Ask a Cartoonist
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.
With Comic-Con buzz in the air, it's the time of year for meeting our favorite cartoonists! So I asked our cartoonists to tell me about a memorable meeting with a fan! Keep Reading
Welcome back to the Comics Kingdom Blog! I'm your Comic Strip Critic, and we're halfway through my week hosting here on the Blog. I've actually had the chance to ask cartoonists some questions before on my show.
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
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
Well, we've celebrated animal-themed days and food-themed day and career-themed days, but today pretty much takes the cake-- it's International Panic Day!
(Ready to panic? On three..) Keep Reading
My dad is the person who introduced me to comics: every Sunday, sitting on the floor of our living room, reading the comics was a family tradition. With Father's Day coming up, I asked our cartoonists to share some of their memories of dads-- real ones and cartoon ones!
It's National "Hug Your Cat Day!"
I thought it would be fun to check in with the cartoonists and find out about their favorite pets-- real and fictional. So today we're going to hear about their favorite pet memories. Keep Reading
Every Memorial Day Weekend, comics luminaries from around the globe get together for the annual Reubens Weekend, a weekend of events and activities for members of the National Cartoonists Society, culminating in the prestigious Reuben Awards. Keep Reading
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
We're fast approaching graduation season! So while students across the country are donning their caps and gowns, I decided to ask our cartoonists for their best advice to pass along to graduates! Keep Reading
So, Monday was National Cartoonists' Day; today is Teacher Appreciation Day, because obviously those teachers had to put up with a lot of rowdy cartoonists earlier in the week, oops!
I asked our cartoonists to share stories about their favorite teachers today. Keep Reading
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
As we all know, yesterday was Earth Day, one of our favorite days here at King Features. So, of course, today, I've asked our cartoonists to fill us in on what they (and their characters) do to celebrate Earth Day and to celebrate the Earth year-round! Keep Reading
Hey, Team Comics Kingdom!
Did all the US residents get their taxes in on time? Appropriately enough, the day after Tax Day is…NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY.
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
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
Happy National Spinach Day!
Did you know that was a holiday? I had no idea-- until it popped up on my calendar, and naturally, when you work for King Features, there's only one think National Spinach Day could possibly mean: It's time to talk about Popeye!
Spring is, as the old saying goes, just around the corner-- at least, we're pretty sure it is, as long as the Polar Vortex isn't a wormhole into a frosty dimension with longer winters than Game of Thrones...and I'm extremely excited about the possibility of no longer wearing three coats to work.
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
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
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
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
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
It's been a sporty week here on Comics Kingdom-- sandwiched between a Super Bowl on Sunday and the Winter Olympics beginning Friday. So this week, we asked our cartoonists the following question:
Choose any one of your characters to appear in the Olympic Games: what sport would they play? Keep Reading