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Ask a Cartoonist: Family Stories

Summer is great for spending time with our families-- I had a great time visiting my grandparents with my mom and dad earlier this month.

My dad was definitely the person who most encouraged my comics habit when I was a little kid-- and his stepmother always had a refrigerator covered with Family Circus cartoons. My mom's parents-- the ones I visited-- used to clip and save all the comics that didn't show up in my own local paper, which is how I read Prince Valiant as a child.

This week, I asked our cartoonists to tell us a story about their family-- or a family in their comics.

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Ask a Cartoonist: Geeking Out

Okay. So, to have a job in comics, you have to be a little bit of a geek, right?

I know I am, unabashedly so-- and I'm getting to be more of one as I get older. Funny story: about a year ago, I went to a talk on one of my favorite comic books, to listen to some world-renowned experts talk about the history of the comic, and at one point in the talk, a fan asked a question. The experts on the panel chatted amongst themselves for a minute, then looked out into the audience and said, "Tea, could you answer that?"

I'd mean it as more of a brag, but gosh, I have a lot of brainspace dedicated to comic trivia. (Probably only about a quarter of what the Archivist does, though!) Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Hair, There, and Everywhere

It's National Beauticians' Day, so remember to give your hairdresser a hug (my mom gave me my last haircut, awwww) when you're done reading this!

Hair is one of my favorite things to draw. I have super curly hair, so I spent a LOT of my childhood drawing squigglies on self-portraits. Once I started learning about dimensionality in art, hair was one of the first things I learned how to shade-- it was the 80s, and I spent a lot of time trying to make my ponytails look EXTRA POUFY.

Today, some of the Comics Kingdom cartoonist chimed in about drawing hair and about their favorite cartoon hairstyles! Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Odd Jobs

Today is National Waiter and Waitress Day! I've never worked as a waitress, but I have worked as a bartender, and I know what a thankless job it is to wait tables.

We've all had those jobs we've done either for love or money or just out of desperation, so today I asked the cartoonists to talk about their oddest job experiences before or even during their cartooning careers-- or to talk about some of their characters' jobs! Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: National Honesty Day!

Today is National Honesty Day!

Honesty is a great theme in comics-- after all, how many great punchlines are the result of a little white lie-- or a big freaking whopper? And there are always those great characters who can't manage not to tell the truth when it might be better to keep their mouths shut.

Today, I asked our cartoonists to share something they wouldn't normally reveal-- about themselves, or about a character! Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Extracurricular Activities

Writing and drawing a comic strip can be a time-consuming effort when you have to have a new cartoon every day, but so many of our cartoonists manage to meet their deadlines and find time to take part in their own personal creative endeavors. This week, I asked our cartoonists what kinds of hobbies and creative outlets they're interested in when they aren't cartooning. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: April Fools' Day

Hi, all!

Sad news: our scratch n' sniff comics feature had to be removed from the site, as we've been informed it was severely slowing down page loads and causing allergic reactions.

We hope you survived April Fools' day intact! This week, I asked cartoonists to share some of their favorite pranks-- ones they've played, ones people have played on them, and ones featured in their comics. Keep Reading

Ask a Cartoonist: Remembering Jay Kennedy

Before my time here at King Features, we had a wonderful and much-beloved Editor-in-Chief named Jay Kennedy, whom some of you may remember, but others may not. He worked here from 1988 until 2007, and had a huge influence on so many cartoonists, by those who are syndicated here, but also by many outside of King Features.

This week, we asked cartoonists to share some of their memories of him. Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: International Women's Day!

Saturday is International Women's Day, an important day to celebrate the accomplishments of women everywhere.

As a woman who works in comics, female cartoonists and characters have always been an inspiration to me. As a little girl, I played with paper dolls drawn by Grace Drayton (of the Campbell's Soup Kids fame), and when I got a little older, I remember being mystified by the very "grown up" plots of Brenda Starr and Apartment 3-G…and then moved on to trying to sneak peeks at cartoonists like Lynda Barry, whose work was even more "grown up." Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Where in the World?

Here in New York, we had this lovely hint of warmer weather this weekend followed by a dip into more Arctic temperatures that have left me with one heck of a case of cabin fever. Being around comics all day is swell and all, but when it's gotten so cold I have to burn them for fuel, I start fantasizing about all the warmer places I could be... Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: Tool of the Trade

If you ask a dozen cartoonists to describe the methods they use to write and draw their comics, you'll wind up with...well, a dozen different descriptions. As somebody who loves to write and draw, myself, I love hearing about how the pros do it-- it's how I discovered my favorite pen nib, my favorite brand of marker, and my favorite writing software.

So, this week, I asked our cartoonists to share their favorite, most essential tools for writing or drawing! Keep Reading

Ask a Cartoonist: Valentines Greetings!

Ahh, love is in the air...or, in my case, the scent of chocolate-covered raspberry-flavored marshmallow Peep hearts is in the air-- man, I've eaten too many of those for my own good.

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is a day that tends to inspire strong emotions, so today, I asked our cartoonists to send along their Valentine greetings or a favorite Valentine's strip of years past! Keep Reading

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