Dennis the Menace has been causing trouble since 1951, when Hank Ketcham's beloved "five anna half year old" debuted in newspapers.
Ketcham was already know for his panel cartoons and illustrations when Dennis became a household name, and in this 1949 Ladies' Home Journal comic, you can see the seeds of what might become Dennis just two short years later. Keep Reading
Though it may seem like a rarity, sometimes cartoonists *do* get out from behind their desks to see the world-- and when they do, the sights they see often become inspiration for new locations in their comics. This week, I asked our cartoonists to share real-world locations that have found their way into their work. Keep Reading
Trouble in paradise? Keep Reading
This week, we're reading Retail, by Norm Feuti.
Retail is the story of the overworked staff of Grumbel's department store, one of the anchor stores in an average American shopping mall. It follows Marla, now the store manager, her regional manager Stuart, their employees, and all of their agitations and anxieties as they deal with customers, lives at home, and the ever-looming threat of their arch-nemesis, the competing department store Delman's.
Cartoons, cartoons, cartoons!
We love cartoons here at KFS-- and with good reason. From the early days of animation and pioneers like Winsor McCay, comic strips and animated cartoons have flourished side by side, and often featured the same characters! Many animated movies were inspired by characters who got their start in the funny pages, and many comic strips allowed us to explore the further adventures of our animated favorites! Keep Reading
Saturday is Earth Day, our annual reminder that there's no place like home. This week's Top Ten celebrates everybody's favorite life-bearing planet. Keep Reading
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This week, we're reading about our favorite prodigy of the comics page in The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee, by John Hambrock. Keep Reading
Today is Drop Everything and Read Day!
Many cartoonists are VORACIOUS readers-- and their tastes span the spectrum! To see what kinds of books inspire your favorite cartoonists, I asked our cartoonists to tell me what they've been reading recently.
Time to celebrate National Pet Day! Keep Reading
Science! Last week: GRRRR? YAHHH! Keep Reading
This week, we're reading Sally Forth, the classic comic strip about the irrepressible working woman, Sally, her husband Ted, their daughter, Hillary, and their friends, family, and coworkers. Written by Francesco Marciuliano and Jim Keefe, Sally Forth is a powerhouse of nerdery and the realities of being an adult in a world that never quite lets you feel like you've completely grown up. Sally Forth was created by Greg Howard in 1982. In 1999, Greg left the strip, and Francesco Marciuliano began writing Sally and her family. Jim Keefe has been drawing the strip since 2013, when he took over for Craig Macintosh. Under their stewardship, Sally Forth continues to be one of the best representatives of genuine modern-life on the comics pages. Sally is a hypercompetent, successful businesswoman who also has a fantastic, loving family-- fictional proof that a woman could do both at a time when many still challenged that idea. But that doesn't mean she doesn't have her own foibles and quirks-- from getting lost in corn mazes to eating the ears of Hillary's chocolate Easter bunny every year, Sally is lovably odd in a way that feels authentic and that leave us laughing. Ted, too, is the quintessential nerd-- he's never quite "grown up," even though, like Sally, he's had a successful career, coaches Little League, and is an altogether great dad and husband. But in spite of the veneer of respectability, Ted is very much a child at heart, who has big dreams about robot monkey armies. And Hillary is just your typical kid-- but her close relationships with her friends, Faye and Nona, are the heart of Sally Forth. Seeing the way she learns to communicate, empathize, and interact as she grows up leaves us remembering our own school days-- there's so much resonance in her friends' love for each other and in their quarrels. Jim Keefe's also keeps the characters real, with a great deal of expression in fairly simple character designs. We love the way Sally Forth mixes topical, current humor with emotions and character relationships that feel true to life, and the way it balances really well just between story strip, with ongoing plots, and the kind of gag humor that doesn't require a ton of backstory to dive right into.Read Sally Forth on Comics KingdomRead Sally Forth on SallyForth.com Keep Reading
Today is the National Day of Hope, which seems like a pretty great holiday to me. Hope is a pretty excellent thing to have. For one thing, every day, I hope to see new comics that are going to crack me up.
I asked our cartoonists to talk about hope, in honor of the day! Here are their answers. Keep Reading
Tuck yourself in with these bedtime stories from the Comics Kingdom royal library. Keep Reading
Grrrrr? Keep Reading
Today, we're giggling over Mother Goose and Grimm, by legendary cartoonist Mike Peters.
Spring's come to Lubberland Farms, so we decided to spend this week checking in on our fuzzy friends over at DeFlocked, by Jeff Corriveau.
DeFlocked follows the hijinks of a band of (sometimes) lovable misfits who come together to form a sort of ragtag family. Jeff's off-kilter brand of humor and clever characters keep it fresh and surprising. Keep Reading
It's springtime! I know I'm eager to get out and about after hibernating all winter, so I asked our cartoonists what they're looking forward to about this Spring! Keep Reading
Nothing rhymes with Orange, unless you live in a very particular region of the United States and say "door hinge" really fast. But that hasn't stopped Hilary Price from drawing one of the funniest strips in the world for over twenty years. This week, we're reading Rhymes With Orange, the four-time winner of the Silver Reuben award for best syndicated cartoon panel. Keep Reading
It's the Ides of March, which of course is a lot less tasty than yesterday (Pi Day), but of course, we all know to beware 60 of our closest friends conspiring to assassinate us today! Today, in honor of the downfall of Julius Caesar, I asked our cartoonists to talk about THEIR downfalls and weaknesses: Keep Reading
Who — or what — is Sherman's new pal? Keep Reading
Today, we're reading "Take it From the Tinkersons," by Bill Bettwy. The Tinkersons are a hapless-yet-lovable modern family-- or maybe they're lovable *because* they're hapless in so many relatable ways. Keep Reading
Comics and collecting have always gone hand in hand-- many cartoonists are also comics' biggest fans, so it's no surprise that many cartoonists have amazing collections, of things both comics-related and not. This week, I asked our cartoonists to share neat things they've collected, or comics about collecting. Let's take a peek into the weird and wonderful collections of King Features cartoonists!
What is it, boy? Keep Reading
Today, we're getting to know three of our favorite ladies-- the cast of Between Friends by Sandra Bell-Lundy! Keep Reading