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News Around the Kingdom: Dennis the Menace Celebrates A Birthday!

Greetings Comics Royals!

"Dennis the Menace" celebrates 65 years!

 Happy Birthday to Hank Ketcham’s “Dennis the Menace” comic panel which celebrates its 65th year this week!

In other news…

Patrick McDonnell visits Animal Care Centers of NYC!
Patrick McDonnell visits Animal Care Centers of NYC!
An example of Patrick McDonnell's Shelter Stories.
An example of Patrick McDonnell's Shelter Stories.

Patrick McDonnell (“Mutts”) will appear in “Shelter Me:  Hearts and Paws” (Episode 6) on PBS in May!  He was filmed during his time at NYC”s only public, open-admissions animal shelter, Animal Care Centers of NYC!  The experience was turned into a week-long series of “Mutts” strips (“Shelter Stories”) last month!

Barney Google and Spark Plug!
Sparky Schulz was nick-named after Barney Google's race horse

John Rose (“Barney Google & Snuffy Smith”) tells us how the iconic comic strip “Peanuts” influenced his own work!  He also shares this interesting fact:  “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz was given the nickname “Sparky” after the racehorse character Spark Plug in “Barney Google & Snuffy Smith”!

A sample of Joe Giella's work
A sample of Joe Giella's superhero artwork

Writer Tom Ward talks to comic book legends Joe Giella ("Mary Worth") and Joe Sinnott who are no average Joes!  They've worked on practically every comic book character imaginable and are considered comic book royalty in the industry!

The first non-comic book Beetle collection!
The first non-comic book Beetle collection

 Brian Walker (“Hi & Lois”) talks about Daylight Savings Time!  He also talks about the first non-comic book “Beetle Bailey” collection!

"Bizarro" by Dan Piraro

Finally, Dan Piraro (“Bizarro”) posts his weekly collection of hilarious comics!

Thanks for catching up on this week’s News Around the Kingdom!

 See you again next Friday! Have a great weekend.

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