Comics

Feature Spotlight: Blondie

Category: Comics

This week, we're reading Blondie, by Dean Young and John Marshall

Not many people know the not-so-humble origins of Blondie, a bold young flapper who fell in love with billionaire heir and playboy Dagwood Bumstead in the comic strip originated by Dean's father, Chic Young. When the two got married in 1933, Dagwood's father disowned his son and left them to their own devices. Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Mutts

Category: Comics

This week, we're reading Mutts, by Patrick McDonnell. Mutts came to the newspaper pages in 1994, and was an instant classic. With a deep love of comics art and history, Patrick draws from the greats of yesteryear-- masters like Winsor McCay and George Herriman-- and combines that love with his abiding love for the furry, the feathered, and the scaly, to create the quintessential comic for any animal aficionado. Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: The Pajama Diaries

Category: Comics

This week, we're reading The Pajama Diaries by Terri Libenson.

Terri is a celebrated longtime illustrator and recently-published author of the middle grades graphic novel Invisible Emmie who first got into the syndicated comic game in 2000 with her weekly strip, Got a Life. In 2006, she launched The Pajama Diaries, which won the Silver Reuben for Best Newspaper Strip in 2016. Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Zippy The Pinhead

Category: Comics

The first time I saw Zippy the Pinhead, I was a college student, and my wise-to-the-world-of-underground-comics friend was introducing me to the iconic pinhead in his unmistakeable polka-dotted coat.

Bill Griffith has been bringing Zippy's brand of absurdity to the masses since 1970, and there is often nothing better for restoring faith in the nonsense that is this world than taking a moment to read today's Zippy cartoon. Keep Reading

Feature Spotlight: Sherman's Lagoon

Category: Comics

This week, we're reading Sherman's Lagoon, by Jim Toomey.

When you picture a shark, it probably doesn't look like Sherman. Lazy, hapless, slow, and somewhat anxious, Sherman has little in common with his quick, lithe nonfictional cousins apart from his massive appetite. But for some reason, we can't stop rooting for him when he's out hunting sunbathers.
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Feature Spotlight: Buckles

Category: Comics

This week, we're reading Buckles by David Gilbert.

Buckles is the story of a sweet, playful, and sometimes anxious dog whose role in his family is more of "child" than dog. He's the furry charge of Paul and Jill, his "owners" who do their best to parent their pet.

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Feature Spotlight: Dustin

Category: Comics

This week, we're reading Dustin, by Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker.

In the midst of the Great Recession, Steve and Jeff, two celebrated editorial cartoonists, wanted to explore more closely the way the economy was affecting American families. With more young adults moving back home after college, and more formerly full-time jobs moving to contract work, the "traditional" models for family and employment were changing, especially for millennials. But that story took more space to tell than a few editorial cartoons would permit.

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