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
You know you’re a “Star Wars” fan when … Keep Reading
This li'l chick is my patronus. Keep Reading
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.