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Ask A Cartoonist: Influences Beyond the Funny Pages

Creative minds get inspiration from so many places-- and cartoonists are no exception. While we've talked before about comic influences, this week, I asked our cartoonists to discuss other influences in their lives that impacted their careers in comics. Read about the art, writing, film, people, and so many more things that inspire our amazing King Features cartoonists! Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Embrace Your Geekiness Day!

It's "Embrace Your Geekiness Day," and, as a lifelong lover of comics, I'm proud to call myself a geek! My desk is riddled with figurines from all over the nerd landscape, from our own beloved characters like Krazy Kat and Tillman Tinkerson to Rey and Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Most cartoonists are definitely a little geeky-- and love it! Today, I asked our cartoonists to share their geekiest stories and comic strips in celebration! Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Museums!

All cartoonists love art-- what's not to love? And of course, when we create visual art all day, it's nice to step away from our desks and look at art that other people are creating, or learn more about history, science, and everything we miss when we're hunched over the drawing board!

This week, I asked our cartoonists to talk about their favorite museums and museum stories! Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Free Press!

Hi, all!

Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day. And while we sometimes forget that comics owe so much of what they are to the press, cartoonists and their work is intrinsically tied to the press, and issues of freedom of speech in journalism affect the creators of comics in the same ways they affect people who write news articles. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: National Poetry Month

It's National Poetry Month!

Comics have a lot in common with poetry: the way a comic strip is limited by its structure and dimensions is not all that different from a poem that follows a series of formal rules. It's no surprise, then, that lots of our cartoonists are also big fans of poetry! I asked our cartoonists to share poems they love, or times they've worked poetry into their comics. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: The Battle for Control!

Cartoonists have a unique relationship with their characters. Writing and drawing about the same people, a cartoonist lives with their creations, day in and day out. And different cartoonists approach that relationship differently. I asked our cartoonists to talk about control in cartooning: do they feel they have control of their characters, or do their characters sometimes try to take control of the comics? Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Making Connections!

Comics have always been a way to make connections: every day, millions of people all over the world read the same strips, and it makes us feel like the people behind those comics know us, and like we know them. Comics are such a great touchstone, and the connections they create for cartoonists are important, too. I asked our cartoonists about connections they've made because of their comics, or the connections their characters make in the funny papers. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: History's Mysteries

It's Presidents' Day Week here in the United States, and Presidents' Day always gets me thinking about all the great men and women of history, from civil servants to sports heroes. This week, our cartoonists shared some of their favorite historical figures with us-- and some of them sent me their own cartoons of these important folks from history. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: How Complimentary!

One of the best things about reading the comics is that we know that there are other people, all over the world, sharing the same chuckles that we are every day. And one of the most rewarding things for any creative person is to hear is how their work touches someone's life. Today, I asked the cartoonists to tell me stories about some of the best compliments they've received over the years. Keep Reading

Ask a Cartoonist: National Technology Day!

It's National Technology Day!

As someone whose job is almost entirely dependent on digital media, I've got to say that technology is pretty swell-- after all, it lets us share all of these comics with al of you every day-- I still remember having to have my relatives cut out and save the comic strips I loved that weren't printed in my local paper.

From the first mass-produced comics sections in newspapers, comics have always been improved by technological advances, and frequently share a wealth of opinions about them. I asked our cartoonists to talk about how technology has improved their ability to write and draw the comics we all love!

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