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Ask A Cartoonist: The Sporting Life!

With the Olympics drawing to a close, we all need some new sporting entertainment!

I think it's easy to get an image in our heads of cartoonists as indoors-types, hunched over a drawing table, so this week, I asked our cartoonists to tell us about their own athletic interests. Whether competitive sports or solitary activities, sports they play or sports they watch-- or even sports their characters play-- sports are a big part of lots of cartoonists' lives!
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Ask A Cartoonist: Jokers!

Cartoonists are funny people-- you have to be, to produce a comic strip every day! This week, I asked our cartoonists to take their humor outside the strip, and tell me about their favorite jokes that aren't reliant on a comic format for a laugh-- whether they're stand-up comedy, sight gags, or good old knock-knocks, here are the best-- and worst-- jokes from our cartoonists! Keep Reading

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

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