selfies, selfie comics, and selfie stories!
Today, we're talking about friendship!
Our friends influence us in all kinds of ways-- good and bad. This week, I asked our cartoonists to tell us about some of their favorite friends-- real and imagined-- to write and draw. Keep Reading
It's the last day of May, and Summer looms on the horizon! This week, we asked our cartoonists to tell us about their summer plans! Keep Reading
I know when I was a kid, I wanted to be a pyrotechnician...but my mom wasn't so crazy about me trying to blow things up in the kitchen. Eventually I settled on the somewhat neater but nonetheless just as explosive work of editing!
This week, I asked our cartoonists about what they wanted to be when they were kids! Keep Reading
I know it's not uncommon for me to turn on some tunes while I'm working at the King Features New York office, and I got to wondering about what kinds of music *cartoonists* listen to while they work-- if they do at all! This week, I asked our cartoonists to talk about their musical influences and what role music plays in their lives and comics! Keep Reading
We spend a lot of the time focusing on the *pictures* in comics, so today, I thought it would be fun to focus on the writing-- which is often just as important, and sometimes moreso, than the images that accompany it. I asked our cartoonists to talk a little bit about some of their favorite words and the way they use words in their cartooning! Keep Reading
Though it may seem like a rarity, sometimes cartoonists *do* get out from behind their desks to see the world-- and when they do, the sights they see often become inspiration for new locations in their comics. This week, I asked our cartoonists to share real-world locations that have found their way into their work. Keep Reading
Cartoons, cartoons, cartoons!
We love cartoons here at KFS-- and with good reason. From the early days of animation and pioneers like Winsor McCay, comic strips and animated cartoons have flourished side by side, and often featured the same characters! Many animated movies were inspired by characters who got their start in the funny pages, and many comic strips allowed us to explore the further adventures of our animated favorites! Keep Reading
Today is Drop Everything and Read Day!
Many cartoonists are VORACIOUS readers-- and their tastes span the spectrum! To see what kinds of books inspire your favorite cartoonists, I asked our cartoonists to tell me what they've been reading recently.
Today is the National Day of Hope, which seems like a pretty great holiday to me. Hope is a pretty excellent thing to have. For one thing, every day, I hope to see new comics that are going to crack me up.
I asked our cartoonists to talk about hope, in honor of the day! Here are their answers. Keep Reading
It's springtime! I know I'm eager to get out and about after hibernating all winter, so I asked our cartoonists what they're looking forward to about this Spring! Keep Reading
It's the Ides of March, which of course is a lot less tasty than yesterday (Pi Day), but of course, we all know to beware 60 of our closest friends conspiring to assassinate us today! Today, in honor of the downfall of Julius Caesar, I asked our cartoonists to talk about THEIR downfalls and weaknesses: Keep Reading
Comics and collecting have always gone hand in hand-- many cartoonists are also comics' biggest fans, so it's no surprise that many cartoonists have amazing collections, of things both comics-related and not. This week, I asked our cartoonists to share neat things they've collected, or comics about collecting. Let's take a peek into the weird and wonderful collections of King Features cartoonists!
Happy Women's History Month, all!
Women have been an important part of cartooning since the early days of the comics pages brought us cartoonists like Rose O'Neill and Grace Drayton. Today, the contributions of women in comics are undeniable: our very own Terri Libenson, of The Pajama Diaries, won the Silver Reuben for Best Comic Strip last year, Hilary Price of Rhymes With Orange won the 2014 award for Best Comic Panel, and Isabella Bannerman of Six Chix won for best strip of 2013. Keep Reading
This question comes from Kevin, AKA @cambridge73 on Twitter, who asked us to find out how some of his favorite comic strips are drawn. I asked all of our cartoonists if they wouldn't mind telling me more about how they draw their comics-- and here are the answers! Keep Reading
Some of my earliest crushes came out of the pages of my favorite comics. When I was a kid, I wanted to go adventuring with Prince Valiant, and the girls of Apartment 3-G were my idea of peak glamour. So, with Valentine's Day on my mind, this week, I asked the cartoonists who THEIR comics Valentines would be! Keep Reading
Everybody makes mistakes-- even our favorite cartoonists and characters. This week, I asked everyone to share some of their best stories about mistakes! Keep Reading
Happy February, everyone!
Boy oh boy! There's a blizzard brewing here at our New York offices and I'm getting a little stir-crazy. It's that time of year-- when it's been winter for juuuust a little bit too long. I asked our cartoonists for their own experiences-- and cures for-- cabin fever and winter blues.