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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

Ask A Cartoonist: Fan Fare

Comics Kingdom reader Timothy Fisher asked the question "What's the weirdest question a fan has ever asked you?"

Our cartoonists receive a ton of interesting fan mail, and field lots of zany questions from fans. I extended the topic and asked cartoonists to tell us either about their favorite or weirdest fan mails or questions: Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: A Fine Vintage

One of the most popular features on Comics Kingdom Royal is the vintage selection-- and with good reason. When I first started working at King Features, I wouldn’t leave at lunch-- I would just sit at my desk and page through the amazing vintage comics-- lots of Quincy, Heart of Juliet Jones, Little Iodine, and Krazy Kat for me! And of course, Flash Gordon. As a kid, I had a load of Flash Gordon serials on video, and they were one of my favorite things to watch. So, in honor of Flash’s birthday yesterday, I decided to ask our cartoonists about their favorite vintage comics! Keep Reading

Ask A Cartoonist: New Year's Edition!

Whew! 2014 is here at last. My personal resolutions involve cleaning my desk…mmm…maybe cleaning this one-foot square of my desk; that's okay, right?

I hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve and that your 2014 is off to a bright and shiny start.

For this week's "Ask A Cartoonist," we asked our cartoonists to chime in with some thoughts about the New Year. Keep Reading

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