I'm on vacation, so I'll see you again next week with more Feature Spotlights! Happy 4th! Keep Reading
This week, we are talking about RESEARCH! Cartoonists have to write about-- and draw-- things they've never encountered before on a pretty regular basis. So I asked our cartoonists to talk about how they do their research when they encounter something they don't know. Keep Reading
Moose! Noooooo! Keep Reading
This week we're reading Zits, by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman.
Zits is the story of Jeremy Duncan, a seventeen-year-old high school junior, who lives with his mom and dad, Connie and Walt, and dreams of making it big as a rock star with his band, Goat Cheese Pizza. But, like many teenagers, schoolwork, slacking, dating, and a messy room often get in the way of his aspirations.
JAPANESE MONSTER THEME PARK! Keep Reading
This week's spotlight is on Mark Trail, by James Allen.
Mark Trail dates back to 1946, long before environmentalism was a hotbutton issue in the news every day. Ed Dodd, Mark Trail's creator, was a US National Parks guide. Inspired by parks ranger and nature journalist Charles Elliott, Dodd created Mark to be both a scholar of natural science and an outdoor adventurer. The Sunday strips were originally drawn by Tom Hill, a nature artist.
This week’s top ten is all about grandfathers!
Cue the Barry White ... Keep Reading
School's out-- or almost out-- for the summer! So what better time to read Slylock Fox and Comics for Kids, Bob Weber Jr.'s always-entertaining-- and enlightening-- comic strip for kids of all ages? Keep Reading
Today, we're talking about friendship!
Our friends influence us in all kinds of ways-- good and bad. This week, I asked our cartoonists to tell us about some of their favorite friends-- real and imagined-- to write and draw. Keep Reading
Ah, the mating call of the modern geek girl ... Keep Reading
Every Memorial Day, we remember the sacrifices of those who have lost their lives in service of the United States of America.
Here at King Features, we have a number of cartoonists who have served in the Armed Forces, but perhaps none is better known than Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey. Keep Reading
It's the last day of May, and Summer looms on the horizon! This week, we asked our cartoonists to tell us about their summer plans! Keep Reading
Those four little words no dog wants to hear. Keep Reading
This week's spotlight is on Tina's Groove by Rina Piccolo.
Rina is one of the funniest people writing comics-- and before she became a cartoonist, she did her fair share of time working in restaurants, an experience that she uses to craft the ups & downs of Tina, the intrepid heroine of Tina's Groove. Keep Reading
It's that very special time of year when all that hard work pays off-- congratulations graduates on getting your degrees! Whether you're finishing high school, college, or a postgrad program, you deserve to be proud of yourself! This week, I asked our cartoonists to celebrate graduation-- and to impart a little advice or well-wishes, if they had them! Keep Reading
Good ol' Stripe. Keep Reading
Just as schools across the country begin to let out, we're feeling really into Baby Blues, by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott.
Baby Blues is a look at life with the MacPherson clan-- Darryl, Wanda, Zoe, Hamish ("Hammie") and Wren. When Baby Blues began in 1990, Wanda and Darryl were just on the precipice of having their first child: a daughter, Zoe. The family has gotten larger over the years, and now, Baby Blues catches all the frustration and humor of many stages of parenthood. Keep Reading
I know when I was a kid, I wanted to be a pyrotechnician...but my mom wasn't so crazy about me trying to blow things up in the kitchen. Eventually I settled on the somewhat neater but nonetheless just as explosive work of editing!
This week, I asked our cartoonists about what they wanted to be when they were kids! Keep Reading
May is both Barbecue Month and Hamburger Month, so you know what to do.
A vegetarian's nightmare. Keep Reading
We learn, as adults, that families come in all shapes and sizes. In spite of the more traditional idea that a family should be a married couple with children, we all know people who make families that look very different, and are just as happy and functional as the traditional nuclear family. More and more adults are choosing to remain single, or to move in with a girlfriend or boyfriend without marrying, or even to live with a group of adults. Some people choose to have children, while others decide to remain childless, or dedicate themselves to fostering older kids. And some choose to keep cats or dogs, lizards or hamsters or exotic chickens.
Then there's Trent Footbridge.
Trent is raising a seven-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex named Todd. Keep Reading
I know it's not uncommon for me to turn on some tunes while I'm working at the King Features New York office, and I got to wondering about what kinds of music *cartoonists* listen to while they work-- if they do at all! This week, I asked our cartoonists to talk about their musical influences and what role music plays in their lives and comics! Keep Reading
When Kieran Meehan's Pros & Cons launched in 2005, it was originally entitled "A Lawyer, A Doctor, & A Cop", which was a reference not only to the tried-and-true legacy of "walked into a bar" jokes, but also referred to the main characters of the strip: criminal defense attorney Sam Rhodes, detective Stan Defoe, and psychiatrist Lyndon Peel. It was renamed in 2008 to its shorter, punnier title. Keep Reading
We spend a lot of the time focusing on the *pictures* in comics, so today, I thought it would be fun to focus on the writing-- which is often just as important, and sometimes moreso, than the images that accompany it. I asked our cartoonists to talk a little bit about some of their favorite words and the way they use words in their cartooning! Keep Reading